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)
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.
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.
I would not have changed a thing.
I thouroughly enjoyed hearing the author;s tale in his own owrds and inflections.
No, I probably wouldn't listen to this again. I never listen to anything twice.
I would compare Tina Fey's
How David portrays his father is the funniest ever.
Yes! David Sedaris never fails to make me giggle.
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
David has a unique voice, literally and figuratively. I have listened to him for years on
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
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.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the book. However, upon looking back to when I purchased it and reading the customer reviews, I realize how hugely unhelpful those reviews were. Some of them, both the negative and the positive ones, I have to wonder if these readers had listened to the same book. I found none of the elements in which they either complained or gave commendation.
The book is simply a very enjoyable collection of essays on day-to-day living through the eyes and perception of Mr. Sedaris. His vocal delivery is part of the fun. And, as a former smoker, I found the latter portion of the book incredibly well written and organized as to follow the struggles of quitting. I could empathize and laugh at behaviors that I, myself, had engaged in while in the process of quitting.
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