I have always really enjoyed David Sedaris' books, however this one was a little hard to get through. It really just felt like he was running out of things to talk about. There were a few amusing moments, but this one was pretty dry. I did enjoy the last chapter so stick it out until the end!
Author, Narrator, Reader, Listener
The book started with the least funny, but about the time I got to the fifth essay, Sedaris was cracking me up again. The Pimsleur bonus track was amazing.
It is what it is.
David Sedaris is brilliant. His outlook on everyday life is hilarious. I am sad that I missed his lecture in my city last year.
While the first few family stories made me cringe, I enjoyed David's writing style. This compilation of short essays made we want to crack my diary open again.
Yes, this audiobook included light music between the numbers and it was a nice break from the story for a moment. Also, some of these essays are recorded live, so you get to hear reactions from the crowd, which you wouldn't get in print.
David Sedaris of course! I've read most of his other books and love them, but this was the first audiobook I have done where he is the author. I also loved hearing stories about his dad, just because they were so outrageous and funny.
He does voices for his family and people in his stories, they were all great.
I really liked hearing about his upbringing, and travels in his early 20's.
I think that this is a superb audiobook. Sometimes David sounds a little funny, but it helps the story have a little more character! I'd like to hear another narrator give some of these a shot - I performed a piece in college for a Communication Performance act. I'll likely give another of his a try.
I bought this book on a whim. I'm not at all familiar with the author, but the title caught my eye. Before I bought the book I read the review and I also read the reviews of the other books that the author has written. So I took a chance, I bought the audio book. As a first time listener to this author I really wasn't sure what to make of it. Reading reviews, I expected to laugh out loud and have a grand old time with each essay. Now, I would be lying if I said that I didn't get a few chuckles. I especially enjoyed the bit about the dentist's office, and also the bit about the colonoscopy. Other than that, each story was just one mundane glimpse into the author's life after another. Maybe I didn't pick the right book to start with with this author, I don't know. I'm willing to give it another chance with another book but just not at this time. I'm not really sure what all the fuss is about with this author. Honestly the book was not all that interesting and most of his stories seem to be fairly pointless and not very exciting. Again I'll try to be fair and give the book 3 stars. Maybe he has some better works but as for this particular book, I don't know that I would really recommend it to anybody.
I have loved many of David Sedaris' essays. This book is a huge disappointment, as the essays are not funny or insightful. He seems obsessed with his terrible father (not funny) and stories of injured or dead animals (also not funny.) He has definitely lost his gift.
Even the music between chapters is beautiful. I love all his books - especially listening to him read them - but this is the best. I've listened to it dozens of times and I still hear something new and laugh every time.