I don't know
None I could find - quit listening after 30 minutes
I wanted a book to make me laugh - this is not that book.
David Sedaris is the funniest author I have ever read. This was the first book of his I listened to and will now be purchasing all of his work again from audible!
Laughed out loud.
I was literally laughing out loud about four sentences into the book. David Sedaris' stories and his delivery continue to delight, amuse and relate life as few others can. Although we've lead vastly different lives, I can still relate to the undertones of many of his stories. This book does not disappoint, whether a first-time reader or long-time fan.
One of the very best
Too many to list.
Outstanding creative vision and comedic timing.
Too long for one sitting, but very entertaining.
A few of the stories are repeats from other live performances that he has done, but the vast majority is new material.
Hearing David's own readings cost money. There's a reason. He delivers his own musings expertly and loaded with humor.
When You Are Engulfed In Flames. I believe of all David's collection this is the best collection. Diabetes with owls does not make it in the top three of his essay collections, Dress your family in corduroy and denim, and me talk pretty one day edging this one out.
I'm not sure this Sedaris piece had any stand-out stories that carry the way "Solution to Saturdays Puzzle" does in Engulfed in Flames. "A Guy Walks Into A Bar Car" made it into the 2010 Best American Essays Collection edited by Christopher Hitchens. However poignant, it could have been put into any of David's collections without elevating the book.
Viva la Knowledge!
Yeah I would actually make these stories interesting and funny. Two important charachteristics that I feel this book sorely lacks.
I didn't think his storys were that funny in this book. I bought this book based on his reviews because a lot of them we're positive. Now I am teetering on the idea that all of those positive reviews we're old fans grasping at Sedaris straws, frantically looking for something they could all proclaim was a "new classic". "Lets Explore Diabetes With Owls" is simply just not that interesting collection of essays.
He is a wonderful storyteller! Him reading his book was probably the best thing about the listening experience because he has such a charachter voice and also can interpret his work in the way it is supossed to be interpreted.
Paul is a writer of things, such as plays. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Metrosource and contributes regularly to "The Focus Group" on Sirius/XM OutQ.
After a number of books with equal or greater weight given to fables starring animals, Sedaris is back to telling the iconic stories in which he confronts the foibles of modern life and mines his past for stories of growing up Sedaris.
You get a little bit of everything - from modern day Sedaris navigating the beauracratic absurdities of living abroad to the young Sedaris family gathered around the kitchen table, trying to stop their father from attacking their friends. Sedaris finds warmth and humor in unexpected places - taxidermy, for example, and a colonoscopy. You can't help but laugh out loud.
The audiobook skillfully combines the fun of Sedaris reading before a live audience (with the - to be expected - accompanying raucous laughter) with the intimacy of Sedaris reading in a studio that made his first "Adventures in Santaland" so memorable.
Yes. Laugh and laugh and laugh!
Overall - great production. This is a fabulous collection of essays - offering lots of essays drawn from life and a few of his more over-the-top fiction pieces (relegated to the end). Intriguing musical (and other sound-based interludes) make one feel that the producers were interested in creating a coherent whole, and - as someone who enjoys both Sedaris live and Sedaris in-studio, I appreciated the mix of both.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
I've enjoyed David Sedaris for a long time now, and this book is no exception. It holds true to what one expects from Sedaris: it's clever, cutting, funny, and when you often least expect it, poignant. It's not quite as purely flat out funny like some of his other autobiographical experiences, but there's enough here to give his many fans a feeling of being back with their old buddy, and enough pure witty moments to gain converts. This is also one of those books that I think you can appreciate even more if you listen to each of the stories with a break in between. Too much snarky can be tiring, but it's always fun.
not a chance
not this author
the book is a waste of a credit
this book is terrible, couldnt even occupy our time on a road trip
I had a really hard time listening to this book and ended up not finishing it. I have listened to almost 200 books and this is one of the very few that I will and do not plan to finish.