©1997 David Sedaris; (P)1998, 2001 Time Warner AudioBooks
"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)
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.
In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.
David Sedaris, like most entertainers, is usually at his best before a live and appreciative audience. He is a very funny guy, and the invariable audience response electrifies the experience.
“Naked” is a different kind of recording, but no less engaging and maybe even more so. It’s a studio production, with no audience. There are a few staccato jazz bridges, and multiple characters briefly and brilliantly voiced by his sister, the extraordinarily talented actress and writer Amy Sedaris. And David reads his writings as only he can.
The sometimes cringe-inducing title piece comes at the end, having to do with visiting a nudist community, but the entire performance is an intimate, candid self-portrait, in which David reveals as much about himself as he has always done to his siblings, to their frequent dismay. It’s very funny—I laughed out loud countless times while listening—but also deadly serious. As such, it’s a fascinating audio achievement to be enjoyed and admired.
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.
Naked is a wonderful autobiography. the story is funny, enlightening and above all entertaining.
i loved that David and his sister where part of the performance, it makes it more real
only negative thing i have to say is that it is abridged, and it missed a lot if important chapters originally in the book.
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.
I was worried about having someone else narrating along with David Sedaris. I felt like I was waiting for Amy to "do her part" but I quickly forgot to wait and just enjoyed. I always want more. I wish it could have been longer. It is amazing how nicely and consistently Mr. Sedaris' stories resolve. I heart him.
Again, it could have been longer.
Yes I have all Mr. Sedaris' audible books. He is a really dynamic narrator. Amy added even more enjoyment after I got used to an additional narrator (of his material) (typically I love more than one narrator).
Don't think it hasn't been an little slice of heaven, 'cuz it hasn't.- Bugs Bunny
David and Amy Sedaris did a great job. It was too short. I wish it was unabridged.
I enjoyed his writing very much in this book with very intimate, personal stories still told with a great balance of wit and feeling. Sorry, but I HATED the addition of Amy Sedaris's voice in the narration. It snapped me out of the zone I was in with David and made the stories seem less authentic somehow. Like being engrossed in a play until all of sudden the actress's wig falls off.
In any case, it's still worth the (unfortunately abridged) time to listen to the book.
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