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Georgia on my Mind

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  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
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    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Would have been miffed if I had paid for this."
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    I selected this book as a freebie, to try out Audible. I felt that I had to say that straight out, even though it makes me seem like an ungrateful jerk. Got this book FOR FREE by an author I enjoy, and here I am giving it two fours and a three. That being said, I leave it to you to decide if I should have written this.
    I enjoy Sedaris' writing.Well, I guess I enjoyed his earlier stuff a bit more.
    Some of the essays in this new book struck me as very mean spirited, meant to shock for shock's value only, but that's just my opinion, as a gun-loving Libertarian who supports gay marriage.
    Don't get me wrong, the chapter about China, dealing with the bizarre food and people defecating and hawking up mucus wherever the whim took them was truly hilarious.
    The chapter on Obama was fantastic, and I didn't even vote for him.
    But then towards the end, some of the satire struck me as just plain...boring.
    HOLIDAYS ON ICE has an essay dealing with a family's Christmas letter to their friends and family. Filled with truly horrendous stuff, but it makes me laugh out loud. It was narrated by a very talented actress, Ann Magnuson. I love hearing David perform his work, but maybe he should have asked his sister Amy to help?
    I completely understand that he's angry about gay marriage not being the law of the land. But the tide is turning. Minnesota just made it legal.
    Some of these tales made me feel as if I was being punished for something I didn't do.
    Not a terrible book, but kind of a let down after the great WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES.
    I keep reading and re-reading this review. It's just my opinion, but to paraphrase David himself, I feel like I've kicked a kitten.


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