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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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    Carol S. Godette Saratoga Springs,NY 10-04-13
    Carol S. Godette Saratoga Springs,NY 10-04-13

    Love to read. Been in a book club for 17 years and this helps keep me up on my reading.

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    "Don't Drive and Listen to this!"
    What did you love best about Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    The story of David taking a French class and trying to explain the meaning of Easter to a Middle Eastern story made me laugh so hard I had to pull over while driving.


    What other book might you compare Me Talk Pretty One Day to and why?

    Let's Talk About Owls with Diabetes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After listening to each chapter I thought- "that was my favorite"- and then I heard the another new favorite.


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

    Tears of laughter streamed down my face!


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    paxaw 03-24-13
    paxaw 03-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    Maybe in print, not on audible...credits are too precious


    Any additional comments?

    I have only listened to the first few chapters, so maybe I am not giving it a proper chance. I just can't bring myself to continue listening. It's dull and just not what I expected.

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    Shelyha Covington, LA, United States 01-08-13
    Shelyha Covington, LA, United States 01-08-13
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    "Uh, not at all what I expected"
    Would you recommend Me Talk Pretty One Day to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The reason that I purchased this audio book was due to the reviews that stated how FUNNY this book is. It is NOT. While there are certainly several funny sections, the majority of this book is tragic. I spent much of the time just WAITING to start laughing hysterically - as a few other reviews indicated. I have a very good sense of humor, and laugh easily, but so much of this content left a knot in my stomach. I did, however, feel a sense of compassion for the author, as he went thrtough some very difficult times during his younger years in a very dysfunctional family. The best parts are the audio sections where he is reading to a live audience.


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    Laura SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 10-30-12
    Laura SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I didn't want it to end!"

    We love all David Sedaris books, listen this one after Naked and it fills in the wonderful upbringing and life of a wonderfully insightful, odd and funny family producing one of my favorite authors.

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    Patrick Derby, KS, United States 03-26-12
    Patrick Derby, KS, United States 03-26-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Meh"

    The book really wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I'm not blaming anyone but myself because I probably just made a quick decision on the purchase without researching it properly. It's mainly an autobiography. So if you really want to know about David Sedaris, this is your book. I will say that at times it was quite humorous. Mr. Sedaris's stand-up comedy which he places in the book from time to time is probably the best part. His speaking ability lends itself great to the stage but is rather to droll for the book. But again it could have just been the content of the book wasn't very appealing to me.

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    J 02-20-12
    J 02-20-12

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    "Hilarious!"

    Hilarious stories for the open-minded reader. Am looking forward to reading (listening to) his other musings. Glad this audiobook was read by the writer.

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    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 02-20-12
    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 02-20-12 Member Since 2005

    Mother and catlover

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    "Not my absolute favorite, but still hilarious"
    Would you listen to Me Talk Pretty One Day again? Why?

    I would listen to it again. David Sedaris is always good for a laugh. His wry humor that respects no one and nothing is both fun and liberating.


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

    Not only would I be willing to try another book by him, but I own as many as I have seen. He's a kick.


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    Jill BROOKLYN, NY, United States 02-13-12
    Jill BROOKLYN, NY, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Parts of it are pretty funny"
    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    Probably not. In my opinion, his voice is annoying to listen to. It might be worth it if it were a little funnier.


    Would you recommend Me Talk Pretty One Day to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure, maybe, if you're bored. It's vaguely entertaining, but really it's just one person's thoughts on random aspects of life. I guess after a certain number of books, people run out of things to talk about.


    What aspect of David Sedaris’s performance would you have changed?

    His performance was fine. I appreciated his use of southern accents when appropriate. His voice is just a little annoying and hard to get used to.


    Could you see Me Talk Pretty One Day being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh god no.


    Any additional comments?

    There were parts of it that were good. My favorite parts were the stories about him living in France and Paris, and his French class.

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    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 02-07-12
    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 02-07-12 Member Since 2014

    Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!

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    "The recorded live stand-up parts are hilarious"

    Not so good the biography part but I crack up listening to the live stand up shows!

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    Kerry Whitefish Bay, WI, United States 02-07-12
    Kerry Whitefish Bay, WI, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Catches you off-guard and makes you laugh!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    Descriptions of his interactions with his dad/family.


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    His wry sense of humor. And he never cracks himself up...


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