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Naked Audiobook

Naked

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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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    Rick Cotacachi, Ecuador 12-21-14
    Rick Cotacachi, Ecuador 12-21-14 Member Since 2013

    In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.

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    "Something truly different"

    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.

    1 of 1 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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    BunnyDee 06-03-16
    BunnyDee 06-03-16

    Don't think it hasn't been an little slice of heaven, 'cuz it hasn't.- Bugs Bunny

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    "Wish it was unabridged."

    David and Amy Sedaris did a great job. It was too short. I wish it was unabridged.

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    Craig Laing 05-23-16
    Craig Laing 05-23-16
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    "Crazy ass family"

    His life and his family life were described perfectly and it was scary how similar their lives were to mine. I loved his brutal descriptions.

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    B Heffley 02-19-16
    B Heffley 02-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I love David Sedaris"

    As usual, this story was hilarious! And also as usual, his reading made it even better!

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    Erin 11-03-15
    Erin 11-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my favorite but still worth the listen"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 10-05-15
    Anthony 10-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "What is the story?"

    While written and presented well, this book suffers from the fact that there is no plot or storyline. You get to the end and wonder what was the point?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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