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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls Audiobook

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

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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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    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 04-24-13
    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    Fans of David Sedaris rejoice--this is his best collection of essays since "Me Talk Pretty One Day"--at least in the humble opinion of this reviewer. Sedaris is in top form here on topics ranging from airline travel to the pitfalls of foreign language instruction (Japanese, German, Chinese) to the casual everyday cruelty of children--and of adults, for that matter. The tone is in turn poignant and sarcastic, and always unflinchingly honest.

    Sedaris' humor has an edge to it and he doesn't spare himself from its blade, but he unfailingly finds the comedy in his experiences and invites us to do the same. His turn of phrase manages to state truths while at the same time being very funny--one example I can't get out of my head is his observation that Americans see Australians as "Canadians in a thong."

    While one or two of the essays had a familiar ring to them (perhaps from a version appearing on an episode of This American Life?), the material is almost all new as far as I can tell.

    Sedaris' deadpan delivery style greatly enhances the listening experience--this is certainly an instance where the audio surpasses the print version. Highly recommended!

    30 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Heily 12-07-16
    Heily 12-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    What would have made Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls better?

    I've read most of his earlier books and this one was the slowest and most uninteresting to me


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    Carolyn Bowen-Lewis 12-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Misleading title"
    Would you recommend Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I was searching for books on diabetes. This was good humor but not on subject


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed but passes time while driving


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    Aaron Melman 11-20-16
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    "Very entertaining"

    Great to listen to, funny but zoned out at times. Might listen to some more books by david

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    Amardeep 11-19-16
    Amardeep 11-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    I always enjoy David Sedaris's work. I would recommend this book to any fan. I just wish it was longer.

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    Sarah E. Dobard 11-17-16 Member Since 2015

    Audiobooks are my jam. I enjoy comedy, autobiographies, a bit of sci-fi and horror, and informative non-fiction.

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    Where does Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read David Sedaris' text, but hearing him narrate his own stories brings a completely new aspect to the experience. His comedic timing is great. The very first story in the book, about his visit to a taxidermy shop, has stuck with me and I still laugh about it.


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    Theresa Lessig 11-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    Not hilarious. Interesting in a sad way. Couldn't finish it. Narration was good and easy to listen to. But it made me more sad than happy. I made it through 10 chapters, so I gave it a fair chance. sorry!

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    SamF. 10-31-16
    SamF. 10-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Sedaris makes a comeback"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls the most enjoyable?

    After having been disappointed my some of Sedaris's recent work, I thought that this was a real return to his unique style of deadpan, absurdist humor. One complaint is that some of his work in this book was previously published elsewhere, but it still feels fresh to hear him read it.


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    W. Shin 10-27-16
    W. Shin 10-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    If you could sum up Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, intriguing, interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought he was honest and expressed his true self.


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

    Reading it would not have been the same. David was speaking to me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


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    Anastasia Austin Boston, MA USA 10-26-16
    Anastasia Austin Boston, MA USA 10-26-16 Member Since 2014

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    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this title before... I have listened to it so many times! Nothing beats listening to David Sedaris read David Sedaris :)

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