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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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    Gary 03-22-15
    Gary 03-22-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Like eating choclate fudge"

    I bite or two is enjoyable. But a steady diet (almost six hours) of it, is not. There is no story to this audible book. Although David Sedaris' performance was excellent, one can watch someone getting hit by a wrench so many time before the humor fades.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 03-04-14
    Dan 03-04-14
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    "Slow, Occasionally Funny, Monotonous"
    What would have made Me Talk Pretty One Day better?

    If it was funnier. There were some funny parts but they were sparse.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Sedaris again?

    Not sure


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

    More live stories - those were the funniest


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

    disappointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-24-13

    B. Krush

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    "Don't waste your credit"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who questioned their sexual orientation from a young age?


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Sedaris again?

    Unlikely


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

    Unlikely


    What character would you cut from Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    Didn't make it past the elementary school section...


    Any additional comments?

    Again, don't waste the credit

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Farmington Hills, MI, United States 08-11-13
    Lee Farmington Hills, MI, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not for everyone (not for me)"
    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    No


    What was most disappointing about David Sedaris’s story?

    Expected much more humor; across a variety of topics


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

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The short story format was the best attribute


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the subject matter was uncomfortable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. DeTroye Longmont, CO USA 07-06-13
    S. DeTroye Longmont, CO USA 07-06-13 Member Since 2011

    snowpea

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    "Horrible...just horrible. Not funny..."
    What would have made Me Talk Pretty One Day better?

    If it were anything close to being funny... as advertised


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Sedaris again?

    Probably not


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Sedaris?

    The Narration isn't the problem... the content is.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None comes to mind


    Any additional comments?

    Audible... I bought this book because you guys recommended it. I will not make the mistake again, and I'd really like to have my credit back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Oak Creek, WI, United States 01-22-11
    Christine Oak Creek, WI, United States 01-22-11
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    "Not worth it!"

    I have long been waiting to read this book, and thought I would give it a listen instead. However, it was simply awful. There were parts that were somewhat funny (I did laugh out loud a few times) but as jokes started recycling in different formats, I grew disinterested. The combination of live telling and reading didn't help, nor did the fact there's no order or theme to the listen. It jumps around through time, location and style. Maybe the author forgot that he had written some of the things in an earlier story and rewrote them? Other things about him changed-- in one part he was obsessed with medical French, in another he was afraid to go to the doctor for fear of not understanding what they would tell him.

    I would not recommend this. I was very disappointed. It was bizarre and poorly executed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AED chicago,il 08-19-04
    AED chicago,il 08-19-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Me Get It"

    A dry sense of humor is required to really enjoy David Sedaris' self-deprecating stories. The sections of tape he recorded in front of a crowd were probably some of my favorites. I'll definately listen to it again to catch what i may have missed. And I'll recommend it to others.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Atlanta, GA, USA 01-18-04
    Barry Atlanta, GA, USA 01-18-04
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    "Not Worth the Price of Admission"

    Disregard the 4 rating and make sure you listen to the sample before buying. If you can take 4 hours of 4:30, listening to exactly the same thing, buy it. I made a mistake and took the 4 rating on faith. I wanted to, because I had so thoroughly enjoyed David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall. Even after I listened to the download sample and finding the author's in-studio reading style to be as mediocre as the subject matter, I still bought the book. I did so because the reviews said otherwise. I reasoned that I was listening to the beginning and it would soon change. Boy was I mistaken. The drone of his recounting his HS speech problems, went on and on and on. It finally did change, but that was at the 4-hour mark. For the remaining 30 minute, the listener is once again treated to a live performance, as funny, as full of wit and as crisply delivered, as is his Carnegie Hall performance. However, 30 minutes out of 4:30, is hardly worth the price of admission. The only saving grace was I used a 20% discount instead of a book credit to buy the book.

    19 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    David kirkland, WA, USA 02-03-05
    David kirkland, WA, USA 02-03-05
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    "Funny, poignant"

    As always, David Sedaris shares his wry, funny, and poignant views of the world. He has an ability to take note of common experiences and find something funny in them. His deliverance is excellent and we prefer to listen to him tell his stories in his own voice as opposed to reading them ourselves.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Don McGowan 01-03-06
    Don McGowan 01-03-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Overrated"

    Same comments on this book as I had for "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" - bought both of them before I'd listened to either one, which was a big mistake. If you're not interested in listening to "quirky family stories" then Sedaris isn't your guy. David Rakoff is a better choice.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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