When it comes to David Sedaris's work, I'm definitely a teletubby listener ("Again! Again!"). I have nearly all of his audible books and have been sharing them with my family and friends for years. We always enjoy re-listening to his work, and this will be no exception. Don't hesitate.
I LOVE his orher books! I have embarrassed myself laughing out loud in airports and car dealerships reading his other books ...but this....I chuckled once, smiled twice, said ""yuck" several times. I had to make myself keep listening since I paid for this book.
I will think twice before purchasing another of his books.
Unlike his other readings, David seems to be in a bad mood.
I don't understand why there is so much music in between chapters?!
I've been a fan of David Sedaris since the late 90s and I love Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. I loved his outrageous humor and his eye for the grotesque and absurd. After that book I thought he started moving into more somber, earnest territory, and also started repeating himself. The only essays in this book that seem funny are the live readings where you hear audience laughter punctuating his remarks.
For a fan, this book was really repetitive. He's studying languages, reminiscing about his dad (who now sounds downright abusive rather than ridiculous), talking about Paris, making fun of homophobes, telling stories about book tours, etc etc.
Slowed down and subdued. It's been strange to hear his reading voice has gotten slower and calmer with each new audiobook.
It's disappointing -- I loved his manic, unmistakable voice in the earlier books. How did he describe it? "With its girlish timbre and high, excitable pitch". Voices do get deeper with age, but it sounds like he's working to "sound less gay". Sounds like the speech therapy he made fun of in "Go Carolina" has finally worked :-(
Not unless he finds some new things to write about.
Other reviewers complain that it's not as fresh as his older works, but its good moments are great. The dog poetry would do Ogden Nash proud. Even the production credits at the end had me laughing out loud.
A listeader. I love the journey of listening to my intellectual fortification.
I haven't read it but if the book is half as good then it would be great.
Obammmaaaa in France. You had to be there.
His parents. Hilarious.
His Dad's insistent rejection of him and then trying to be there for him for the colonoscopy.
Listen to it.
I would listen to all of David Sedaris' books again and again! He's delightful and has inspired me to write my own blog of funny flashback memories of my own life.
The dentist in France.
Check out "Holidays on Ice" by David Sedaris. HILARIOUS and relatable.
I love this author. His amazing ability to find the humor in every day situations is outstanding.
Writing from personal experience, and over 35 years of journal entries, he weaves many stories in all of his essays and brings you into his world of the odd and interesting.
I would recommend this book for a good laugh, and urge you to hang on through the Stand By (talking about layovers and delays), and the essays written for debating teenagers.
I laughed out loud several times, and have purchased the hard copy to share with my friends.
So if you love a good laugh at every day situations, I would definitely recommend this book!
Book Lover in Ottawa
I’m not sure why I bought this book as I’d never heard of David Sedaris before. It was likely the couple glasses of wine that lowered my resistance to buying 3 Audible credits and and a desire to stock up on audiobooks before going on vacation, even though I didn’t need more books.
This title had permeated my consciousness with hype on Audible and some magazines I read and had peaked my curiosity. In my research prior to purchasing, I found that David is an American humorist with a decent following and so I decided that Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls would be my introduction to David Sedaris.
This book then sat unread for a little over 4 months before I queue it up while waiting for my next Audible credit to arrive. I figured as this was a book of distinct stories that I could always stop part way through if I wanted to read something else, but didn’t.
David reads this book himself which I have always liked for biographical audio books and does a solid job presenting his material. Some of his stories have been recorded live, but most of the book is recorded in studio. The stories reflect David’s life growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, living abroad, traveling, and being gay before ending with some short absurd and funny stories at the end of the book.
All the stories are good to great and I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions. Sedaris is just a bit older than I am, so I related well to his commentaries on how the world has changed since the 1970s. His stories are sympathetic enough that you are able to relate and care enough to find out more about Sedaris’ life, but not good enough for me to rush out and buy all his other audio books immediately. I’m not saying I won’t pick up another book by Sedaris, I probably will, but just not today.
In conclusion, a good book and a solid read if this is the type of book that interests you pick it up.
I liked the stories about his family. I did not like the diatribe about travelling in China or getting enraged at customers ordering coffee. Just not funny.
This was my first audiobook by Sedaris.
The french dentist who coins the phrase "good time teeth."
The author and his sister.
I've read everything by Sedaris... this was pretty good but there were a few stories felt like filler.
My time was well spent listening to this audio book because it provided a great soundtrack to my daily commute, which would otherwise be spent avoiding eye contact with pan-handlers and crazies.
Yes. His work is usually quite funny and relevant. And the material is not so engrossing that you'd get hit by bus while listening.
I loved "Me Talk Pretty One Day." It was laugh out loud funny. Unfortunately, I found this book a regurgitation of material I've heard before. It's not his best work, nor is it his worst. If you are unfamiliar with Sedaris' work, I'd suggest listening to this, otherwise it's old hat.
No. This would not translate to screen. These are merely sketches and not fleshed out stories.