©2004 David Sedaris; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks
"In his latest collection, Sedaris has found his heart. This is not to suggest that the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and other best-selling books has lost his edge. The 27 essays here include his best and funniest writing yet....What emerges is the deepest kind of humor, the human comedy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sedaris is a careful writer, with a no-muss, no-fuss style that rarely misfires." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Sedaris' piquant essays are as meticulously honed and precisely timed as the best stand-up comic routines, which is, of course, what they are....Sedaris, openly gay, nervy as a tightrope walker, sharply hilarious, teasingly misanthropic yet genuinely compassionate, has a unique ability to supply exactly the right details to bring every funny, awkward, ludicrous, painful, horrible real-life moment into harrowingly crisp focus....He is mesmerizing." (Booklist)
"Sedaris has a satirical brazenness that holds up next to Mark Twain and Nathanael West." (The New Yorker)
Very enjoyable listen read by the author. His family stories are touching and very funny. My favorite is the "Dutch Christmas Story". Great book to listen to on a long drive or walking the dogs!
This is the first of his books that I have read, and I plan to read more. A few of the stories are live recordings, and they seem to be even funnier because something is added when he has an audience. The next I read will be live. This is great for us heterosexuals who love our homosexual brothers and sisters. It brings insight into that world.... the drama and the hilarity.
This book is so funny, I laughed out loud. David Sedaris reads stories about his family and his boyfriend. The stories are unrelated and I listened to this over a few weeks. Very funny.
This is the first audiobook that I?ve listened to twice back to back.
I love the humor. It?s a dry, sarcastic, witty really intellectual humor that?s incredibly entertaining. The author?s insights into in to common everyday things will make you laugh out loud.
I?ve vowed to read (or at least listen to) all his books!
I read "Me Talk Pretty One Day" a few years ago and continue to enjoy his columns in The New Yorker. Who knew one family could be so interesting? This book is excellent as well. It's a book I'll probably listen to at least once a year until he comes out with another one.
If you're offended by a naked Barbie Doll on the cover of the book, then you're probably not reading the reviews of this book anyway, but on the off chance you ARE reading this:
If you are easily offended then you will be turned off by parts of this book, it gets a bit graphic at times.
And I agree with several of the above posters, he sounds depressed reading it.
Although I don't think that this should be the first of your Sedaris experiences (it helps to listen/read his works in order of production) it is definately one of his best. David Sedaris creates works that cause you to dread their endings. Don't drink anything that you don't want spit across the room or up your nose when listening to him. Start with "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and go from there. Happy listening!
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