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 read the book first but really enjoy listening to DS read his work. This is a good addition to my library.
Probably not. I'd recommend his other stuff much more highly. This book is a little dark.
The narration did not need improvement IMO.
I could have skipped this one but I'm glad I gave it a chance.
Near the top. It is so funny and dead on that it makes you think as well as laugh. There is always something we can personally relate to in each story.
His bizarre perspective on the simple things of life.
The scene with the pygmy .
His obvious love for his father...yet poking fun at him every chance he gets.
This is classic Sedaris. If you are just being exposed to this author, this is probably not the place to start. Read some of his earlier works first. Get to know him. So by the time you come back to this book, it will be like running into an old friend. You'll be happy to hear from him again and he'll have a lot of funny, interesting stories to catch you up on.
the Amtrak bar car story
his hilarious unpretentious take on the world.
making a movie of this book would be such a mistake
The only thing better than reading David Sedaris is listening to david Sedaris reading his own words
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.
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.
Great stories from a twisted view.
All his other books.
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.
More whining than humor
No more from this author
It would be easier to say which I would keep.
Everything. I loved how David Sedaris really brought his essays to life!
I didn't have a favorite character. I enjoyed everyone, especially the essays about his dad.
I enjoyed the dog days essay, but I didn't really have a favorite.
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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