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Me Talk Pretty One Day Audiobook

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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    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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    Jane 02-06-12
    Jane 02-06-12
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    "Hilarity with a tendency to overshare"
    What made the experience of listening to Me Talk Pretty One Day the most enjoyable?

    David's reading and inflection.


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

    his personal interpretation


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    living abroad...been there, done that


    Any additional comments?

    Sedaris revels in shock value that is not integral to the story. A bit too much for my taste.

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    Deanna Oshawa, ON, Canada 01-17-12
    Deanna Oshawa, ON, Canada 01-17-12

    I learned to read at the age of 3 and have never stopped. I will read just about anything I can get my hands on including a dictionary!

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    "Made me laugh out loud!"
    Where does Me Talk Pretty One Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was so happy with my purchase of David Sedaris's Me Talk Pretty One Day. It constantly made me laugh aloud or at least smile. I was very satisfied with his performance reading the book and also the length of the selection. Most people will be able to see a little of themselves in David's stories even if they don't really want to admit it! I especially liked the stories featuring his parents and his portrayal of them. I have and will keep on recommending this audiobook to everyone I know with no fear of reprisals in any way, shape or form. Happy Reading! :D


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

    To me, it was when David's Dad found something in his suitcase and, after taking a bite of it, still could not figure out what the object was.


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

    I have listened to David Sedaris frequently on This American Life radio podcast but, it was really nice to listen to him for as long as I wanted to instead of little snippets here and there.


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

    Definitely made me laugh out loud many many times.


    Any additional comments?

    One day I wanna be seated next to David on a park bench sharing a cigarette surrounded by non smokers . . . . .

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    Steven Mendota Heights, MN, United States 01-09-12
    Steven Mendota Heights, MN, United States 01-09-12
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    "entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Me Talk Pretty One Day to be better than the print version?

    Great to listen to in the car. Very entertaining short stories.


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

    Can't imagine another reader that could deliver this material as well as David Sedaris.


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    Andrew Rocklin, CA, United States 01-03-12
    Andrew Rocklin, CA, United States 01-03-12
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    "made me a bigger fan than i was before"
    What did you love best about Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    When he talks about his life in France and learning the language is amazing. The book is extremely funny but it also has some more sombre and serious notes, it sounds off putting, i know, but it added a pleasant balance that kept it from being tiring.


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

    I would compare it to


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

    David Sederis is funny without it needing to be actually said by him but inflection can be lost when the narration is handed over to someone else, him doing it makes it perfect. Less like someone is reading a book to you and more like someone is telling you a really great and well thought out story, its conversational.


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

    I laughed so hard it almost made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is amazing, I have probably listened to it 30 times over and its still funny. Definatly worth the money.

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    Fletcher Christian Houma, LA, United States 10-13-11
    Fletcher Christian Houma, LA, United States 10-13-11
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    "Hiliarious"

    If you want a great laugh, get this book. Side splittingly funny! I love the fact that David Sedaris is the narrator, because he gives it another dimension that I don't think I would have gotten had I actually read the book. He's awesome, the book is awesome. You will not be disappointed.

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    EJay Virginia 09-23-11
    EJay Virginia 09-23-11
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    "On Sedaris Reading "Me talk pretty one day""

    Very funny stories by the author read perfectly with intonations that keep you interested. For a first listen it serves as a great introduction to the world of Audiobooks and by the time you finish you will be thirsty for more.

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    Hugh Smith United States 08-22-11
    Hugh Smith United States 08-22-11
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    "Got to Santa Barbara & Back"

    Had to drive to Santa Barbara & back from the Bay Area. A 6 to 7 hour trip. What an enlightening way to spend my time. David Sedaris is a genius at writing and calling out our human nature. You will laugh and be touched by his insights.

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    LesleeB 10-26-10
    LesleeB 10-26-10 Member Since 2013
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    "I loved this recording!"

    What a great mix of proses and recorded stand-up comedy. I have been studying French and especially enjoyed David's stories of learning the language--so true. Just order two of anything and you do not need to know the 'gender' of the noun.

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