HERNDON, VA, United States
As always, David Sedaris is incredibly funny and, Mr. Sedaris, if you are reading this, I apologize. I love your writing so. I'd be your biggest fan but that's a pretty creepy appellation.
This collection, though, just didn't really flow. It was a collection of stories with only the mild theme of holidays. It gets a 4 overall because he is a really good author but, judged by comparing to his other books, it should get a 3.
Many of these stories were in his other books, to some extent that's expected, but not when it's such a significant amount of the book. Also, the long performance piece done by another voiceover actor should have been labelled "seriously unabridged" - it went on about twice as long as it ought.
I didn't really like this book but I didn't hate it. Mostly the only issue I had is the writing style is... Let me see if I can explain this properly: when you read a lot of brain candy-type novels (lighthearted romance or fiction) you tend to skim them fairly quickly because for every 10 pages there is only one solid page of real information or character development.
These books (at least the first and second) bear those same marks. It's the written equivalent of a Darma (a la Darma and Greg) character - such a free spirit, but such a boring free spirit who can't speak very well. I might have enjoyed this book more if it were something I was reading and that I could skim. Fast forwarding isn't really the same thing.
The first book was great and so was this one. I should add that I am a SciFi & Fantasy fan, if you aren't, this might not initially appeal to you but I promise you'll get pulled in by the characters.
I cannot begin to tell you the disappointment I had when I realized the next one wouldn't be out for some time. If there's any complaint I have, it'd be that I can't hear more.
This person did a great imitation of the Sookie from TV. I had read the books, learned to almost like the television show (it's always hard to see characters you pictured in your head portrayed by someone else's imagination), and then decided the last in the series I'd listen to in audio format. It really didn't disappoint. The narrator did a great job and Charlaine Harris' books always leave me wanting to hear more.
I really liked the beginning of this series which I read in the old school, paper-bound form. I'm not totally sure if it's the book itself, the actor, or the bad translation from words to audio but I never even finished this book.
The narrator has a good voice and was likely going for the verbal gritty equivalent of Film Noir but it ended up merely convincing me he had some serious lung problems. Every time he did this shaky breath-in thing in between lines, I wanted to scream, "Go see a Doctor, sir!"
Unless desperate, I won't be listening to the rest of this series. I may buy the books, though.
I really enjoyed how this book flowed. Sometimes his collections of stories have a tendency to be just that: a collection of stories. This book flowed incredibly well and more than once made me laugh aloud.
I think I still judge a book by its cover, even if I order it online. I swear I bought this book because the cover was so pretty and the inside didn't live up to it. This man repeated words and phrases more than Dean Koontz; it was as if he had a two chapter idea he wanted to stretch into a full book. Shame on you, Mr. Ehrman. It was so bad, I actually got road rage from my audiobook.
Get this. We should kidnap Tina Fey and make her be the reader for all audiobooks.
I love Neil Gaiman and this book didn't lessen that love. Very good story though the end left just a teensy bit to be desired. The reader was dead-on, too.
Just not this book. It's probably more a coffee table book. It's not a good audiobook unless you have some attention deficit disorder.
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