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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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    Robin OLYMPIA, WA, United States 12-21-12
    Robin OLYMPIA, WA, United States 12-21-12
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    "Not very interesting for me"
    What would have made Me Talk Pretty One Day better?

    I enjoyed David's narration but the storyline held no interest for me.


    What could David Sedaris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?


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

    I don't think so.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Me Talk Pretty One Day?


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Dickmann Shoreline, WA USA 12-05-12
    Mark Dickmann Shoreline, WA USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sedaris is funny and talented, as usual"
    What did you love best about Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David - why not?!


    Have you listened to any of David Sedaris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and this is as good as anything I've heard him do.


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

    No. I actually enjoyed the break between chapters so that I could take time to enjoy each of them.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 11-13-12
    Katie 11-13-12
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    "Humorous and Enjoyable"
    What disappointed you about Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    Nothing disappointed me. I was pleasantly surprised.


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

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Cotacachi, Ecuador 09-24-12
    Rick Cotacachi, Ecuador 09-24-12 Member Since 2013

    In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.

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    "More Great Sedaris"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Portland, OR, United States 09-10-12
    Kathryn Portland, OR, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "great read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this audiobook


    What did you like best about this story?

    finding humor in some hard places


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    I thought it was read very well


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

    no. but I never want that.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Harry 07-23-12
    Harry 07-23-12
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    "Sorry, I tried...couldn't finish it."
    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    I would not try another David Sedaris book.


    What could David Sedaris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I was expecting a humorous story. I was disappointed.


    Did David Sedaris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He was ok, but I couldn't get into the stories.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the stories were a little funny.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure it's enjoyable to others...it's just not my style.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susanna Tyrone, GA, United States 07-09-12
    Susanna Tyrone, GA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sedaris is very funny!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed listening to Sedaris reading his own book. Hearing his voice makes the experience very personal; especially in the beginning of the book.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Falls Church, VA, United States 06-17-12
    Kristen Falls Church, VA, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "He makes both the ordinary and the painful funny!"
    What made the experience of listening to Me Talk Pretty One Day the most enjoyable?

    The collection of stories were hilarious. He has an extraordinary ability to is able to make both the ordinary and the painful funny. Who knew learning french could be so funny? His off beat take on life is both entertaining and thought provoking. Not sure why I was surprized that he had such a dark and colorful past.


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

    Two things really struck me. His ability to avoid words with the letter at such an early age. And at the end of his speech lessons. His realization that the "teacher" had tricked him and was really just mean.


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

    The rythm of the stories is better. He gives the right pace to the stories, pausing at unexpected points. And of course his tone, he is able to convey the sarcasm or attitude of the various characters.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 06-16-12
    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You not funny much."
    What disappointed you about Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    Guess I just don't have a David Sedaris funny bone.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    An action adventure.


    What three words best describe David Sedaris’s voice?

    Whinny and nerdy.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A few laughs, but it got old. I actually loved the live performances!


    Any additional comments?

    Some stories were fantastic and real with sorrow, humor and honesty. His humor is different. Wanted to give him a try. May finish the read/listen eventually.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Anthem, AZ, United States 06-06-12
    Carrie Anthem, AZ, United States 06-06-12
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    "If you like This American Life, you'll like this!"
    Any additional comments?

    Laugh out loud funny. I had a hard time getting into the book years ago, but took a chance on the audio. Hear the author read the book makes it!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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