Sedaris's stories usually have me in stitches, and hearing him read them is always a plus. But the stories in this book are truly uninspired, and not even his narration can save them.
Write better stories for himself to read!
There is one hilarious and poignant story on gay marriage.
I like David Sedaris. I have read or listened to many of his prior books. Some, such as Me Talk Pretty One Day, are among the funniest books I have ever read. This one, not so much. A lot of it felt kind of sad with an edge of bitterness. Some of the essays were just boring. I found my mind just drifting off focus while the words seemed to just drone in the background. Never a good sign.
There is humor, but it is not the laugh out loud type of previous works but more the mild amusement type.
He talks a lot about his father. Usually his family stories are some of the funniest but these seemed more resentful and angry. He portrays him as both physically and mentally abusive which is somewhat unsettling and not at all humorous. I read Sedaris to smile and laugh, but I found myself feeling saddened and sorry for him for much of the book. Not enough humor to balance the scales.
I enjoy Sedaris' descriptive phrases, his offbeat sense of humor, and his unexpected candor about his own shortcomings as a human.
The only way and the best way this collection of essays could have been more enjoyable would be to excise the obsessive sexual references. They're not funny, clever, or quirky. They're just token and out of place, as if put there to show he's still virile - as if any of us need to be reminded that all men, whether they are straight, gay, bi, young or old, are usually thinking about sex - or perhaps to sell the book to the masses who care nothing for his prose or his velvety-smooth delivery in this audio book.
I did not spew coffee on my Mac this time, even when he spoke of Amy's gift of the crocheted owl mask. But it is comparable in pithiness and humor to Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Children etc.
Some Owls and Turtles, But Mostly Sex
Had to stop listening at the sixth story because the multiple sexual references became so tiresome his prose wasn't worth the slog through the sex.
David Sedaris, as always, delivers a thoughtful and witty reflection on his own experiences. As a long-time fan, I would definitely recommend this book, though I didn't find it as consistently golden as some of his other works. He's not a young man any more, and some of his opinions (notably on politics) can get tiresome at times.
For a first-time reader of Sedaris's work, I would more readily recommend "Me Talk Pretty One Day", "Holidays On Ice", or "When You Are Engulfed In Flames".
Different person's life story.
Nothing personal but..... nothing. I just do not like his humor or his life story
Performance was rated low because of the subject.
Indifference and boredom.
Ugh. I like David Sedaris but this was slow, boring and I couldn't even finish the first story. Sedaris' narration was monotone - without any expression. Don't waste your money. I can't see how anyone gave this more than three stars - and you would have to be a big fan at that.
witty, intelligent, cranky
his story of his father's role in his colonoscopy was hilarious and painful at the same time. I don't know how much of it, or if any of it was true, but that is a very complex relationship.
I am always entertained and enlightened by David S. and this collection did not disappoint
I would totally recommend this book. It is well written and well read.
Too many to mention in particular.
Yes, but, unfortunately could not.
David Sedaris is a genius. His writing is funny and engaging. I recommend him to anyone who enjoys a thoughtful, well-written, engaging book!
Bohemian Bon Vivant
I've listened to all of David Sedaris' books and would listen to this one even knowing what I know now, but compared to the others, this really seemed phoned in, as if Mr. Sedaris wasn't inspired in the least and was simply writing/compiling to meet a contractual obligation. This, along with Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, is the least interesting of what Mr. Sedaris has written to date.
Yes, of course, always. It was just limited by the material he was relaying this time.
Well I'm certainly looking forward to Mr. Sedaris next book, despite this rare miss. He's generally great fun, witty, clever, and insightful.
For the people here complaining in comments about sexual content, I don't get it. What are they talking about? Their only issue is that it's written by a gay man who is open about who he is and they aren't comfortable with that. If there's a graphic sex scene ANYWHERE in this I must have slept through it.
This is classic Sedaris so it has the laugh out loud moments, but the material is a darker introspection on David's myriad neuroses than we are accustomed to hearing.
A friend who is a huge D. S. fan is reading the book. She said the darkness is not as enjoyable for her as some of his earlier material. I can see how this would be the case with reading it in print, but I'm not experiencing this decline in enjoyment because Sedaris's incomparable vocal style and wit lighten the tone. Glad I chose the audio book!
David Sedaris has a gift for revealing his peculiarities and perceived weaknesses in such an honest, touching way that I can't help but recognize myself and laugh.
Yes. As always, I love to hear Sedaris read his own work.
This was my exercise diversion, and it always made me want to go one more lap or two around the neighborhood.