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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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    coggins Hartford, Connecticut United States 03-27-14
    coggins Hartford, Connecticut United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "He has changed"
    What would have made Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls better?

    The once-funny Sedaris has become a bitter, mean-spirited old man.


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

    No


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

    Sadness, disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Early Sedaris books are much better

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    Dawn calgary, AB, Canada 03-13-14
    Dawn calgary, AB, Canada 03-13-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm an audiobook narrator and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Happy to share my thoughts on books I've enjoyed.

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    "Too funny!"
    If you could sum up Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls in three words, what would they be?

    So amazingly good


    What did you like best about this story?

    David Sedaris is able to take the everyday and wring every little bit of humor out of it.


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

    David's tone and attitude add a multitude of layers to the stories.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Oh What A Life


    Any additional comments?

    Love, love, love David Sedaris. You cannot go wrong with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Houston, TX, United States 02-20-14
    Mark Houston, TX, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "It's like watching Michael Jordan play"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to be better than the print version?

    And in that title, I mean watching Jordan play in his prime; and yes, play basketball in his prime. Hearing Sedaris read his own work makes all the punchlines work. And if there's anything funnier than Pimsler languages poking fun at themselves at the end, I don't know what it is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's hardly fair, right? I mean, I'm pulling for Sedaris to be awesome from the start. _Me Talk Pretty One Day_ was damn near a religious moment in my life. I love how totally, unrelentingly hard Sedaris is on his characters. It makes me as a reader care for them so much.


    Which character – as performed by David Sedaris – was your favorite?

    Sedaris himself. Certainly not that pretty boy Hugh.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Underdogdjr Lowell, MA United States 02-17-14
    Underdogdjr Lowell, MA United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    "If you love him you will love this!"
    Would you listen to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls again? Why?

    Absolutely! The stories, like all of Sedaris'' best work are both humorous and thought provoking. Nothing is better than when he reads his own work.


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

    Me Talk Pretty One Day - because it's one of my favorites and this book reminds me of it in both tone and quality.


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

    No one, and I mean no one, can read his work like he can. There's a reason why his book tours where he reads stories are so popularly attended,


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You'll laugh, you'll cry from laughing, and you'll laugh some more.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris GILBERT, AZ, United States 01-31-14
    Chris GILBERT, AZ, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "David is Upset"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't believe in God and I'm a liberal but this wasn't a fun read. The last few essays left a bad taste in my mouth. It's like he's gearing his writing towards teenagers who don't have a clue. I don't read Sedaris to get upset about conservatives, but to laugh at the misery of his life and how he tells the story.


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    Neil LEXINGTON, KY, United States 01-20-14
    Neil LEXINGTON, KY, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2013

    very short atte..

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

    Number one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is a series of short pieces, not so much a story.


    Which character – as performed by David Sedaris – was your favorite?

    David Sedaris plays himself perfectly. Nobody else could.


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

    Yes, but I drive a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing missing is an album length impersonation of Billy Holiday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley NORTH BEACH, MARYLAND, United States 01-12-14
    Ashley NORTH BEACH, MARYLAND, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny enough to make you miss your turn"
    Any additional comments?

    This is the book that got me into Audible on the way from Massachusetts to Maryland. I was so engrossed in listening I missed my turn off the George Washington Bridge and ended up being lost for awhile. I love listening to David Sedaris read his own work, the stories come to life when you hear the emotion in his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Ridott, il, United States 01-01-14
    Rebecca Ridott, il, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great until the last chapter, then fizzled out."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The last chapter was lame. I didn't think that it fit the rest of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Very funny with sad moments of the author telling stories about his everyday life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis DALLAS, TX, United States 12-31-13
    Alexis DALLAS, TX, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Some jewels in a mountain of dirt"
    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    I would, depending on the topic. I learned that Sedaris has a distinctive viewpoint, which could lead to an interesting book...possibly.


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

    This book didn't give any consistent outstanding lines, but some parts really made me laugh. I forced myself through chapter 19 and 20, but after chapter 21, I skipped through and couldn't sit through. I understood the author's point, but extremism, no matter what position, really turns my interests sour.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Sedaris?

    I would. I think he was the best person to narrate his book.


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

    The extremists at the end...


    Any additional comments?

    I think this author is capable of enjoyable, random humor, but this piece does not demonstrate any ability. I don't regret buying this book, but I wouldn't recommend.

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    Leslie Alan Hartford, CT 12-22-13
    Leslie Alan Hartford, CT 12-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It's great!"
    Would you listen to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls again? Why?

    When it comes to David Sedaris's work, I'm definitely a teletubby listener ("Again! Again!"). I have nearly all of his audible books and have been sharing them with my family and friends for years. We always enjoy re-listening to his work, and this will be no exception. Don't hesitate.


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