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Me Talk Pretty One Day Audiobook
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Written by: 
David Sedaris
Narrated by: 
David Sedaris
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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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    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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    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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    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 04-15-05
    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 04-15-05 Member Since 2016
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    "San Diego reader"

    I found this book very boring and mundane. I didn't like the laugh-track on much of the material and was puzzled as to why these people were laughing at very ordinary material.

    13 of 19 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.

    20 of 30 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 Listener Since 2001
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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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    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 02-08-05
    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 02-08-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Funny in a pathetic roadkill kind of way"

    This is my first book from Sedaris and I think I'll try another. It was entertaining throughout with many parts that made me laugh out loud. He is kind of a modern, politically incorrect, cigarette-loving, drug-addled, openly gay, extra-pathetic Woody Allen with some of the clever and biting observations of George Carlin or Chris Rock. There was one or two low points where his stories dragged, and especially the one on the metro where the ending was a major letdown. His phrasing and comic timing are excellent. His live bits were the best ones. As a narrator his voice was thin and high-pitched but it fit here... especially since these was his own true (hah, probably not without some small exaggerations) life story.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Hubbard, OH, USA 07-16-05
    Jeffrey Hubbard, OH, USA 07-16-05
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    "Some parts slow, some okay"

    The material in this book is excellent as usual, but Sedaris as the narrator is much better performing live than he is in his monotone, low-energy, non-emotional reading of this book. At times I could not believe how non-engaging this book was, and I couldn't wait for certain stories that were inserted from live performances. Again, the material is classic Sedaris, but you may fall asleep several times as you struggle through much of this narration.

    Listen to all his book samples, compare his live performances and ones on This American Life to this, and you'll see what I am talking about.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    P. C..S. 09-06-03
    P. C..S. 09-06-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Too much of a good thing?"

    David Sedaris'collection of essays may not be, in subject matter, appreciated by everyone. His talented delivery and quirky take on life (from childhood, through several stages of personal development)do however make for amusing listening. Unfortunately, the author seems to be trying very hard to show us how clever he is. Though each anecdotal segment on its own is amusing, the work as a whole can be a little tedious. This is a great car selection -- 30 minutes here and there spread over an extended period.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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