Yes, a Sedaris fan or other socially liberal person will love this book. Sedaris uses his sharp wit to roast social conservatives in many essays (which is delicious!). Passive-agressive? Give this book to your conservative friends and family.Sedaris continues down a path toward more serious, darker work. Funny topics in earlier essays about drug addiction, death, etc. have led to rather sad and disturbing parables (i.e. "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk") and this most recent work continues on that path. Certainly, some essays are on the surface just plain funny, but there is a more serious undercurrent and depth that Sedaris had added to this collection.
It's great to listen to Sedaris read his own work. This book, like all of his work are personal essays which lean toward social commentary. Like "Me Talk Pretty One Day" focused on David's life in France, this book focuses on David's life in England and on the road. He's no longer an every-man: cleaning apartments, working construction, attending school, doing drugs, etc., and I think his new life as a successful writer may turn-away some fans. He remains, however, very much himself. Extremely entertaining, thoughtful, witty, and (despite his own opinion of himself) very likable.
Some good advice is overshadowed by the author's overuse of hyperbole, which I found distracting and annoying. I disagreed with her advise to shame people via social media to enforce good behavior. Shaming is very unmannerly. There were a few nuggets of advise which I appreciated like when to approach a crying stranger or when to leave a voice mail message. Overall, tedious and marginally informative.
Entertaining read for young-adults and adults alike. A great introduction for younger readers (and adults, too) into the real life and experience of a modern-day Native American teenager. No vampires, dragons, etc. needed to keep the reader engaged.
It's almost always great when a writer reads their own work, but Sherman Alexie excels at the spoken word. In lectures, I've heard him talk about the Indian way of speaking, especially around non-Native Americans, and here he lends full force to the North Western Native American dialect.
The book reads like a movie, and I'm amazed it didn't get made as such. This is a little off-putting as "great literature" goes, but I believe the style would help keep younger readers engaged.
Also, I'd love my young sons to read this book, but it's still to old for them. I'd recommend readers no younger than 13.
Yes. My five-year-old asks that we listen to it nearly every night.
The little mouse is so clever.
Nicely read. Pleasant to listen to.
The audio book is best if you are already familiar with the story or the short-film. Not a lot of descripiton in the narration, itself. Buy the book, supplement with the audio.
The narration is great! Kelly Lintz does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life without self-conscious cleverness. A pleasure to listen to.
After my children, age 5 and 7, enjoyed a nighttime reading of Rapunzel I bought this for some after-dark story time. I knew Grimm's Tales could be dark, but many are so gruesome that I have to preview and take notes before I can listen to them with my children. Many of the stories are variations on the same theme so it often feels like you've heard the stories before. (Children lost in the woods, evil step-mothers, beautiful maiden marries wealthy king, etc.) I'm glad I've been able to offer my children a different viewpoint of the folk tales than the Disney version most have grown up with and introduce them to real literature. The re-telling of these folk tales do a suprisingly good job painting a picture in the listener's head.
I have maybe five "characters" in my bedtime story repertoire, many of which make my throat itch after a few pages. Lintz has, seemingly, hundreds which she transitions from one to another without skipping a beat.
No. 22+ hours of folk tales. I doubt I'll ever get through them all.
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