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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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    Mary B. Huntsville, TX 04-01-04
    Mary B. Huntsville, TX 04-01-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Boring, Poor Me"

    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.

    8 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne 06-20-13
    Jeanne 06-20-13
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    "Yawn!"
    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    Probably not.


    What was most disappointing about David Sedaris’s story?

    Lackluster self-absorption.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not sure if was a distraction, but certainly offered nothing to entice me to keep plowing through.


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

    Probably wouldn't have published it.


    Any additional comments?

    Just couldn't get into this book at all. May try again during Lent.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Otsego, MN, United States 01-29-13
    Robin Otsego, MN, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good read"
    If you could sum up Me Talk Pretty One Day in three words, what would they be?

    Out and free


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

    First time for me, I enjoyed his story


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

    A few tears but many more giggles


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Coy 01-06-13
    Coy 01-06-13
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    "Dribble"
    What would have made Me Talk Pretty One Day better?

    Whining isn't pretty.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but Sedaris


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first audible download that I wish I had left on the server.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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