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.
David Sedaris is one sick puppy. I'm not sure what that says about me :-)
I highly recommend you listen so you can then questioned your own moral fiber.
Sedaris has a very funny take on life. He shares a few hysterical stories in this book. However, there is quite a bit of scatological humor and numerous homosexual scenarios that some people might find offensive. I know it is just "not him" to do a funny book minus his "whole life", which necessarily includes the homosexual stuff. But I felt like it was just a bit overboard in some of the stories, at least for my taste. That's why I only gave it 3 stars overall and 3 for the story. The first 2 stories are very good. After that it kind of goes downhill.
Since Sedaris uses so much humor that I find somewhat obscene and gross, I probably will stay away from his other books. I wish the "cleaner" stories could be gathered into one collection. THAT I would buy and happily listen to!
Sedaris is very expressive conveying a great range of emotions and situations with his voice. You can easily imagine what he, or the people he is portraying, look like, and how they feel, just from how he expresses what they say. He is very good with descriptions too. There is interesting music between stories.
If you DO listen to this book, be sure to listen till the very end. There is a wonderful contribution from Pimsleur just before "Audible hopes you have enjoyed..."
I'm just this guy, you know? I like sci-fi, comedy, fantasy, history and other non-fiction.
Yes. This is smart humour. David Sedaris delivery is great. I always enjoy books read by the author.
When Engulfed in Flames is very similar.
Author of Kindertransport
Really fing funny!
This one ranks among ".. Corduroy and Denim" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day."
Listening to Sedaris narrate his own stories is as pleasant and true as listening to Tina Fey at "Bossypants" and Jennifer Lawson at "Let's Pretend..."
I am a big fan of Sedaris. This book is less biting as previous ones, but no less hilarious.
I'm guessing this wasn't the strongest Sedaris book I could've started with, having not read any of his other titles. He seems to be at his best when he's talking about topics either unabashedly gross or wildly uncouth (e.g., severed limbs, colonoscopies, etc.), much like he was on David Letterman however many years ago when describing his book tour exploits with the Stadium Pal (which also happened to be the first time I was exposed to his style of writing and humor). There are plenty of strong moments here but also some duds.
While I'd come back for another book of his--even his lows are markedly higher than the highs of other writers in this genre--it probably won't be for a while, and I'll ask around a bit more for the best of the best.
Recommended for those already a fan of David, but newcomers might want to look to his earlier work.
N/A. (This was my first.)
David's wit and charm come through as he reads, even if some of the subject matter isn't quite as strong as it could be.
Mostly, though some of the chapters didn't resonate with me as much as I was hoping them to.