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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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    Amazon Customer REDONDO BEACH, CA, United States 08-12-14
    Amazon Customer REDONDO BEACH, CA, United States 08-12-14
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    "Told in the style of a 6.5 hour NPR broadcast"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not overtly funny, subtle and relaxing like an NPR broadcast (I love NPR by the way). Not quite enough meat to merit a $ book.


    What was most disappointing about David Sedaris’s story?

    No real standout moment, an average life told with subtle humor. The standard suburban kid story. Not funnier or more eventful than your average life. I expected more from a published autobiography. He takes average experiences and retells them without adding much additional humor. Its mildly amusing.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration, like the story, was uneventful. Not bad, not great. Told in the stereotypical even cadence and tone of a Saturday Night Live NPR skit.


    What else would you have wanted to know about David Sedaris’s life?

    I didn't know much about Mr Sedaris, I bought the book because of the best seller status (mistake I know) and its classification as humor/bio a genre I like. I feel I got a full taste but found nothing worthy of a book.


    Any additional comments?

    Its not bad, not great. He seems like a nice man and there is some humor there. Its not a terribly emotional story or narration. The story is better in snippets versus a marathon listen. Its decent enough to listen to in the car if you are driving at a time when NPR isn't broadcasting talk. If you drive during mornings and afternoons, save your money and listen to NPR, you will get the same experience for free.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Name withheld because stalkers Google me and I find it annoying Orchard Park, NY United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Non-stop laughter"
    Would you listen to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls again? Why?

    There aren't a lot of books I'd go back and listen to multiple times, but there are a few. There are definitely some stories in this one I would revisit and share with a friend or two.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    I find it very difficult to choose just one, but the two stories that I liked the best were the one about Obama being elected and the Europeans thinking it would never happen because Americans are too racist and the one where he talks about traveling abroad and learning German from the language recordings. Oh... and the young father with the special t-shirt in the airport. Can't forget that.


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    Not only is he a wonderful writer, but he is a very entertaining narrator. He tells the stories in an almost acerbic manner, but so humorously. The thoughts he describes going through his head are so much like what I think, and I'm sure anyone else who enjoys him. This is a man that I would absolutely love to encounter in an airport or coffee shop and spend some time bitching about other people.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoy listening to books while I do my grocery shopping. I go alone, so I like to disappear into my head. I use a set of bluetooth headphones and you can't see them under my long hair. I was listening to one of his stories while shopping the other day and noticed that a lot of people kept smiling at me. Then I realized that they thought I was smiling at them because I just couldn't stop laughing at David. They either thought I was extremely friendly or completely mental. Either way, I enjoyed that shopping trip very much.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very glad my friend suggested David Sedaris to me. I'd never heard of him, but I will be enjoying him from now on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 12-14-13
    Heather 12-14-13
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    "It's a downer"
    What did you like best about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls? What did you like least?

    I've been a fan of David Sedaris since the late 90s and I love Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. I loved his outrageous humor and his eye for the grotesque and absurd. After that book I thought he started moving into more somber, earnest territory, and also started repeating himself. The only essays in this book that seem funny are the live readings where you hear audience laughter punctuating his remarks.

    For a fan, this book was really repetitive. He's studying languages, reminiscing about his dad (who now sounds downright abusive rather than ridiculous), talking about Paris, making fun of homophobes, telling stories about book tours, etc etc.


    What three words best describe David Sedaris’s voice?

    Slowed down and subdued. It's been strange to hear his reading voice has gotten slower and calmer with each new audiobook.

    It's disappointing -- I loved his manic, unmistakable voice in the earlier books. How did he describe it? "With its girlish timbre and high, excitable pitch". Voices do get deeper with age, but it sounds like he's working to "sound less gay". Sounds like the speech therapy he made fun of in "Go Carolina" has finally worked :-(


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

    Not unless he finds some new things to write about.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Div Arlington, MA, United States 12-10-13
    Div Arlington, MA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Listen to the credits"
    Any additional comments?

    Other reviewers complain that it's not as fresh as his older works, but its good moments are great. The dog poetry would do Ogden Nash proud. Even the production credits at the end had me laughing out loud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-26-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-26-13

    "... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^

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    "Let's explore HOOTers with diabetics."

    While I enjoyed this collection more than Sedaris' previous book 'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk', it just didn't rise to the levels of his great collections ('Naked' or 'Me Talk Pretty Someday'), or even his very good collections ('When You Are Engulfed in Flames' or 'Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim'). I just feel like he is retreading the same ground, picking up the same litter, and is starting that phase in his career where he is like a band from the 80s that isn't creating as much as exploiting his better work.

    I hope I am being overly pessimistic, and maybe I am just jaded from the horrible audio experience my wife and I had last night listening to him at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ, but it seems that the reading typified my feelings about his book. Sedaris was reading to a comfortable group in comfortable shoes, reading comfortable stories. We all laughed at the appropriate parts, we all knew what we expected and David Sedaris delivered the goods -- mostly.

    The audio quality wasn't great, but I walked away mostly amused that I somehow ended up parting with 1 credit at Audible, $15 bucks on Amazon, $45 for a live reading, and while mildly entertained ... I wasn't particularly blown away. It was like I was a beer-bellied, middle-aged man at a Journey concert. I figure I didn't pay for the new set, just for the couple hours of nostalgia at how great it was ten or twenty years ago. Now, I've just got to figure out now how much nostalgia will cost me tomorrow.

    35 of 56 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 06-02-13
    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One of Sedaris' Best"

    If you like David Sedaris, you won't be disappointed by his latest work. Quirky, funny, and self-effacing as always, Sedaris is more focused on the world around him than he is focused on himself or his family. There is still some of his trademark self-absorption and family analysis, but he seems to be slowly sorting out all of his self-loathing and lingering family resentment, and he now has energy and attention to devote to other topics. Interestingly, in terms of family analysis, he has turned his attention on his father and away from his mother.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Gem Collection"

    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 53 people found this review helpful
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    Yomisssami Santa Monica, CA, United States 05-20-15
    Yomisssami Santa Monica, CA, United States 05-20-15
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    "Always a pleasure"

    It's always great reading or listening to David sedaris/I have listened to so many audiobooks that when I read him I can hear his voice. He has such a fabulous twisted snarky take on life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amz Shppr Dallas 05-02-15
    Amz Shppr Dallas 05-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wish I could stop loving David -"

    How often do we say… the more I have, the more I want. For me, it's cheesecake and David Sedaris. I just can't get enough.

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    M. Young in another realm 04-27-15
    M. Young in another realm 04-27-15 Member Since 2015

    horror mistress

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    "I Expected Funnier"
    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    Although I gave this book 3 stars, I would read and or listen to another David Sedaris book. Just not anytime soon.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I loved LOVED his live recordings. Those were just hilarious. I think the delivery in a performance setting is much better than just reading the essays in this book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Sedaris?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes this book was just plain sad. I was really expecting a funny, humorous essay after another. What I found was that while some of the topics were really sad, sometimes funny things happened. Other times I found it down right depressing. Like I said, I was looking for funny - all through the novel. That is just not what you here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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