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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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    Carol Montesano, WA, United States 06-28-13
    Carol Montesano, WA, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Up to Sedaris' Previous Books"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't recommend this book to readers of Sadaris' previous books. Though some stories are as entertaining as his previous ones, overall these are darker and just not funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chapter on learning other languages.


    Could you see Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


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    Stephen Modesto, CA, United States 06-25-13
    Stephen Modesto, CA, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining!"
    Where does Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Found this book entertaining - good worldly humouor. I found this an amusing piece of writing.


    What other book might you compare Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to and why?

    Really? It was unique!


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    I liked that the author read his own book as it added so much character to the writings.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Willem LA CROSSE, WI, United States 06-09-13
    Willem LA CROSSE, WI, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This book made us laugh out loud!"
    What did you love best about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    As usual David Sedaris did not let us down. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls was very funny and kept our interest. We listened to it as we traveled on vacation. My partner and I loved it.


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    C. Keogh Austin, TX 06-07-13
    C. Keogh Austin, TX 06-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Some funny bits, but a lot of reruns"

    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.

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    April Lees Summit, MO, United States 06-06-13
    April Lees Summit, MO, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 06-04-13
    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    What did you like best about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls? What did you like least?

    Some of the Chapters were very creative and funny.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Sedaris again?

    No...


    What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's almost dry witty stand up, sometimes it's funny.


    Do you think Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It's arbitrary.


    Any additional comments?

    He's screwed up, but he spends most of his time making fun of other people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Albany, NY, United States 06-03-13
    Barbara Albany, NY, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Nobody Narrates Sedaris Like Sedaris"

    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.

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    Eddie Lynn 05-25-13
    Eddie Lynn 05-25-13 Member Since 2015

    Hoxie's girl

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    "Imagine a life with David Sedaris"

    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.

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    disudds SLC, UT 05-19-13
    disudds SLC, UT 05-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining!"

    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.

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    Marci portland, OR, United States 04-29-13
    Marci portland, OR, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2007
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    "David Sedaris is back"

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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