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
"Sedaris is the preeminent humorist of his generation." (Entertainment Weekly)
I LOVE his orher books! I have embarrassed myself laughing out loud in airports and car dealerships reading his other books ...but this....I chuckled once, smiled twice, said ""yuck" several times. I had to make myself keep listening since I paid for this book.
I will think twice before purchasing another of his books.
Unlike his other readings, David seems to be in a bad mood.
I don't understand why there is so much music in between chapters?!
A listeader. I love the journey of listening to my intellectual fortification.
I haven't read it but if the book is half as good then it would be great.
Obammmaaaa in France. You had to be there.
His parents. Hilarious.
His Dad's insistent rejection of him and then trying to be there for him for the colonoscopy.
Listen to it.
I would listen to all of David Sedaris' books again and again! He's delightful and has inspired me to write my own blog of funny flashback memories of my own life.
The dentist in France.
Check out "Holidays on Ice" by David Sedaris. HILARIOUS and relatable.
I love this author. His amazing ability to find the humor in every day situations is outstanding.
Writing from personal experience, and over 35 years of journal entries, he weaves many stories in all of his essays and brings you into his world of the odd and interesting.
I would recommend this book for a good laugh, and urge you to hang on through the Stand By (talking about layovers and delays), and the essays written for debating teenagers.
I laughed out loud several times, and have purchased the hard copy to share with my friends.
So if you love a good laugh at every day situations, I would definitely recommend this book!
Book Lover in Ottawa
I’m not sure why I bought this book as I’d never heard of David Sedaris before. It was likely the couple glasses of wine that lowered my resistance to buying 3 Audible credits and and a desire to stock up on audiobooks before going on vacation, even though I didn’t need more books.
This title had permeated my consciousness with hype on Audible and some magazines I read and had peaked my curiosity. In my research prior to purchasing, I found that David is an American humorist with a decent following and so I decided that Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls would be my introduction to David Sedaris.
This book then sat unread for a little over 4 months before I queue it up while waiting for my next Audible credit to arrive. I figured as this was a book of distinct stories that I could always stop part way through if I wanted to read something else, but didn’t.
David reads this book himself which I have always liked for biographical audio books and does a solid job presenting his material. Some of his stories have been recorded live, but most of the book is recorded in studio. The stories reflect David’s life growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, living abroad, traveling, and being gay before ending with some short absurd and funny stories at the end of the book.
All the stories are good to great and I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions. Sedaris is just a bit older than I am, so I related well to his commentaries on how the world has changed since the 1970s. His stories are sympathetic enough that you are able to relate and care enough to find out more about Sedaris’ life, but not good enough for me to rush out and buy all his other audio books immediately. I’m not saying I won’t pick up another book by Sedaris, I probably will, but just not today.
In conclusion, a good book and a solid read if this is the type of book that interests you pick it up.
I liked the stories about his family. I did not like the diatribe about travelling in China or getting enraged at customers ordering coffee. Just not funny.
This was my first audiobook by Sedaris.
The french dentist who coins the phrase "good time teeth."
The author and his sister.
I've read everything by Sedaris... this was pretty good but there were a few stories felt like filler.
My time was well spent listening to this audio book because it provided a great soundtrack to my daily commute, which would otherwise be spent avoiding eye contact with pan-handlers and crazies.
Yes. His work is usually quite funny and relevant. And the material is not so engrossing that you'd get hit by bus while listening.
I loved "Me Talk Pretty One Day." It was laugh out loud funny. Unfortunately, I found this book a regurgitation of material I've heard before. It's not his best work, nor is it his worst. If you are unfamiliar with Sedaris' work, I'd suggest listening to this, otherwise it's old hat.
No. This would not translate to screen. These are merely sketches and not fleshed out stories.
I enjoyed every minute of this book, you will too. Sedaris is a genius in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
The wide range of life David Sedaris has lived and writes about can only be imagined by most. The tales of his life bring out emotions which are usually kept well in check. Whether seeking parental approval, looking for the perfect Christmas gift, or being the trash man in his neighborhood, David brings the awkward into real life and gives the listener an adventure.
no one is funnier than david seders...i love his voice, i love him telling the stories..i laughed out loud....at work...
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