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Naked | [David Sedaris]

Naked

Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable.
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course!) with a quadriplegic companion. Through it all is Sedaris's unmistakable voice, without a doubt one of the freshest in American writing.

©1997 David Sedaris; (P)1998, 2001 Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"Sidesplitting." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Genuinely funny, at times hilarious....Makes for a smashing use of audio as a unique entertainment medium....Highly likable and spirited throughout...makes a case for audio as its own special form." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sedaris is a gifted satirist with an uncanny knack for re-creating dialogue and revealing fantasies....Brutally honest and brilliantly eloquent, Sedaris is positively tonic." (Booklist)

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    Rhonda Pasco, WA, USA 06-05-05
    Rhonda Pasco, WA, USA 06-05-05
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    "Side-splittingly Funny"

    I first heard Sedaris' Live at Carnegie Hall, and since then can't get enough of him. Because this book was so short, I almost didn't buy it. I'm so glad I did! David and Amy should team up on more narrations... she added hilarious voice to hilarious writing. I recommend it as one of my favorites.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 07-24-13
    Jennifer 07-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    Audible clearly labeled this book as abridged but I missed that designation. David Sedaris was as funny and reflective as ever. I enjoy the fact that he reads his own work. I was disappointed that it was abridged - but that was my own fault.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    calgarcia 05-07-12
    calgarcia 05-07-12
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    Where does Naked rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Naked is a wonderful autobiography. the story is funny, enlightening and above all entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    i loved that David and his sister where part of the performance, it makes it more real


    Any additional comments?

    only negative thing i have to say is that it is abridged, and it missed a lot if important chapters originally in the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Lexington, KY, USA 08-23-05
    Richard Lexington, KY, USA 08-23-05
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    "Didn't care for this one - and I'm a huge fan"

    I've enjoyed all the others, but can't give this more than 3/5. I found the stories a tad boring, and found myself giggling a lot less than in others.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Mackinaw, IL, United States 05-20-15
    Becky Mackinaw, IL, United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2015

    Audible Obsessed Commuter.

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    "Part funny and part terrible"

    There were parts of this book that had me laughing out loud at the grocery store. Others that had me scratching my head in confusion at the disjointed timeline, story, or point he was trying to make.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    V. Ledovsky New York, NY 05-03-15
    V. Ledovsky New York, NY 05-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Just Ok"

    I found this to be mildly entertaining but not nearly as funny as Me Talk Pretty One Day. Consistently found myself laughing out loud when listening to that book. This one just gave me an occasional chuckle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Horwath 02-17-15
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    "Sedaris brings his story to life."

    Wonderful to hear the book as it was meant to be read-by David and Amy. A compelling, laugh out loud reading. Impossible to pause.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Acheson southern Alberta 02-13-15
    C. Acheson southern Alberta 02-13-15 Member Since 2008

    alberta gal

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    "Great author!"

    Liked the two later books too, this one had more character voices. Funny, sad and human.. . Waiting for the next one

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    Dayra L Stickney 02-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly Entertaining"

    I'm Hooked! This is story telling at its best! If you're someone who likes listening to fun and enjoyable story telling with excellent narrative this is for you!

    Thank you David Sedaris

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    Lloyd 01-17-15
    Lloyd 01-17-15
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    "More fun stories"

    David tells more of his fun stories. These seem to be from early in his life. His sister joins in the narration. Really enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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