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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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    Marcia 04-23-12
    Marcia 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


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dinogirl 04-09-12
    dinogirl 04-09-12 Member Since 2012

    dinogirl

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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.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Milpitas, CA 01-01-03
    Amazon Customer Milpitas, CA 01-01-03 Member Since 2014
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    "Wouldn't pick this book again"

    Sorry to say, we were not laughing.

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    Kristy 06-04-13
    Kristy 06-04-13
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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.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Sandy, UT, United States 06-04-13
    Brandon Sandy, UT, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2012
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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 05-11-13
    joanne 05-11-13
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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 2013

    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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