©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)
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.
david sedaris said it best when he made the statement "we both hated ourselves." this book is a well written account of feelings of inferiority from many angles. whether it's because his parents appear to him as crude oil next to his greasy palmed great aunt with her den of dead safari animals and tacky chauffeured cadillac. whether it's because his ragtag embarrassment of a father (who I think was an IBM exec) has the nerve to ask a more popular kid's parents to reimburse him for dental damages. whether it's the tortured feelings of being gay in a southern hetero community. c'mon dave-- you're a respected/bestselling writer who is probably more critically and commercially "successful" than anyone who every grew up in raleigh. i feel your pain, but what's next?
I never write reviews or complain about books, but this one is just that bad. The plot is “want to be” cute with the most sleepy story lines. The pages pass by with absolutely nothing happening and nothing entertaining at all. The fact this was published is mind boggling. Simply put, I want my money back.
This is the first item I've downloaded from Audible.com, and I'm not likely to do so again. Though the stories themselves are not very interesting, my main complaint is about the production quality. The sound quality was significantly worse than your average free podcast. I'm surprised that with so much competition you can actually charge for a bad product. I'm sure glad I didn't actually pay for this.
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