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Me Talk Pretty One Day Audiobook

Me Talk Pretty One Day

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Publisher's Summary

David Sedaris' new collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes ("There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch") and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist ("The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever") to "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris' career leads him to New York City and eventually, of all places, France. His move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a "spooky man-child" capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter.

©2000 by David Sedaris, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 by Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

"At his best, he makes you laugh out loud, which indeed may be worth the price of admission." (The New York Times)

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    Kathy A. Kukura 08-02-15
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    "Great book!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story! I currently live in Germany so I understand, and can relate to, learning another language and being an Ex-Pat.

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    Ktu 07-12-15
    Ktu 07-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "David Sedaris is literally the funniest man alive"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was laugh out loud funny all the way through. I can't wait to listen to another of his books.


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    7500 Colorado 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fresh and funny"

    You either like David Sedaris or you don't, and if you like him, you will love Me Talk Pretty.

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    Suzziederkins 05-28-15
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    "Falling for David"

    This made me want to laugh and cry at the same time. Make that snort and sob, actually. Me Talk Pretty One Day was my first exposure to Mr. Sedaris who's now become my idol and imaginary confidant. He just really gets me. I have so much gushing adoration for this book and it's particularly touching to hear it from the mouth of the author.

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    David Hoff 05-11-15
    David Hoff 05-11-15 Member Since 2014

    Santa Monica based photographer, audiblephile, and relaxation enthusiast.

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    Would you listen to Me Talk Pretty One Day again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to Me Talk Pretty again, and probably will in the near future. David's writings are so full of wit and irony and subtle commentary (some not as subtle) that it would be impossible to digest in one listen. His delivery is superb and the stories are all so original and intimate and raw that I couldn't stop myself from sitting in the driveway to finish just one more chapter.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the stories about David's sister. His stories about her always had a certain loving quality that stood out to me, and gave a strong sense of genuine love and adornment that you can't simply say. I particularly enjoyed the story about her wearing the fat suit home for the weekend, which is a great story is great on it's own but the way David tells it really brings life to the moment and creates the perfect imagery throughout.


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    I really appreciated the combination of live and studio recorded stories. The live stories have a bit more of a playful element to them, allowing David to break from reading to laugh or chuckle which created more intimacy. David also has a great understanding of how to deliver the story to get the most out of it, adding pauses or fluctuations etc. to really highlight what he is saying.


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    Jayne S 04-23-15
    Jayne S 04-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I love David's sense of humor."

    David has a fun and interesting way of telling stories. I bought this audio book this year and have listened to it twice already. I'm going to have to get more of his work. What a talent!

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    Melissa 03-30-15
    Melissa 03-30-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Hilariously funny!"

    I love David Sedaris, his stories have me laughing out loud at work. I recommend his books to everyone who needs a smile or just likes to. I also recommend seeing him live!! My husband and I see him every time he's in town. He's very interesting in person too if you have time to get your book signed.

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    Summer 02-16-15
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    "Another Flawless Read"

    David is an author who continues to surpass expectations with his wit and brilliant word play. He has the ability to remind you I everyone you have ever met and everyone you would like to meet. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a good laugh.

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    christy Plano, TX, United States 02-07-14
    christy Plano, TX, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Laughed until I almost crashed!"

    Big Sedaris fan, and this may have been the funniest one that I have read! It should come with a warning about listening and driving. Highly recommended.

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    Ashton Mishima-gun, Japan 12-23-13
    Ashton Mishima-gun, Japan 12-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A travel book for people who hate travel books."

    This is a work of audio art. I don't agree that it's that funny but maybe that is because it mirrors my own life and I can just enjoy the moments on a personal level. That is not to say that the moments are not great and worth the listen. Bill Bryson fans will not like this book.

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