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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)

What Members Say

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    Dani United States 10-22-13
    Dani United States 10-22-13
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    "Laugh out loud funny!"
    If you could sum up Naked in three words, what would they be?

    Funny
    Masterful
    Humorous


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked everything about this book!


    What does David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amy's impersonation of her parents, Ya-Ya was outstanding!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!!!!


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    Desiree Wienand Pittsburgh, PA 09-19-13
    Desiree Wienand Pittsburgh, PA 09-19-13 Member Since 2015

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    "All over the place"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was quirky. It was heart felt. It was everything you expect when you buy a David Sedaris book. I felt it was all over the place and hard to follow, but overall it was a nice, quick "listen."


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Put everything in chronological order instead of continuing to snap back to childhood stories.


    Did David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ooooookay.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


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    Laura 08-01-13
    Laura 08-01-13
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    "not a fan"
    What would have made Naked better?

    i really didn't like much about this. turns out i'm not a david sedaris fan


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    Kerri J. Austin, TX USA 10-01-12
    Kerri J. Austin, TX USA 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Utterly relatable hilarity"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! David Sedaris is hilarious!


    What other book might you compare Naked to and why?

    The only other book that comes to mind is Elna Baker's "The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir" (yes, I totally had to look up that excruciatingly long, simultaneously memorable and forgettable title). They are only similar in that they are both humorous and touching, and very relatable memoirs; obviously, the details are quite different.


    Have you listened to any of David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have only listened/watched them separately. I always enjoy David Sedaris performances; I really loved the quirky "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk," and "Naked" is just as entertaining. I really appreciate Amy's collaboration, as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have laughed quite a bit. Out loud. In a quiet room (because I'm listening on ear buds). Yeah, thanks to David Sedaris, I sometimes have to explain a loud, ill-timed laugh.


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    Gale Tehama, CA, United States 07-31-12
    Gale Tehama, CA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Funny!"

    My daughter loved this! She is now a confirmed David Sedaris fan. She was waiting to pick me up at an airport. The flight was delayed almost 2 hours and she didn't mind, she was laughing so much.

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    Danielle Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-18-12
    Danielle Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Revealing..and funny"
    What did you love best about Naked?

    Davis Sedaris writes with a mixture of exaggerated descripton and a hint of self-deprecation that manages to be always humorous. In Naked he tells one of my favorite Sedaris stories--the visit to the nudist trailer park.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Naked?

    Sedaris' mother navigates an awkward school life for him by her dead-on imitations of his tics, in addition to other great stories regarding his struggles with OCD, and the realization that he is gay.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The most moving art for me was the stories of his sister's wedding where the family dealt with the realization that their mother had cancer and that she was going to die. The strain that death puts on relationships that have existed for t=our entire lives is a difficult notion to pinpoint but here Sedaris does it beautifully.


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    Joan Austin, TX, United States 07-10-12
    Joan Austin, TX, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Satisfying Sedaris Essays, but Fewer Belly Laughs"
    Would you listen to Naked again? Why?

    No. Good listen once, but more serious material than usual.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interweaving of dialogue as performed by Sedaris and his sister.


    What about David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris ’s performance did you like?

    I usually prefer listening to David solo, but use of Amy's voice really enhanced these essays.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Don't want to be a spoiler, but there more bittersweet moments in these tales than David generally delivers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Priscilla D'agostino South Florida 07-03-12
    Priscilla D'agostino South Florida 07-03-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Laughed myself silly"

    Get ready to laugh..out loud..where ever you are listening. Just nod and smile at the weird looks you will get if you are listening in public.

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    cy Austin, TX, United States 06-12-12
    cy Austin, TX, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Funny story, narration is lacking"
    Where does Naked rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank Naked towards the bottom of the books I have listened to lately.


    What other book might you compare Naked to and why?

    It is just a funny feel good book, a good break from anything serious. I really quick read, I listened to it in one day.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris ?

    David just has such an annoying voice that anyone would have been better.


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    Shirley Gautier, MS, United States 06-06-12
    Shirley Gautier, MS, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "It'll make you laugh out loud"
    Would you listen to Naked again? Why?

    Sure. It's funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sedaris' complete awareness of the events that are happening around him.


    Which character – as performed by David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris – was your favorite?

    Listening to their visit to their grandmother's house was a scream.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the family were all in a hotel, all in their own little worlds.


    Any additional comments?

    Really funny, makes you think and can break your heart.

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