©2000 by David Sedaris, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 by Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
"At his best, he makes you laugh out loud, which indeed may be worth the price of admission." (The New York Times)
The author reads a hilarious account of his life. From lithping thchooldays, to hith thomewhat eccentic parentth and thiblings. Life in New York, to the French countryside and Parisian cinemas. Some of it is plain funny, some is funny-serious while much is laugh-out-loud stuff, so the folks sitting near you during your commute are going to give you some strange looks. A comparison with Woody Allen is valid, although David Sedaris is no mere clone. If you enjoy really good humour (and there's precious little of it on audio), don't hesitate!
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” ― Dr. Seuss
This was my first David Sedaris book, and it won't be my last. I would listen to this going to work and found myself smiling as I walked in the door. I don't usually start out my day in a good mood so that was a great side benefit. He is absolutely hilarious and unique and makes a great narrator of his own life. The French classes and Easter story were so funny and evocative I felt like I was there with him. You get the sense he would be fun to hang out with, like a modern version of Truman Capote, and go through these experiences with. And a family that produces both him and Amy has got to be a riot as well.
David Sedaris is hilarious. His experiences growing up gay and obsessive compulsive in the South made me laugh out load. His childhod fantasy that he would some day grow up to be a cabaret star with an act consisting of his impression of Billy Holiday singing ads for local car dealerships was so insane that it made me howl and yet, I still believed it. And, amazingly, when he read the story of his music lessons, he sang the ads like Billy Holiday.
But behind the laughter is the reality and sadness that are often present in great comedy. Me Talk Pretty One Day is more than a collection of funny stories. It touches you. It makes you laugh, but you ache for this child whose elementary school thought it could "cure" his homosexuality with speech therapy.
I am no fan of abridged books. But hearing Mr. Sedaris read his own stories more than made up for anything I may have missed. And since he did the reading himself, I assume he collaborated on the process of cutting his work. This book gave me plenty of laughs on my way to work and, having heard this abridged version, I have put the book on my nightstand and plan to read it soon.
My wife recommended this book, which is absolutely hilarious. It also has some incisive social commentary which really works because the author?s doesn't preach or take himself too seriously. I was in complete stitches on many occasions. David Sedaris has great delivery and excellent timing making the narration very enjoyable!
No one makes me laugh like Sedaris (well, maybe Bill Cosby). He has tremendous insight into human nature and relates that insight in such a clever way through his stories. All of the essays in this collection are funny -- some more hysterical than others, but all are funny.
I really enjoy reading his New Yorker column, but it is very entertaining to hear him read his own work. Once you've listened to him and then read his work afterward, his voice rings in your head as you read -- love it!
A few of the essays are repeats, but I didn't mind hearing them again. Well worth the credit. I only wish that he was more prolific.
Law School Book Addict
You can't like everything and this book is just not in my wheelhouse. The author and narrator is unlikable and the stories fell flat for me. I felt like I paid for a mediocre one-person play in the back alley of a comedy show. It tried, it really, really tried, but it missed the mark. There was no plot and no action.
Pretty fucking fantastic
It was an series of essays but it was well read by the author which added an extra level of humor to the stories.
Since the stories about him, he connects on an amazing level with the stories and offers great emotion in his readings.
No, I listened to it on my car rides into work for about 2 weeks or so. It was a great experience and the essays are short enough to be able to get through one or two on the way in.
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