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Me Talk Pretty One Day | [David Sedaris]

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 David Sedaris, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000, 2001 Time Warner AudioBooks

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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    Katherine 10-27-09
    Katherine 10-27-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "I thought I would be annoyed."

    I thought David's voice would irritate me but no - he is a brilliant reader. His stories are a "slice of life" about growing up in his large family, surviving the education system and bulls****ing his way through various careers, while keeping a firm grasp on his sense of humour. The only irritating bit was the section where he was reading to an audience and we have to hear their laughter - fortunately this is short. I loved the chapter on the family's succession of ill fated pets. The book is well worth listening to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Tear 10-22-13
    Tanya Tear 10-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I wept"

    I am a huge recent fan of David Sedaris, and this book didn't disappoint. My whole family was listening to it on a long drive. At one point I thought my husband was going to run off the road he was laughing so hard. I was weeping with laughter, so couldn't even take over the driving. David Sedaris has the best delivery, and the best self-deprecating humour that comes through even when the subject matter is less hilarious than piquant. We'll listen to it more than once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hammy 07-25-10
    Hammy 07-25-10
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    "No laughs here"

    Not funny. The author details the adversity he faced growing up as a young homosexual. Not a comedy at all. Very sad at times. Was not expecting an autobiography.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kim Australia 05-24-12
    kim Australia 05-24-12
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    "Hilarious"
    Would you listen to Me Talk Pretty One Day again? Why?

    David Sedaris' short stories are hilarious, and spoken with his dry wit only adds to the overall experience.


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

    It was wonderful to listen to the live segments and hear others appreciate the humour too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 01-21-14
    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 01-21-14 Member Since 2013

    Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.

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    "Not For Me"

    Why David, why? Why don't I like you? I really tried, honestly I did. After I panned "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" everyone told me I'd started in the wrong place. Everyone told me your very best work was actually “Me Talk”, so I dutifully went back for a second round with fresh hopes and a forgiving heart.

    Oh David. The uneven but occasionally funny “Diabetes” was actually better than the extremely even (i.e. never-once-interesting) drivel in “Me Talk”.

    David, David, David. We really should've hit it off, but I'm afraid your anecdotes are just a little too pointless, laughless and — dare I say — truthless for me to bother with Round 3. If this is the best you have to offer, let's just agree to go our separate ways. It's not me, it's you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Tracey
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    1/6/10
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    "Absolutely hilarious"

    I'd never encountered David Sedaris before this audiobook, and was advised this was a great starting point. And I am so glad I listened to it. David's stories are touching, informative and above all ridiculously funny. His attempts at speaking French had me laughing out loud, while his revealing tale about tourists judging him on the Paris Metro made me want to reach into the headphones and punch the offending ignorami. He is extremely likable, and once you listen to one story don't make any plans for the next few hours, as you won't want to leave him unattended.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    6/21/14
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    "Very funny but very believable"
    What did you like most about Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    The narration


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

    The story about the family dog


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

    His deadpan delivery


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

    Laughed a lot, even in public


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to another Sedaris book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn
    Derby, United Kingdom
    9/1/13
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    "He talk pretty"

    I've only recently discovered David Sedaris after stumbling across his Radio 4 show, Meet David Sedaris. I bought this, hoping that it would be as funny as the 30 minute R4 show and I have not been disappointed. I judge how funny an audio book is by how stupid I look when I am listening to it and this one passes the test with flying colours. I have been laughing out loud whilst listening to this when I'm walking the dog and I suspect that I am fast gaining a reputation locally as some sort of laughing halfwit. My favourite line - "is them the thoughts of cows". It will make sense when you get to it. Highly, highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mooma
    UK
    8/24/13
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    "Glad I stuck with this book..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd definitely recommend this book. It look me while to get used to Sedaris' delivery, but once I had I loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the bits about speaking French, made me pee. The Youth in Asia had me in tears, very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    The length of the stories mean that it's a great book to listen to on the bus to/from work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Sydney, Australia
    3/5/15
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    "Witty, personal, and engaging"

    Typical Sedaris ... reads his stories with self-deprecating humour and wit. This collection focuses mostly on Sedaris and his partner and their lives together in France, navigating culture and language. Entertaining and light, he also raises deeper questions about navigating mainstream society if you are gay, being American in France, and writing. Well worth a listen...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    Timaru, New Zealand
    12/2/13
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    "Very funny"

    Having David Sedaris himself narrating in his witty tone is a real bonus. It's perfect for long car journeys or travelling with headphones. Chapters are self contained stories so perfect to dip in and out of.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Caerphilly, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Why is he so funny?"

    The fact that David Sedaris narrates his own observations on daily life adds comic nuances and pauses that are wonderful. Some would say his delivery is dead pan, but this works. I'm not a 'laugh out loud' person but this did make me smile, chuckle, and infuriatingly for them, call other people in to 'Listen to this!' He really makes the ordinary extraordinary and leaves me thinking, 'There, but for the grace of God....' I'll be reading more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • E. S. Price
    4/7/13
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    "Hilarious - brimming with dark, sharp wit."

    David Sedaris doesn't disappoint with another selection of gut-achingly funny observations. From speech therapists to airline passengers and as ever, his family, he will make you weep with laughter with his wit, humour and dead-pan delivery. Wonderful - I've listened to it over and over.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • simon
    west molesey, United Kingdom
    2/24/13
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    "very confusing"

    Maybe it's me, but why can I not just download the book and listen on my computer without a host of very confusing options. Fortunately I have read the book before but downloaded it to listen to in the car but am completely unable to either download it ( yes, I've already paid ) or play it. Very Irritated customer.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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