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
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)
Funny? Of course. But a bit wise too -that was a surprise. Wonderful in any format but especially great as an audiobook.
This audiobook really brought a smile to my face. Hearing Sedaris tell it in his own dry way really adds to it (my own inner reader is so animated, it's a totally different experience). I also LOVED the chapters that were him reading in front of a live audience. It was like the show came to me!
I enjoy these essays more than I should. On long road trips we play them in the car. As family bonding goes I guess it's probably a good that the kids are over 18 so that child protective services doesn't intervene :-)
Laugh Out Loud
David delivers his personal stories with perfect timing and tone.
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This is the book to read when you don’t know what you want to read next. Like deciding to listen to the radio instead of putting on a CD.
It was part essay, part stand-up, part diary – mostly funny (I did laugh out loud at times), sometimes cringe worthy (the horse in the magazine- yuck!), and overall entertaining.
My only complaint was the laugh track during one of the “live essays / speeches”. It was BEYOND irritating!
Like every audiobook I've listened to of David Sedaris' work, this one is read by the author and is a delight because of it. There's nothing like hearing the voices of the other people from his memoirs as he remembers them to help you feel what he felt.
I'm a caffeine zombie suffering from constant book hangovers.
I would have to say I was impressed and this rates high up there. also, warning/word to the wise don't listen to audiobook in public unless you either have no sense of humor or are ok with people staring at you like your completely nuts as this audiobook may cause random outbursts of hysterical laughter to the point where you have tears streaming down your face as all dignity falls by the wayside
his interactions with a particular unsavory woman on his airplane flight.
David Sedaris had a pleasant cadence to his voice but it remained very bland throughout the series at least in my eyes but he did portray everyone's emotional outbursts very well.
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