©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)
Perhaps the success of his previous books made someone think that his fans would enjoy his sardonic tales of growing up gay in a very disfunctional family. What I hoped would be wry observations come across as detatched and bored, or even self-pitying. Try his other books.
I have read David Sedaris' work and this is my first experience with one of his audible titles. It is absolutly hilarious. Much more enjoyable than reading alone. The impression of his brother Paul is priceless. I laughed until I cried; literally. He is very open about his feelings as a gay man and I gained a new appreciation for some of the predicaments of his lifestyle. Great audio book. I'm planning on downloading some of his other work that I've already read to get the impressions of his siblings.
The random, humorous thoughts of a pretentious gay person. It's disappointing that there isn't some depth and insight about something or anything. I did enjoy the book though after done, it leaves you with nothing.
This book is kind of funny. I'm not sure I would give as much praise as this book seems to get. The thing that killed it for me is the reader. His voice is the kind that I can't listen to for any lengh of time. Make sure you listen to the sample first. If the reader/author's voice doesn't get on your nerves you might like it. I never finished it.
This book was advertised as being humorous, but I found it to be a bleak look into a dysfunctional family and not humorous at all. After about 1 hour of listening I gave up.
Say something about yourself!
Since i still have my hands, david is fresh out of childhood stories. he has moved on in his other books. get all of them, you owe it to yourself. I should see if amy has written anything? I didnt know Ira glass and philip glass where brothers? it makes since? how bout mom and dad glass, they must be so proud?!
This book never engaged me. Perhaps reading it would be okay, but listening to it was just plain boring. I couldn't even finish it. While I have read some of his books and laughed, this just failed to amuse me at all.
In listening to this book, I kept waiting for something remotely redeeming to be introduced into an on slaught of illustrations about the lowest type of human behavior - but it never happened. Kind of depressing.
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