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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls | [David Sedaris]

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Sedaris is the preeminent humorist of his generation." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Thomas SANTA PAULA, CA, United States 06-25-13
    Thomas SANTA PAULA, CA, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    What would have made Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls better?

    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?


    Has Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Sedaris’s performances?

    NEVER!! No way!!


    What character would you cut from Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    The author


    Any additional comments?

    This book sucks (in technical jargon).

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Burlington, NC, United States 05-20-13
    Carmen Burlington, NC, United States 05-20-13
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    "Oh, David."
    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    Of course, I would.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Sedaris before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Sedaris’s performances?

    Yes


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Carson City, NV, United States 04-24-13
    Pamela Carson City, NV, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Not what audible summary says."
    What disappointed you about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    A gay author who thinks he is funny with sexual undertones.


    Has Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not a fun short story as expected


    What didn’t you like about David Sedaris’s performance?

    The undertone of gay sexual innuendo's.


    Any additional comments?

    This just isn't hillarious, fun or entertaing

    2 of 89 people found this review helpful
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