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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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    Genzale Kent, WA, United States 07-19-15
    Genzale Kent, WA, United States 07-19-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Boring"

    Boring and not read well. I did not see the point of the book or storyline. It was a random mix of tales from his life but no real substance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine San Diego, CA, USA 07-14-08
    Katherine San Diego, CA, USA 07-14-08
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    "brilliant"

    David Sedaris always has me laughing and crying at the same time. His stories are so painfully real that I find myself laughing out loud and then feeling a little guilty because really the situation is sad and messed up. But it's so raw and real that it's just brilliant. You've got to laugh at life, especially when things are sad and messed up.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Freehold , NJ, USA 02-04-05
    Patrick Freehold , NJ, USA 02-04-05
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    "Very Funny"

    Simply put this is one of the funniest books I have ever had the pleasure of hearing! I just wish his other books lived up to this one.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Scott, LA, USA 01-15-04
    Pam Scott, LA, USA 01-15-04
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    "YAWN"

    Not hysterical at all....fell asleep a couple of times while listening. Just Cute...not funny.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Marius Irene, South Africa 03-18-05
    Marius Irene, South Africa 03-18-05 Member Since 2016
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    "He write and read pretty good today"

    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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Oakland, CA USA 05-18-07
    Sherry Oakland, CA USA 05-18-07 Member Since 2006

    “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” ― Dr. Seuss

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    "Good way to start your day"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Casey Valencia, CA, USA 01-19-03
    Casey Valencia, CA, USA 01-19-03
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    "Me Talk Pretty One Day"

    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.

    10 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Anjan San Francisco, CA, USA 08-16-04
    Anjan San Francisco, CA, USA 08-16-04
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    "LOL Funny"

    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!

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Cedaredge, CO, United States 03-05-03
    Annie Cedaredge, CO, United States 03-05-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Hilarious"

    This book is sooo much better on audio--I only wish the unabridged version was available.

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    Emily 07-05-12
    Emily 07-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen when you need a pick-me-up."

    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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