©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)
Yes! Sedaris' wry wit is laugh-out-loud hilarious!
David Sedaris; I want to be his friend.
His voice and inflections really enhance his stories. I'd tried to read this in the past and grew a bit bored. But I was hooked the moment I heard his voice and dry description of his non-TV-watching neighbors.
I'm immediately adding everything he's ever done to my queue!
I really enjoyed seeing David in Arizona. Reading his books are one thing. Hearing the words from him, layered with the intent with which they were written, was prodigious. Thank you David. 😄
Do not waste your time on this one. Wow! poor all the way around. Too bad because I was looking forward to some laughter.
As silly and irreverent as ever, this is one of DS's best collections of stories about his endearingly dysfunctional family. It's a classic made even even better by getting to hear it read in his own voice. Every chapter made me laugh out loud. It's not often that I reread or listen to a book more than once. This is one I will enjoy over and over.
Danger!! Don't listen to while driving. You may end up in a ditch from laughing too hard!
This and Holidays on Ice are fantastic!
Yes, one almost has to absorb everything
The entire book
Most all of David's books are great, some humor, some tears and a lot of soul searching
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
No way. As ever this is a performance piece.
Again As with David Sedaris's books I was there. I was in his pocket 'in' France, 'in' the haunted bedroom, 'with' his family.
His picture imagery which is enhanced by his unique voice inflections
Yes. When David was trying to drown the injured mouse and the fashion starved tourist was looking for a 'willage'.
Another 'must read' from David Sedaris. FIVE stars all the way.
Sedaris has a way to bring his audience right into the action. It is masterful how little exposition he gets away with. One professor I had in college described a way to tell the height of craft in a writer by how well they can introduce and describe the being of a character in one sentence. Sedaris uses this throughout, perhaps my favorite was one involving his sister and a dog in a car accident.
Having it read by David Sedaris is a huge plus. He makes it a performance and it's a delight to hear the accents, the emphasis, and the tones as he intended.
It's a perfectly well written book, and maybe it would be funny if I read it and could put my own spin on it in my head (though I really doubt this), but the combination of these very bleak stories -which Sedaris DOES NOT highlight the humor in- and his delivery in reading them just makes the book dark as opposed to darkly funny. I bought it because I was looking for dark humor, instead I just found dark and really, really sad. Do we have any indication from Sedaris that he intended this to be funny? I just can't believe he did. I just wanted to caution others to listen to a sample if you are looking for a laugh because you might not find it here.
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