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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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    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

    Prissydag

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Berkeley, CA, United States 10-11-11
    Jay Berkeley, CA, United States 10-11-11
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    "Great stories, but mushed in one 3 hour long file."

    David Sedaris is a wonderful comic writer. But for heavens' sake, why would you sell a book of short stories as one long file?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Austin, TX, United States 04-11-11
    Brent Austin, TX, United States 04-11-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Very funny"

    I listened to this on a long trip. Not only did it keep me awake, but it kept me looking for rest stops, since I thought I might pee myself from laughing so hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Micha Levi 02-01-11
    Micha Levi 02-01-11 Member Since 2012
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    "I wish they produced an unabridged version"

    It's great to listen to the author reads their own words, even better when they have their tallented sister to perfect the family dynamics of the dialog and immitate the voices of their childhood characters.

    In the case of David Sedaris, listening to him is the kind of relationship I have already developed, and therefore - I'm connecting from word one.
    I wish they produced an unabridged version of the book. When comparing it to the book, the stories just had pieces of great dialog trimmed off of them... too bad.

    Loved his mom....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William C 11-09-06
    William C 11-09-06
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    "A mystery"

    When I read the glowing reviews of the book, I looked forward to hearing it. I was looking for something funny and it looked promising. What I didn't understand was how something could be very funny to one person and not another. I didn't find the book humorous and as a result it was difficult even to finish. If you already know David's humor parhaps it is a good choice. If you don't, you may want to learn more before you commit to this book.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Padden mission, BC, Canada 02-25-07
    Padden mission, BC, Canada 02-25-07 Member Since 2013

    I started reading eight years ago. I like medical, legal, and historical fiction. Biographies are sometimes interesting too.

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    "Naked"

    I like to listen to audiobooks when I go to bed so I can relax. I did not relax with this book because I was too busy laughing. Some say I have no sense of humor but they are wrong. I have gone ahead and listened to two more of his books so far.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shasta Santa Fe, NM, United States 10-28-09
    Shasta Santa Fe, NM, United States 10-28-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Hilarious as always"

    As usual, David Sedaris is hilarious.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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