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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the very top.
Well, I can't say. I don't listen to much humor.
All of them.
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.
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.
My mom is a Japanese immigrant - she relocated to the US in 1970 after marrying my father. She became a US citizen in the late 1980s. She is quiet, fiercely proud, and mind-bogglingly annoying. The joke in the family has always been that "mom expects us to read her mind." My mother's method of communicating, I know understand, is very Japanese. It is not what she says that is important but what she doesn't say. She tends to attribute her circuitous style of communication to her lack of command when using English. This book provided a profound insight to me, "Japanese is a language of listening, rather than talking."
Sedaris' insights into living in Japan brought back to wonderful memories of my own childhood, and my first trip to Japan in my late 20s. While the book does not solely focus on Sedaris' experiences in Japan, these segments were the most engaging for me.
As per usual, his self deprecating humor made me laugh out loud on my commute.
I doubt it can get better. The narration and overall attitude was depressing.
He comes across as a incredibly depressing, pathetic, negative, and condescending individual.
Anyone that does not have a nasally, whiny, and annoying voice, like David's.
None that I can remember. Oh wait, it ended. That was the best part!
If I did not make myself finish all the books I purchased I would have stopped listening to this one early on. I would probably give is 1/2 star if I could since it seemed to understand the basic English language, and I guess that should count for something.
His unabashed reveal
The neighborhood in France
the ability to laugh at himself
I did not care for the level of detail in the quit smoking stories.
this was not one of David's best but as a whole I would buy more and continue to listen.
This was my first audible listen and took me some time to convert from an avid book reader to a listener.Once I got into the cadence of David Sedaris' telling of these stories, I really enjoyed them and laughed out loud on many occasions. I will listen to this again.
Hugh. The cab driver. The cranky lady on the airplane....the list goes on.
As most of my favourite scenes weren't PG, I dare not write those here. Suffice it to say, if I ever meet Mr. Sedaris I will ask him if his sister still owns 'that' magazine.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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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