No matter what your favorite holiday, you won't want to miss celebrating it with the author who has been called "one of the funniest writers alive" (Economist).
©2008 David Sedaris; (P)2008 David Sedaris
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What a tradition-- right up there with "It's a Wonderful Life," "A Christmas Carol," and "Christmas Vacation".
Many Christmas stories are sugar sweet, but, if you like a little spice with your sweet, include David Sedaris in your yearly holiday experience. "The Christmas Elf' is one of the funniest, most irreverent, and most memorable of listens.
Sedaris may not be for everyone, but if you sometimes appreciate the cynical side of holiday cheer, try this.
And do it for his absolutely unique, creakie little voice!
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
If you're not ready for Department Store Christmas Carolers or Mall Santas, plug Holidays On Ice into your ears. Sedaris generally does an excellent job of pointing toward the madness of the holidays, without feeling like a Grinch.
The opening story "The SantaLand Diaries" is about Sedaris working in a Department Store as an elf, and if you've ever experienced a certain frustration (along with Charlie Brown) about the commercialization of Christmas, or Christmas being pushed on you, this story is a can't miss.
The rest of the stories weren't nearly as much fun for me. "Seasons Greetings" and "Christmas Means Giving" in particular ended felt overly mean and cruel.
That said, others, like "Dinah, The Christmas Whore," and "Six to Eight Black Men" were genuinely amusing. I wouldn't call "Monster Mash" fun, but it was incredibly well written.
(There are more stories in this edition than in the previous version. Personally, I think the additional stories are welcome.)
I suspect, like "A Christmas Carol," I'll make listening to "The SantaLand Diaries" and some of the stories an annual tradition.
I had tickets to see David Sedaris and I was brushing up on some of his older books to refresh my memory beforehand. As always, a delightful listen. I've read all of his books, but I much prefer listening to him read them. The very best part of this book is that he sings in the voice of Billie Holiday. It's one thing to read the story and the words say, I sang a commercial jingle in the voice of Billie Holiday. It's a whole other thing to actually hear him sing a jingle like Billie Holiday. Brilliant!!!
I'm a huge fan of David Sedaris and would recommend all of his books. And if you have a chance to see him perform, even better. Not only is he funny, he's also very nice. When he signs your book, he looks directly at you and asks you questions, then writes something personal just for you. When I saw him recently, he stayed and signed books until one in the morning. He looked exhausted, but he was gracious and engaging.
Say something about yourself!
As the title proclaims I love Sedaris. I find his humor engaging and insightful. I will take on anything with his name on it. Lucky for me, his books have been wonderful. He is subtle and droll. I do not know who to compare him to. Try one of his books. I think you will love his stories. He reads his own material. He has an engaging voice and is one of the few who I think are able to read their own material to good effect. Usually my heart sinks when I see that the author is reading the book. Not so with Sedaris. His reading is part of "the act."
Young Adult and Brit Lit aficionado.
hilarious, scandalous, worrisome
David is a great story-teller and is self-deprecating and proud all in one go.
Being a Christmas elf.
These stories are great, but they are not all new. They have been in other publications.
Yes. It never fails to make me laugh.
I hate the letter story. It is cruel and insufferable.
Reaching through words stars not yet discovered!
His stories always end at his beginnings and visa versa! Songs to my ears and my own North Carolina experiences!
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I enjoyed listening to this book, but I was looking for an ROFL experience, and although it was funny, I never quite laughed out loud. Sedaris is an excellent writer/performer, but I don't consider this his best work. If you are looking for a real LOL experience, try Me Talk Pretty One Day (my PF), or When You Are Engulfed in Flames. With that said, I did find this book entertaining, that is except for the last part written by his sister. It just got old in a hurry.
Everything nasty, horrible, pathetic, crazy, useless, and disgusting about Christmas. Especially Christmas in New York City. Where apparently, no one has any joy or peace. Everybody is nasty or stupid or blithely unaware. Where all workers are oppressed and depressed and taking quiet pleasure in providing the worst service and experience for everyone.
To be honest I could only get through about half of this before I wanted to punch screwdrivers through my ears so I didn't have to hear this any more.
There are lots better audio books on Christmas - I wouldn't recommend this one.
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