©2000 by David Sedaris, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 by Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
"At his best, he makes you laugh out loud, which indeed may be worth the price of admission." (The New York Times)
This wasn't to my taste. Many friends had read the book and said it was hysterically funny, but I found the author's delivery rather melancholy and pathetic. His stories re: speech therapy and his family pets left me feeling somewhat sad - much to my friends' confusion. I think I would be better off reading the book.
I am a fan of Mr. Sedaris' segments on This American Life. This was the first time I'd ever read/listened to one of his books and I have to say, the experience kind of bummed me out. It seems that Mr. Sedaris is a very unhappy individual who goes out of his way to interpret things that happen to him and around him in the most negative way possible. I guess that's where he gets his material from, but personally found it a little tiresome after a while. This book is best served in This American Life sized chunks to be enjoyed one at a time rather than listening to multiple chapters at once.
If I could give this book zero stars, I would. I couldn't even listen to the whole book. His feeling sorry for himself gets old fast. I'm a caregiver, and know many people who struggle with much greater afflictions than David Sedaris, and they whine much less.
Not sure if was a distraction, but certainly offered nothing to entice me to keep plowing through.
Probably wouldn't have published it.
Just couldn't get into this book at all. May try again during Lent.
Out and free
First time for me, I enjoyed his story
A few tears but many more giggles
Whining isn't pretty.
Anything but Sedaris
This is the first audible download that I wish I had left on the server.
I enjoyed David's narration but the storyline held no interest for me.
I don't think so.
I enjoyed learning more about him and his family. The chapters that involved his family were the most interesting and enjoyable. Of course his humor is outstanding.
David - why not?!
Yes and this is as good as anything I've heard him do.
No. I actually enjoyed the break between chapters so that I could take time to enjoy each of them.
Nothing disappointed me. I was pleasantly surprised.
I had no expectations for this book, but was pleasantly surprised by the light humor in this book. It also made an enormous difference that it was narrated by the author. His intent with each story came through. I couldn't wait to listen to return to his narration.
In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.
Despite listening to much of the Sedaris body of work, I realized I'd never heard the one that for many was their introduction to him. "Me Talk Pretty One Day" does not disappoint, offering both studio and live-audience readings as only he can deliver. The man who has been called "the world's most eloquent malcontent" (Amazon.com) and "Garrison Keillor's evil twin" (Publishers Weekly) offers a wide-ranging collection of observation and introspection--invariably hilarious, often poignant. Includes fascinating stories about learning to live in a village in Normandy, and much more.
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