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When You Are Engulfed in Flames Audiobook

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

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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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    Barb Vedder CT 02-16-15
    Barb Vedder CT 02-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "David at his Best"
    If you could sum up When You Are Engulfed in Flames in three words, what would they be?

    Laugh Out Loud


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


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

    David delivers his personal stories with perfect timing and tone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 01-24-15
    Simone 01-24-15 Member Since 2016

    Follow me on Goodreads too!

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    "Entertaining"

    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!

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    JamesB 12-30-14
    JamesB 12-30-14
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    "Hilarious and Poignant"

    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.

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    Chelsea 08-21-14
    Chelsea 08-21-14
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    "Entertaining"

    This was a great book to listen too. Very funny at most parts, and an embrace in human nature in other ways.

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    Carol Vanstee Minnesota 06-27-14
    Carol Vanstee Minnesota 06-27-14 Member Since 2017

    I'm a caffeine zombie suffering from constant book hangovers.

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    "Laughed until my jaw hurt"
    Where does When You Are Engulfed in Flames rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    his interactions with a particular unsavory woman on his airplane flight.


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

    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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    rebecca maryville, TN, United States 03-18-14
    rebecca maryville, TN, United States 03-18-14
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    "Not an epic waste of time- somewhat entertaining"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A couple of chapters left me in stitches, but I find his work to be far more entertaining when read than spoken. Many nuances difficult to appreciate with his reading.


    What three words best describe David Sedaris’s voice?

    Whiny. Bostonian. Condescending.


    Could you see When You Are Engulfed in Flames being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Eh... not so much.


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    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-06-14
    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-06-14
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    "Super FUNNY!"

    On a couple of occasions this book had me laughing so hard that my eyes watered. Great read.

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    Bella dona 11-09-13
    Bella dona 11-09-13 Member Since 2016

    be humble for you are of the earth, be noble for you are made from stars.

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    "Sedaris has a wonderful gallows humor"
    Would you consider the audio edition of When You Are Engulfed in Flames to be better than the print version?

    I feel that it is, but I think it's because Sedaris narrates it himself.


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

    His other books are pretty similar, I find his writing style unique so it's hard to compare.


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

    His mother is hilarious, and makes me jealous of his childhood, but then again not so much.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Addiction, a journey. Though I think the title is way better.


    Any additional comments?

    Sedaris is a genius at making everyday life captivating, and childhood trauma funny and heart warming.

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    Walter B Reed Washington, DC 10-18-13
    Walter B Reed Washington, DC 10-18-13 Member Since 2016
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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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