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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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