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When You Are Engulfed in Flames Audiobook

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Taking in the parasitic worm that once lived in his mother-in-law's leg, an encounter with a dingo and the purchase of a human skeleton, and culminating in a brilliant account of his attempt to quit smoking - in Tokyo - David Sedaris' sixth story collection is a fresh masterpiece of comic writing.
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Publisher's Summary

David Sedaris' remarkable ability to uncover the hilarious absurdity teeming just below the surface of everyday life is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this new book of stories.

Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life - the etiquette of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger or how to soundproof your windows with LP covers against neurotic songbirds - to the most deeply resonant human truths.

Taking in the parasitic worm that once lived in his mother-in-law's leg, an encounter with a dingo and the purchase of a human skeleton, and culminating in a brilliant account of his attempt to quit smoking - in Tokyo - David Sedaris' sixth story collection is a fresh masterpiece of comic writing.

©2008 David Sedaris; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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  • stuart
    12/1/15
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    "Mostly good, but fag fatigue set in"

    Mr Sedaris is observant, caustic, witty and eloquent by turns. This is a collection of autobiographical short stories which are mostly funny and enjoyable. But, and it's a frustrating but, I never ever want to hear another word about his efforts to stop smoking. Good lord, just kick the habit and don't whinge about. If you really have to whinge, leave the planet first!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M.B.
    7/30/15
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    "David Sedaris at his best"
    What did you like best about this story?

    David Sedaris is a fantastic essayist and humorist and he performs/reads his work so well. I laughed out loud many times! Brilliant!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Josh Whedon
    UK
    7/25/15
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    "Masterful, witty storytelling"

    David Sedaris knows exactly where to tickle my funny bone. I had previously read "Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls", but decided to listen to this particular one and I'm very happy I did so. Sedaris' short and often hilarious autobiographical stories really deserve to be heard in his voice and just how they were intended to be delivered. What's great too is that a selection of the stories here are actually live readings in front of an audience, which adds an extra spice and dimension to the proceedings. Honestly, this book will make travelling from A to B (or even just sitting and doing nothing) so much more enjoyable. Now I've finished "Engulfed", I've already moved onto "Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim" and I'll no doubt track down everything else he's written too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gaby
    2/4/15
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    "I love David Sedaris but this was disappointing"

    David Sedaris is one of my favourite writers, but this was underwhelming compared to 'Me talk pretty one day' and 'dress your family...'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    1/20/15
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    "Just great to have around."

    Listening to David Sedaris is a pleasure. Laughing out loud in the supermarket turns a few heads but it's totally worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam White
    12/2/14
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    "Wouldn't be the same without David narrating it."
    If you could sum up When You Are Engulfed in Flames in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, bokers, life.


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

    No other, David Sedaris has the unique combination of interesting writing and amazing narration.


    Any additional comments?

    While I have not read on of his books, I honestly don't think they would be anything like David reading them. His approaches life at a strange angle and manages to drag you into his way of thinking. If you want a slow paced, obscure take of how a person interacts with the world then get this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah Wyman
    10/21/14
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    "Funny and clever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. If you want something that will make you chuckle and think about the absurdities of life this is it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Sedaris writes about his own life and experiences. He writes about the people he meets and the funny things they say and do. They are people we have all come across but he writes it perfectly, both poignant and funny.


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

    David Sedaris is the only person who could read his books. His voice adds authenticity and the way he tells the story is as funny as the story itself.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this audiobook if you want something light and thought provoking at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reluctant Mermaid
    Denmark
    9/21/14
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    "A JOY FROM START TO FINISH"
    Any additional comments?

    He is a weird little man with a huge talent for observation and self-deprecation ... I love everything he writes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. B. Potter
    UK
    8/20/14
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    "A hit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes Yes & Yes


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

    It is a stand alone work of quality


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I had this when I was admitted to hospital. Strange laughing to yourself (on headphones) when you are feeling awful. The best bit of the whole experience. Love it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    7/11/14
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    "David does it again, memorable storywriting"
    What did you like most about When You Are Engulfed in Flames?

    simple honest humour with very funny twists and turns, a real laugh out load feel good story


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

    all David's work,


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    listen and listen again to the story with the worm, its laugh out load realism


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh and laugh again


    Any additional comments?

    recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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