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Me Talk Pretty One Day | [David Sedaris]

Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.
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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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    Gina Vasiloff 05-28-12
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    "Engaging, Amusing"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I identify with misfits, and this story is about an extreme misfit.


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    This audio book wouldn't have been as good had the author not narrated it himself. David Sedaris knows the exact speech nuances he is describing in his book, and he perfectly acts them out.


    Any additional comments?

    I was initially bothered because the book is a collection of short narratives rather than a full-length novel. I got over that fast. I listened to this book while at the gym; there were times I laughed so much I had to put the weights down.

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    Lisa Oakland, CA, United States 05-09-12
    Lisa Oakland, CA, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Me Talk Pretty One Day to be better than the print version?

    Loved them both. I will reread this book and will always keep it in my collection.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David of course. He is so hilarious and self effacing. I love his wit, charm and sarcasm.


    What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His personality really comes through in his narration although reading the book is really just as good. Take your pick.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried and told the stories to anyone that was in earshot as I finished them. I of course don't do them justice but can't help myself.


    Any additional comments?

    Love David Sedaris!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Spokane, WA, United States 04-23-12
    Kristen Spokane, WA, United States 04-23-12
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    "Charmingly acerbic"

    This audiobook was the first David Sedaris work I'd read/heard. Count me in as a new fan. Sedaris' witty and biting commentary made me laugh out loud frequently. Purchase with caution: it took me a few chapters to settle into Sedaris' unique style and personality. Some may find it off-putting, but I loved it.

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    Marcia Summerland, BC, Canada 04-23-12
    Marcia Summerland, BC, Canada 04-23-12
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    "Billy Holiday sings the commercials"
    Would you listen to Me Talk Pretty One Day again? Why?

    I would like to read the book, my sister in law read me a passage that I had forgotten and we both howled with laughter. Her reading was much more fun than David's!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Have someone else read it, but keep the live on stage sequences.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Sedaris’s performances?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


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    dinogirl seattle, wa 04-09-12
    dinogirl seattle, wa 04-09-12 Member Since 2004

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    "No Rooster, sadly, but otherwise wonderful."

    "Me Talk Pretty One Day" is hilarious, poignant, and absurd, and Sedaris is, as always, a stellar narrator. I absolutely loved it. I subtracted one star overall, because my favorite story form the book, "You Can't Kill the Rooster" was abridged out of it. Bummer. I would so love to hear David Sedaris read that one.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Bermuda Dunes, CA, USA 03-01-05
    Janet Bermuda Dunes, CA, USA 03-01-05
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    "Tiresome at best"

    This may be a good read, but as an audio product it's uninteresting and unfunny.

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    Pam Los Angeles, CA, USA 01-22-05
    Pam Los Angeles, CA, USA 01-22-05
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    "So funny but missing great bits!!"

    Sedaris' funniest work on audio, period. I've got it on tape, unabridged, and was looking forward to transefering it to my iPod. So disappointing! This is really missing whole chunks of great stuff. If you're new to Sedaris, it's a good start, no doubt; but "Live at Carnegie Hall" is probably even better. I listened at work and had my head on my desk I was laughing so hard.

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    Amazon Customer Milpitas, CA 01-01-03
    Amazon Customer Milpitas, CA 01-01-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Wouldn't pick this book again"

    Sorry to say, we were not laughing.

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    Kristy United States 06-04-13
    Kristy United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very funny"
    Where does Me Talk Pretty One Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite book by David Sedaris. It is funny, insightful and poignant.


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    Brandon Sandy, UT, United States 06-04-13
    Brandon Sandy, UT, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Same drab style gets old about halfway through"
    What did you like best about Me Talk Pretty One Day? What did you like least?

    As mentioned in the title of this review, the author's drab style of writing and narrating gets old about halfway through the book. At a certain point I felt like I was hearing the same story just in different settings with different characters over and over again.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Sedaris? Why or why not?

    No. I don't find his style entertaining anymore after this book.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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