Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2014
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. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.
©2013 David Sedaris (P)2013 Hachette Audio
"Sedaris is the preeminent humorist of his generation." (Entertainment Weekly)
Of course it's a plus that David Sedaris performs as much as he reads his essays. And of course it's a plus that they are witty and provocative. The only real down-side is when he touches a sensitive nerve or two, but then I suppose that's what provocative essays are designed to do. The essays at the beginning are much better than those at the end, which were sort of ridiculous. I listened during my commute and was sorry that it only lasted about a week.
I've followed David Sedaris for years and seen him speak twice. Before this book, his recent material included a lot of parables starring animals. They were not to my taste, I was disappointed that his work was heading in that direction. I'm so happy he is back. This book is filled with new yet classic Sedaris material with stories of his travels, his childhood, and his family. This book is a little darker than his past works, it feels a little more raw, but that doesn't make it any less great. I enjoyed this book like getting back in touch with an old friend.
Say something about yourself!
We are able to count on having multiple episodes of side-splitting laughter when David Sedaris reads his own work . Neither my husband nor I have laughed uncontrollably for quite some time. I was afraid the neighbors might become annoyed with us. Mr. Sedaris writes well, and he is also a gifted narrator.
Having listened to David Sedaris since he read excerpts from his book, "Holidays on Ice" on NPR, I do not enjoy reading his work as much as I enjoy listening to him narrate. I still purchase all of his books anyway, in case he requires additional periodontal, orthodontics, or oral surgery.
I actually prefer to listen to his books punctuated with sufficient time to recover from diaphragmatic fatigue.
Mr. Sedaris is one of my favorite authors. I hope that he still does book tours, and will make an appearance in Northern California soon.
I love all these Sedaris gems, but had heard several of them before on such shows as "This American Life," and "The Moth."
Amanda is passionate about enjoying a whole life and helping others empower themselves.
My love for David Sedaris and his storytelling continues strong! Delivery is always amazing.
I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.
I find many of his stories engaging but others push me into the abyss. The passport story is pretty amazing. I'd have written that if it happened to me.
Not as perfect as his early stories---but what are you gonna do?
Davis Sedaris always makes me laugh----and this selection did too, even though overall it wasn't as good as some previous works. Once you hear his delivery a few times, and know what his story lines are like, you do expect a certain level of entertainment. He just didn't sound like he put all his effort into this one. Also, there is one duplicate story about the Kookaburra, but this is a shortened version, leaving out the part where he and his sister sing in bed.
I thought the music between sections was a little odd, and too long, so hope that changes in the future. However, his type of humor is such genius, and so unique, that I couldn't really fault him too much. I hope his next offering brings back the level of well thought out stories such as those in When You are Engulfed in Flames, which was probably his best.
Yes, hearing Mr. Sedaris read his stories is an important part of what makes his stories so wonderful. I usually don't like books read by the author, but when it comes to Mr. Sedaris I always go for the audio version.
I find his stories to be a wonderful mix of humor, tragedy, and truthfulness.
Yes, I have listened to them all. This one is just as good as the rest. I tend to like the more personal stories that involve his family and childhood, and this book has just that.
I've been waiting for this to some out for a while, and it's SO good. David Sedaris is just great, super funny. I made an ass out of myself laughing as I walked down the street alone a few times. If you don't already, download everything he has ever written. It's worth it. He has not written a bad book.
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