©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)
Personally, I really liked this book and it was even better because it was read by the author. It made me laugh out loud, but I feel like one would need to have the right sense of humor to find it funny. The author has a dry sense of humor and it comes through in this book. I feel like most people can see themselves somewhere amongst this dysfunctional life.
What an awful shame, this is a great book but the sound quality is really poor. I know that that these guys have to compress the heck out of their books but even at the highest quality available it is painful to listen to
I love this book. It is narrated by the author. I had read the book a while back. Then, it is so good, I wanted to listen to it. It is one of those you can read over and over periodically. The author narrates it and at first, his dry, monotone sort of discouraged me from buying it. But I tried it and now I love it. It is great that he read it as these are his experiences so he gets the right inflection and intonation to make it sound the way he wanted it to sound. This is a collection of the funniest short stories I have ever heard. We had just moved and had no TV at our new house yet. I plugged in my IPOD and speakers and started playing one of the funniest chapters. He said he did not want to hear it but ended up listening and laughing through several chapters. The one about different versions of Santa Claus around the world will have you laughing so hard you can't stop. Very cute book. I love his other works as well...especially Holidays on Ice which was the first Andy Sedaris I had ever read. This family of his must have been so strange but hilarious! His sister is Amy Sedaris of Strangers With Candy (TV show). If you have a slightly quirky sense of humor, get this book!
I listened to "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" while on the treadmill -- and there were times I laughed out loud in the middle of the gym. David Sedaris' writing is funny, poignant and relatable. The audiobook is long -- six hours -- but definitely worth it.
I found myself Iaughing out loud several times when listining to this book! The author was funny and witty with his descriptions growing up, fictional or not, we've all had disfuctional happenings, maybe not to these extremes, but that make us think back and laugh now. I started listening to the book again when I was done. Very enjoyabe!
This was a funny collection of stories. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It was my first experience with David Sedaris and I will definitely read more of his books.
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While I do like David Sedaris’ dry wit and I find his short stories quite amusing, I think his books are better if you don’t read the essays back to back to back. After a while the stories all start to run together and that diffuses the humour.
After coming to this conclusion about half way through the book, I decided to bring it on vacation with the intention of just picking it up “here and there” since I don’t usually make time to read when I am away – turns out I didn’t pick it up again until I was at the airport coming home. So much for that idea!
I'll read more of his books, but I'll be sure to spread the content out over a longer period.
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