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)
Everything. I loved how David Sedaris really brought his essays to life!
I didn't have a favorite character. I enjoyed everyone, especially the essays about his dad.
I enjoyed the dog days essay, but I didn't really have a favorite.
David Sedaris is my favorite chronicler of the life of David Sedaris. Another breezy excursion here… and i'm left wondering 'bout those who read the words off the page since having them in my ears here, the author so clearly speaks in his own voice - who'd have it any other way? We listen and then we're done. Hear you next time.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Enjoyable, but not as good as other Sedaris classics. Some of the essays are more, ummmm, shall we say "uncomfortable" than others, but laughs do exist.
I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.
I am a fan of David Sedaris but thought this book was definitely not one of his best. The stories early in the book were OK with some humorous moments. The stories at the the book were horrible. Unlike earlier stories they were not based on reality and consisted of "bashing" some people's priorities and life style (particularly women). Not one bit funny,I found them offensive!
David, you're fabulous.
Entertain me, make me look like a crazy lady on the train when my shoulders shake silently in laughter. Give me tears of joy and blurt with laughter. Transport me to wherever the story is. Man, I'm picking up rubbish on the side of the road, right there with you.
I Love you. I Love you, but I don't give one lick about your politics.
Please don't go there again, you're better than that. I'm gonna be here for you next time, but please don't do that again. David, I know it hurts to hear this, but I can't let you do this to yourself.
You have to stop now before it becomes a habit, and all your old friends leave, and you have to go out and find new friends. Jesesh David, do you want to end up on the sale table next to Al Franken? Do you? Because that's where you are headed if you don't stop this nonsense.
I love David Sedaris- and he is one of my favorite audiobook readers. However, these stories of his are not as interesting as usual. Listening to stories about being trapped in Europe and having to cancel a book tour or not being the best student in a Japanese language course (in Japan), comes off as pretentious. Yes, David Sedaris has that edge normally but this book is hard to find funny. Also, the owl title is rather annoying. Yes, a story relates but the entire title does not. David Sedaris is always fun, uncomfortable, and awkward but this book is all that in a way that makes it sound like his life has become better than his previous successes.
Books have always been an escape for me: initially from my studies, now from too much work. A good story is my favorite remedy.
David Sedaris' own narration is incredible. I cannot imagine anyone delivering this work any better
...some amusing, some side-splitting, all thought-provoking.
I love David Sedaris. He's hilarious and brilliant. The experience of this book is what I would think of as Sedaris at a Tuesday dinner party vs the Saturday night of his best books. It's absolutely still worth the experience, just not the raucous, burst out laughing in public experience that originally made me recommend him to anyone and everyone.
The random musical selections in between stories were weird and pointless. Most of the stories are read in a studio, with an occasional chapter that is from a book tour, and that felt disjointed - not a bad performance by Sedaris, more like bad producing.
As a Sedaris fan, I'm easy to please. All of his nonfiction essays (the first part of the book) were LOL funny, really engaging and entertaining. In the second half of the book he went into fictional essays, which were hit or miss.
I love David Sedaris. I'd listen to him read anything, especially his own non-fiction. I don't enjoy the fiction as much, but appreciate his imagination.
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