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)
Not funny, not serious, no literary appeal. This book had not much of anything going for it. How on earth did people rate this so highly?
I'm not sure what genre this is. A collection of short stories that is neither witty nor interesting. Maybe if I had stuck it though for a few more hours, I'd find some redeeming value. Nope - ain't gonna happen.
NEVER!! No way!!
This book sucks (in technical jargon).
Of course, I would.
I have always viewed Sedaris' books as veritable gems. This one, however, felt like an imposter. I noticed the absence of three things that NO author-not even a bestselling one-should compromise; focus, audio quality and a good editor. I could've lived with the terrible audio and bizarre musical transitions, but the lack of focus (or an editor to catch it) was prevalent in every story. It was like Sedaris was trying to sound introspective and deliver some type of 'make you think about it' moments that came across insincere and disjointed. For example, a story about Loggerhead turtles jumped to gay black men in a bathroom together and David's opining about 'living on the run', then back to turtles, over to the best friend's father's death by heart attack/alcoholism, then a bb gun and back to turtles again. Before, David managed to hit those posts naturally. Not this time. I also noticed a bit more gratuitous blue language. Don't get me wrong; I can cuss a dead man to walk but it didn't sound right coming from David.
A gay author who thinks he is funny with sexual undertones.
Not a fun short story as expected
The undertone of gay sexual innuendo's.
This just isn't hillarious, fun or entertaing
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