I thought the first chapter was ok and the french dentist story hilarious. Then it died and just got depressing. I know times have changed, but I didn't really enjoy hearing the stories from his youth.
Great stories from a twisted view.
All his other books.
I never tire of David's stories. It was interesting to know more about how he got to this point in life. I love his love/hate relationship with his parents. He's just a twisted, funny person who has a keen sense of his surroundings. His sarcastic encounters with just about any situation really make me laugh. I hope he doesn't read this because he'd find something sarcastic to say about it. And, he can tell the Billy Holiday story over a hundred times and I'll listen to it again and again.
More whining than humor
No more from this author
It would be easier to say which I would keep.
Everything. I loved how David Sedaris really brought his essays to life!
I didn't have a favorite character. I enjoyed everyone, especially the essays about his dad.
I enjoyed the dog days essay, but I didn't really have a favorite.
David Sedaris is my favorite chronicler of the life of David Sedaris. Another breezy excursion here… and i'm left wondering 'bout those who read the words off the page since having them in my ears here, the author so clearly speaks in his own voice - who'd have it any other way? We listen and then we're done. Hear you next time.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Enjoyable, but not as good as other Sedaris classics. Some of the essays are more, ummmm, shall we say "uncomfortable" than others, but laughs do exist.
I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.
I am a fan of David Sedaris but thought this book was definitely not one of his best. The stories early in the book were OK with some humorous moments. The stories at the the book were horrible. Unlike earlier stories they were not based on reality and consisted of "bashing" some people's priorities and life style (particularly women). Not one bit funny,I found them offensive!
David, you're fabulous.
Entertain me, make me look like a crazy lady on the train when my shoulders shake silently in laughter. Give me tears of joy and blurt with laughter. Transport me to wherever the story is. Man, I'm picking up rubbish on the side of the road, right there with you.
I Love you. I Love you, but I don't give one lick about your politics.
Please don't go there again, you're better than that. I'm gonna be here for you next time, but please don't do that again. David, I know it hurts to hear this, but I can't let you do this to yourself.
You have to stop now before it becomes a habit, and all your old friends leave, and you have to go out and find new friends. Jesesh David, do you want to end up on the sale table next to Al Franken? Do you? Because that's where you are headed if you don't stop this nonsense.
This book includes some great essays. However, Sedaris has a pretentious and preachy attitude that was absent from other books he has written. I found the "etc" section to be almost uncomfortable. I am not saying that because I disagree with any of his ideals (I don't disagree, I strongly agree actually) but the condescending tone and annoyingly obvious sarcasm is not something I enjoy. There are some great essays and laughable moments but often I was left wondering who was I listening to and why. Not bad but a disappointing listen.
I love David Sedaris. He's hilarious and brilliant. The experience of this book is what I would think of as Sedaris at a Tuesday dinner party vs the Saturday night of his best books. It's absolutely still worth the experience, just not the raucous, burst out laughing in public experience that originally made me recommend him to anyone and everyone.
The random musical selections in between stories were weird and pointless. Most of the stories are read in a studio, with an occasional chapter that is from a book tour, and that felt disjointed - not a bad performance by Sedaris, more like bad producing.