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.
The fact that it is a true story…I loved how this skinny, delinquent kid found a path to success, dedicated himself to it, and became an unlikely star. Likewise, he approached being a POW with determination not only to survive but to prove himself stronger than his captors' torture.
I appreciated the knowledge I gained about families preparing to send their sons to war and what these young men experienced in training and combat. I enjoyed the gripping suspense of the three men trying to survive their plane crash in the Pacific ocean, stories of the POWs' outwitting their Japanese captors, and the excitement of the American bombers dropping rations and news of the war's end, but my favorite part was hearing how Louie's life, which spiraled out of control for a while after his rescue, reached a turning point that ultimately decided the course of his life.
There are so many memorable characters in Louie Zamperini's story: his family, fellow soldiers, Japanese captors, and those who influenced his life after his rescue. I was very touched by the single Japanese guard who was kind to Louie while he was imprisoned on Kwajalein, known as Execution Island.
Heroes of The Greatest Generation
The POWs' imprisonment and suffering were so long and hard that I found myself begging for an end to the war as I listened to the continual degradation and abuse by Japanese soldiers. Hold on for the incredible conclusion.
I appreciated how this NDE opened a neurosurgeon's mind to the afterlife. I was particularly interested in how his brain was completely non-functioning during his coma, therefore could not be creating this experience as is often alleged by the medical community.
The author was adopted as an infant. I enjoyed hearing his challenges and eventual success in locating his birth family. I was moved by the role a family member played in his NDE.
HIs sincerity and spiritual conversion were affecting.
The author's voice and delivery are a little clinical. However, his authenticity and my interest in the subject rendered it irrelevant for an enjoyable listening experience. The descriptions of his experience in heaven, while fascinating, were not as much a focal point of the story as his medical circumstances proving his experience was not created by his mind.
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