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When You Are Engulfed in Flames Audiobook

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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    Walter B Reed Washington, DC 10-18-13
    Walter B Reed Washington, DC 10-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Always enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to When You Are Engulfed in Flames the most enjoyable?

    Great performance


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Author


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

    His own


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed reading Mr. Sedaris' previous works, and as a first audiobook I've listened to it, I found I quite enjoyed it.

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    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-13
    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.

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    "Just couldn't get myself to like this one."
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    I really didn't give this one much of a try, so maybe this rating isn't fair. The audio is read by the author and I had a really hard time relating to him and his voice. I'll probably give this another shot at some point, but for now...it's not a favorite.

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 07-14-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2016

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "More Sedaris laughter"

    Classic Sedaris with humorous stories that you can't help but laugh to. Not the best book to be listening to when you are trying to settle down for sleep while dealing with jet lag...

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    Ryan Murtagh 05-19-13
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    "Sedaris Continues To Keep It Real"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book to any David Sedaris fan. However, if you have been guided to this author for the first time with promises of wall to wall giggles, then I would recommend starting with one of his earlier titles.

    True, this book is not a laugh riot from start to finish. However, one of the most charming things about this author is his willingness to provide listeners with a view of the world through the context of his own internal monologue...in all its sublimely shameless subjectivity.

    I appreciate the fact that some of the essays in this collection provide that world view with a tone that leans more towards solemn introspection than droll sarcasm. While we all endeavor to find the funny side of life, we are not always successful. Were Sedaris to only produce works that portrayed life as a perpetual comedy, they would begin to seem contrived, and therefore lose their charm.

    Having said that, this collection contains all of the wit, humor, and satirical wisdom that Sedaris fans have come to cherish.


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    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13
    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "David's great"

    I love everything sedaris does. leave the live NPR out of the audio book for filler. its not required. Dont get old and lazy, There is and endless supply of social commentary that David owes humanity. kdjrfiue kjiqre kjfiqjrh lkjqijwbq pqkjdqjwpiu

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    Lesleigh 03-19-13
    Lesleigh 03-19-13

    Devout reader. Teacher by trade, currently acting as executive assistant to the Centers of Attention, Harper and Quinn. Lucky wife and mom currently living as an expat in Shanghai, China.

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    "A solid listen"
    Where does When You Are Engulfed in Flames rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sedaris is wonderful as usual, and he brings his stories to life as he reads. A good choice when you need something to pick you up from a funk. If you have not read Sedaris before, know that his humor can sometimes come from serious places, so not for those looking for simply light fare.


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

    This title is not my favorite by him, but it had me laughing and smiling along as I listened. I might have looked like an idiot, giggling to myself as I ordered coffee in the mornings.


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    Jessica Gould Decatur, Georgia United States 02-11-13
    Jessica Gould Decatur, Georgia United States 02-11-13
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    "Lots of laughs from David Sedaris"
    What did you love best about When You Are Engulfed in Flames?

    The book got off to bit of a slow start, and I didn't particularly enjoy the first few chapters. However, it quickly gained momentum and had me laughing out loud.


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    Brent Austin, TX, United States 12-10-12
    Brent Austin, TX, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Driver beware"
    Would you consider the audio edition of When You Are Engulfed in Flames to be better than the print version?

    I listen to audiobooks in the car when driving to work. With Sedaris' dry humor and sudden one liners there were several times I had a hard time keeping the car on the road. Very Funny.


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

    One thing taught to those who wish to read for the blind is to not embellish the story by adding voices, sounds, or strong verbal inflections, but rather to just plainly and simply read the story. This is to the the sight impaired the same opportunity as sighed people do to form their own imagery using their imagination as sighted would reading black and white pages, not the speaker's interpretation.

    However, it's the fact that Sedaris reads his books that make the books come alive. Because all of the stories are of personal experiences of his life, he adds inflections and emotions in exactly the right places, the places he intended them to be. While the book would read fine without it, Sedaris really adds to the whole experience.


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

    Towards the end of almost each little tale, Sedaris has a way of weaving in a little tidbit of human nature that makes you stop and consider just how often we have been guilty of similar wrongs against society or individuals. Not preachy, just something to make you go hmmm.


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    Jennifer Farmington, ME, United States 11-28-12
    Jennifer Farmington, ME, United States 11-28-12
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    "Brilliant, hilarious"
    Where does When You Are Engulfed in Flames rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the very top.


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

    Well, I can't say. I don't listen to much humor.


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

    All of them.


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

    The entire book moved me. It was so funny, so tragic, so true to life. I like to listen to books as I jog. But this book was so hilarious that I kept having to stop running because I was doubled over with laughter again and again.


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    Amazon Customer Carrollton, GA, United States 11-26-12
    Amazon Customer Carrollton, GA, United States 11-26-12
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    "Laugh out loud funny!"
    What did you love best about When You Are Engulfed in Flames?

    Sedaris' wry and matter-of-fact way of sharing his reflections and observations about the mundane hits at just the right balance of dismay, poignant reflection, and hilarity. His performance is spot on too. Highly recommend it for mature audiences.


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