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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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    mary 09-05-13
    mary 09-05-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    the Amtrak bar car story


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    his hilarious unpretentious take on the world.


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

    making a movie of this book would be such a mistake


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing better than reading David Sedaris is listening to david Sedaris reading his own words

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    pagesix 09-02-13
    pagesix 09-02-13
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    "Mixed bag of amusing leftovers"
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    As any reader of the New Yorker knows, not all of Sedaris' musings prompt nods, snickers or giggles. Several of these pieces seem more diary entries than anything a larger audience might respond to. Publisher: "What haven't we printed yet?" The best of these pieces are performed live to adoring audiences, and work best.

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    elza annapolis MD, United States 08-27-13
    elza annapolis MD, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2017
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought the first chapter was ok and the french dentist story hilarious. Then it died and just got depressing. I know times have changed, but I didn't really enjoy hearing the stories from his youth.


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

    disappointment


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    NANCAN Charlottesville, VA 08-15-13
    NANCAN Charlottesville, VA 08-15-13

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

    Great stories from a twisted view.


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

    All his other books.


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

    David.


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

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    I never tire of David's stories. It was interesting to know more about how he got to this point in life. I love his love/hate relationship with his parents. He's just a twisted, funny person who has a keen sense of his surroundings. His sarcastic encounters with just about any situation really make me laugh. I hope he doesn't read this because he'd find something sarcastic to say about it. And, he can tell the Billy Holiday story over a hundred times and I'll listen to it again and again.

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    Robert McCarter 08-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Did not dial into Sedaris humor"
    What disappointed you about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    More whining than humor


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

    No more from this author


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Sedaris’s performances?

    Absolutely not!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    It would be easier to say which I would keep.


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    Bridgett Midland, Texas, United States 08-09-13
    Bridgett Midland, Texas, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    Everything. I loved how David Sedaris really brought his essays to life!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favorite character. I enjoyed everyone, especially the essays about his dad.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the dog days essay, but I didn't really have a favorite.


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    Amazon Customer CA 08-04-13
    Amazon Customer CA 08-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    David Sedaris is my favorite chronicler of the life of David Sedaris. Another breezy excursion here… and i'm left wondering 'bout those who read the words off the page since having them in my ears here, the author so clearly speaks in his own voice - who'd have it any other way? We listen and then we're done. Hear you next time.

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 08-04-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2016

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Not his best"

    Enjoyable, but not as good as other Sedaris classics. Some of the essays are more, ummmm, shall we say "uncomfortable" than others, but laughs do exist.

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    Betsy Georgitis Western US 08-04-13
    Betsy Georgitis Western US 08-04-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.

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    I am a fan of David Sedaris but thought this book was definitely not one of his best. The stories early in the book were OK with some humorous moments. The stories at the the book were horrible. Unlike earlier stories they were not based on reality and consisted of "bashing" some people's priorities and life style (particularly women). Not one bit funny,I found them offensive!

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    Beth Hall 08-01-13
    Beth Hall 08-01-13
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    "David...NOooooooooooo......."
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    David, you're fabulous.

    Entertain me, make me look like a crazy lady on the train when my shoulders shake silently in laughter. Give me tears of joy and blurt with laughter. Transport me to wherever the story is. Man, I'm picking up rubbish on the side of the road, right there with you.

    I Love you. I Love you, but I don't give one lick about your politics.

    Please don't go there again, you're better than that. I'm gonna be here for you next time, but please don't do that again. David, I know it hurts to hear this, but I can't let you do this to yourself.

    You have to stop now before it becomes a habit, and all your old friends leave, and you have to go out and find new friends. Jesesh David, do you want to end up on the sale table next to Al Franken? Do you? Because that's where you are headed if you don't stop this nonsense.

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