©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)
interesting to listen to David and his sister narrate. Amy does a great job!
Quick listen. Aroused a few laughs/chuckles.
It was a light, pleasant audiobook.
be humble for you are of the earth, be noble for you are made from stars.
It's hard to compare David Sedaris to anyone.
I have all of his books, and audio books. I can't imagine anyone else reading his works. Her has a wonderful voice, and great comedic timing.
It made me laugh, and it had beautifully heart breaking moments, followed by David's sense of humor that brought levity to the sad, sometimes depressing moments. This book is about a real persons life after all. How can you not have moments both up and down?
He has a way of making the mundane momentous, and the weird and unusual seem completely normal and acceptable. It's always funny, and a bit sad at times, but I find I walk away learning something about myself by the time the book ends. As far as I'm concerned that says more about David Sedaris' books than any review I could give.
I liked everything about this book!
Amy's impersonation of her parents, Ya-Ya was outstanding!
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."
Put everything in chronological order instead of continuing to snap back to childhood stories.
Absolutely! David Sedaris is hilarious!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. Good listen once, but more serious material than usual.
The interweaving of dialogue as performed by Sedaris and his sister.
I usually prefer listening to David solo, but use of Amy's voice really enhanced these essays.
Don't want to be a spoiler, but there more bittersweet moments in these tales than David generally delivers.
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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