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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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    Brandon Sandy, UT, United States 06-04-13
    Brandon Sandy, UT, United States 06-04-13
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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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    joanne Hinsdale, IL, United States 05-11-13
    joanne Hinsdale, IL, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not funny"
    What disappointed you about Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    This book was chosen after reading reviews and hearing that other reviewers thought this was Sedaris' best of the bunch of books; reportedly people would laugh out loud when listening to this book.

    I dont get it. Not only did i not laugh, i think it wasnt funny at all. I listened to the first three stories and then had to put it away, thinking it was dull and drab and anything but funny unless you have some weird, flat humor gene. A week later i started into the next two stories, only to continue to be disappointed even more. Its painful. The expectations were that this was a brilliant book, it is anything but. Furthermore, the author is crude and does illegal and unethical things and we are supposed to think they are funny?
    I wont buy another DS book.


    Any additional comments?

    i want my credit back on this one!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Hudson, NH, United States 05-07-13
    Paula Hudson, NH, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Clever .. . and funny."
    Where does Me Talk Pretty One Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best.


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    Very honest and endearing performance. I really enjoyed his stories and I really felt that I got to know his family.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13
    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "David is great."

    i love all his work. what more can one say? to make a minimum of 15 words and 25 characters? you either agree with my tastes or you dont? i guess this is our rights as Americans? stop buy if you want to try and chop off my hands. Nice touch with the hand chopping thing. ill continue on next review for filler.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    1Toy23 Beaverton, OR, United States 08-21-12
    1Toy23 Beaverton, OR, United States 08-21-12
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    "Outstanding"

    Absolutely the most funniest I really enjoyed Me Talk Pretty One Day. The book was a fast listen recommend it highly.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kay HERRIMAN, UT, United States 03-26-13
    Kay HERRIMAN, UT, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Honestly Funny"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I definitely would and have recommended this book. I have read a lot of his books and was just as amused with this one.


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

    The most memorable moments is when he writes about his fathers reactions and cariing about his sister's looks.


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    His openness and complete honesty.


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

    Yes if t were possible, but I enjoyed the bits of listening spread out through the days


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kenouria NJ 03-09-13
    Kenouria NJ 03-09-13

    busy mom

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There were too many missing chapters and no one ever contacted us about how to correct it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Sideris


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved all of them.


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

    Neutral


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Judy St. Albans, VT, USA 10-24-09
    Judy St. Albans, VT, USA 10-24-09
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    "Not what I expected"

    I heard about this book on a blog and it indicated it was set in Paris. Boy is that wrong! I wish I had never gotten it but now I am stuck. His voice grates and the stories are terrible.

    3 of 25 people found this review helpful
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