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.
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"Sedaris is the preeminent humorist of his generation." (Entertainment Weekly)
I always enjoy David Sedaris, but I'll have to admit with this offering there was much material I'd already read or had experienced at his live shows. There are some new offerings towards the end that are pretty hilarious, but other than that I'd already heard most of it before.
I am a big David Sedaris fan, but this wasn't my favorite book of his. There were a few laugh out loud moments, just not as many as usual. I still think it is worth a listen.
Some of the Chapters were very creative and funny.
It's almost dry witty stand up, sometimes it's funny.
No. It's arbitrary.
He's screwed up, but he spends most of his time making fun of other people.
Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.
Typical David Sedaris: Honest, irreverent, touching and crude with lots of laugh-out-loud moments, read the way it was meant to be read. Thoroughly enjoyable.
If you like David Sedaris, you won't be disappointed by his latest work. Quirky, funny, and self-effacing as always, Sedaris is more focused on the world around him than he is focused on himself or his family. There is still some of his trademark self-absorption and family analysis, but he seems to be slowly sorting out all of his self-loathing and lingering family resentment, and he now has energy and attention to devote to other topics. Interestingly, in terms of family analysis, he has turned his attention on his father and away from his mother.
No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.
Humorist, storyteller, caustic self analyst, Sedaris spins the stories of his life. His observations of a seemingly normal experience shows the twisted gift he allows us to share with him. It makes me wonder how many of those incidents pass me by each day; untapped material for a book just slipping through my fingers.
Keep up the good work Mr. Sedaris - it is a gem I will listen to more than once.
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 am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
Most people first heard of Sedaris on NPR. His Santa Land Diaries was read every year around Christmas for a while. It is by far his funniest yet. After that I liked Dress Your Family in Corduroy. When you are Engulfed in Flames got a little too gay sex in bed descriptive for me and my wife. She turned it off and said no more. I listened to the rest of it by myself. Some very funny moments, but I was not liking the gay sex.
You want to know about this book. This one totally bummed me out. It is in sections and there is one section which is a live performance and it was LOL. The rest of the book is extremely sad. He really did not get along well with his parents and that comes out big time. I now know why Audible, put this down as Bio and not Comedy. If you are looking for a sad bio, this is for you. If you are looking for laughs, try some of his other works.
Having said that, Sedaris, just seems like a good friend and I feel guilty not giving him a great review. You will feel bad for him as he goes through this.
The narrator is Sedaris and no one narrates their own work better then he does, including Carlin, of whom I am a big fan.
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