It is hard for me to be unbiased when it comes to reviewing David Sedaris's work as I am a huge fan. As always, entertaining, especially in a Winter holiday context. I also love that David always narrates his books which makes them especially enjoyable.
Why do I read Ruth Reichl's books when I know I cannot stand her pretentious, condescending stories. Mildly interesting. However, we get it, Ruth - you like to talk about yourself as you think very highly of yourself and don't mind letting others know how smart and clever you are.
Nice little who dunnit. Great summer read or just when you don't want to tax your brain.
If you are easily offended by swear words and raunchy, explicit sex talk, this book is not for you. Maybe I am a little too old to be reading this (mid-forties). I just thought it would be funnier than it was. Did not find it laugh out loud funny. I found her stories to be more pathetic than anything.
Really cannot even comment on the storyline because the performance/ narration was so bad that I couldn't get past the first chapter. I hate these breathy, baby-voiced narrators.
Okay, the only reason that I gave this overall story four stars instead of five is because he abridged this audio version of the book, which I wish he hadn't. The abridgement of this book did not make me dislike the story - it just left me wishing for more. Had Adam not mentioned several times that he was leaving stories out and that we should get the hard copy for additional stories, I would have never known anything was missing. However, Adam does have two surprise guests join him in the studio which almost make up for the shortened reading of this book. Another reason that I gave the story a four rather than a five is because it seems that a good portion of the book is rehashing of the stories from "In Fifty Years....." just with more detail. Don't get me wrong, I gave "In Fifty Years...." five stars and loved it. I just wish there were additionally funny and juicy stories in this one without so much repeat. However, if you are an Adam Carolla fan or you just like to listen to someone with a really smart sense of humor, I truly recommend this book; I hated that it ended after 8 hours - wanted the story to keep going!
First, let me say that I am especially happy that Sean Schemmel narrated this book as he did for "Sh-t My Dad Says." The book would not have been the same using a different voice for Justin - and especially for his father. The story was absolutely hysterical - going into more detail about events which took place in the first book, as well as added new adventures. Justin's writing is superb and Schemmel's reading of this story just takes the story great to stupendous. I love that Schemmel has distinct voices for every character which adds to the story so much. I am certain people in the cars next to me at red lights thought I was a maniac as they watched me obviously laughing out loud and doubling over in my seat while listening to this book - not to mention the passengers on the seats next to me on the airplanes. I couldn't stop myself from uproarious laughter while listening. I would recommend this to anyone who is up for a great laugh and who isn't easily offended by the use of curse words. While you do not have to listen to the first book to enjoy this one, I just think it would highten someone's experience if they had the background in the first book before they listened to this one. This was fantastic.
I just didn't want this book to end. I love Nora's stories and listening to her read them is just an absolute joy. I am sorry that we will no longer get to hear her voice. If you've liked her other non-fiction books, you should enjoy this one just as much.
For anyone who has listeded to Celia Rivenbark narrate any of her other books, you will be SORELY disappointed with the narration of this book, which is not narrated by Celia. Rather, the publishers seem to have found an 80-year old emphazemic with no comedic timing to narrrate this book. It's hard to believe that this 80-year old sounding woman, who is supposed to be speaking in Celia's voice, is the mother of a three year old daughter or knows anything about popular culture. Because the narrator has no comedic timing or a sense of sarcasm, much of the humor in the book lays flat. If I had not read this book in hard copy when it was originally published and this was my first exposure to one of Celia's books, I would never purchase another. In addition to the 80+ year old emphazemic voice, it's hard to get over that you can actually hear that the narrator either has a bad case of dry mouth and/ or she is inhaling and exhaling her cigarettes. You hear those sticky mouth sounds like people get when they don't have enough saliva in their mouth. If I could have given the performance 0 stars, I would have. Shame on the publishers and audio director for ruining an otherwise good book. If you are looking to purchase this book, I would highly recommend getting it in paperback and reading it yourself rather than listen to this low-rent production of the book.
I originally read this book in paperback several years back but lent out my book and have no idea who has it now. It was so enjoyable the first time, it was worth a second read or, in this case, listen. A good modern non-fiction novel on how the South still hasn't gotten over the Civil War. As a Californian now living in the deep south, I often get called a Yankee. That is why I originally read this book - to help me have a greater understanding of why, over 100 years later, the natives still talk about the war. This book lead me to delve deeper into Civil War history.
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