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When You Are Engulfed in Flames | [David Sedaris]

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.
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Publisher's Summary

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again.

He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

From armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds, to the awkwardness of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a sleeping fellow passenger on a plane, David Sedaris uses life's most bizarre moments to reach new heights in understanding love and fear, family and strangers.

Culminating in a brilliantly funny account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris' sixth essay collection has been avidly anticipated.

©2008 David Sedaris; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

2008 Grammy Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album

"Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris...defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This latest collection proves that not only does Sedaris still have it, but he's also getting better....Sedaris's best stuff will still - after all this time - move, surprise, and entertain." (Booklist)

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    Lauren HERNDON, VA, United States 06-20-12
    Lauren HERNDON, VA, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2013

    32 year old female in the DC area with a terribly long commute and high standards for my audiobooks... I like science fiction, science, instructional, and humorous novels.

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    "David Sedaris FTW."
    What did you love best about When You Are Engulfed in Flames?

    I really enjoyed how this book flowed. Sometimes his collections of stories have a tendency to be just that: a collection of stories. This book flowed incredibly well and more than once made me laugh aloud.


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    Cindy United States 05-22-12
    Cindy United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A National Treasure"

    All of Sedaris is wonderful, especially when you can hear him read it. Thank God for Sedaris and for Audible.

    I saw and heard him at a reading. Waited for 2 hours for an autograph. Would have waited for 4. He is a curious guy who makes everyone he meets feel special. He is interested in everyone and in everything. I think that quality makes him such a pitch-perfect author. Wow. I am so often just amazed at his ability. When, of course, I am not doubled over in laughter.

    Get this title and then sit back and relax.

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    Robert Long Valley, New Jersey, United States 05-11-12
    Robert Long Valley, New Jersey, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Laugh Out Loud, Literally"

    David Sedaris is one of the funniest writers of our time. I laughed out loud many times during this book and revisit it often for a pick-me-up. If you don't like Sedaris, you won't like this. If you like Sedaris, you will love this book.

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    Stephen Grayslake, IL, United States 02-28-12
    Stephen Grayslake, IL, United States 02-28-12
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    "If you like "This American Life"...."
    Would you listen to When You Are Engulfed in Flames again? Why?

    I would not listen to this book a 2nd time because the charm of the story is the unique way in which Sedaris' outlook on life is communicated. Once that perspective is heard, the surprise is lost.


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

    I would not have changed a thing.


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

    I thouroughly enjoyed hearing the author;s tale in his own owrds and inflections.


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

    Yes


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    Julie Prince George, British Columbia, Canada 02-13-12
    Julie Prince George, British Columbia, Canada 02-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Laugh Out Loud Funny"
    Would you listen to When You Are Engulfed in Flames again? Why?

    No, I probably wouldn't listen to this again. I never listen to anything twice.


    What other book might you compare When You Are Engulfed in Flames to and why?

    I would compare Tina Fey's


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

    How David portrays his father is the funniest ever.


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    Jane Lansdowne, PA, United States 02-11-12
    Jane Lansdowne, PA, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Jane

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    "A tamer Sedaris is still a great Sedaris"
    Would you listen to When You Are Engulfed in Flames again? Why?

    Yes! David Sedaris never fails to make me giggle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David's portrayal of his neighbor Helen was priceless, as was his description of the complex relationship that developed between them. Funny and perversely heart-warming, I will definitely go back to listen to this in the


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

    David has a unique voice, literally and figuratively. I have listened to him for years on


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

    There are so many that I can't pick one. David generously flaunts his vulnerability - trying too hard to impress or portray a certain image - that it is endearing, touching and very


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    A Lady from Missouri Missouri 10-02-11
    A Lady from Missouri Missouri 10-02-11 Member Since 2011

    Me

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    "LOVE IT! LOVE HIM!"

    I loved this book! My kids (age 28 and 24) did not..maybe an acquired taste???? HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

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    otter song 09-19-11
    otter song 09-19-11 Member Since 2014
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    "no exit"

    I dont like these people. i'd chew my leg off to escape them. thankfully, i just click delete. if you find yuppie mentality interesting & amusing--this book is for you, but if you find that culture to be shallow, boring & even offensive, save your money.

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    Caroline Austin, TX, United States 07-30-11
    Caroline Austin, TX, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Hilarious"

    No way makes you feel like there is hope for you yet, like Davis Sedaris does. Warning: You will laugh out loud as you listen to this.

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    Star Isford SANTA ANA, CA, United States 06-22-11
    Star Isford SANTA ANA, CA, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun and Funny, a different style of humor."

    I have heard that a couple of his other books were much funnier than this one, but it was still entertaining. Some of the stories cracked me up, some made me say "hmm". No matter what, David Sedaris's take on life and situations is something different to ponder. I found the book intellectually humorous on many different levels. A fun book to listen to, but I think I might have lost the humor if I had read it instead, as the humor is subtle, sarcastic, and seriously given on many occasions.

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