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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary | [David Sedaris]

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.
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Publisher's Summary

Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck", three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty", a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk", a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.

Once again David Sedaris shows us the most outrageous, tender, absurd sides of ourselves in his "profoundly funny, well-crafted stories that somehow, magically, bring home a major point about fidelity or guilt or love...." (Christian Science Monitor).

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2010 David Sedaris (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    Somone Glendale, AZ, United States 11-21-10
    Somone Glendale, AZ, United States 11-21-10
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    "A Must Listen"

    I've been a Sedaris fan for a number of years now and am so pleased with his latest work. Not only was I laughing out loud but my husband, who typically HATES audiobooks in general, asked to listen to it again and again. Worth more than one credit :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Amelia, OH, United States 10-15-10
    Robin Amelia, OH, United States 10-15-10
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    "Laughed out loud"

    I had a rack of shirts to iron. I downloaded this book and set up the ironing board. I was laughing out loud, while ironing away. I love David Sedaris and the voices on this audiobook are perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-06-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "Bleak bitter and cruel"

    This is the last book I'll buy by DS. I couldn't finish it.
    The last story I listened to portrayed a pathetic bear being cruelly tortured as a comeuppance.
    It utterly lacked any humanity or warmth. Just the harshest ironies.
    Ultimately very dark.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Plymouth, MA, United States 10-30-10
    Phyllis Plymouth, MA, United States 10-30-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Love animals, hated this book"

    I found this book disappointing, crude, and not at all funny. Couldn't really relate any of the stories to real situations, but maybe that's just me. This is not at all what I expected and should have paid more attention to the negative reviews. I'm a long time listener of books from Audible, but this one was truly awful. This book has recieved a lot of attention in the press but because of the author not the story. Too bad.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Edmund Framingham, MA, United States 10-18-10
    Edmund Framingham, MA, United States 10-18-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Weak idea and just as weak effort"

    For all the fans that Sedaris has garnered over the years with his twisted humor, you would think his editor would set the bar a bit higher - not just conceptually but regarding execution. How many anthropomorphized "animals talking like humans" premises have we heard in long and short form, done so much better and without the juvenile ugly gross-out extremes ? Not original, not well thought out, not a reasonable length (try burned length on cd of 2 1/2 cds...). Not much value for your money - and this is the opinion of a long time fan. The extreme gross-out stuff is not so cute or deeply creative either. One or two stories in a much larger collection might have worked - but to base every story in his so called 'book' on the same hackneed idea - well it would have been difficult for a much better humorist.
    I have heard many stories of Sedaris's where feel you are getting disappointed but you still feel compelled to cut him some slack because of his past best work and you keep listening hoping to reveal a new gem and ultimately your effort is wasted. Save yourself an Audible credit and skip this one - or find in a library if you must. You'll thank me. If you bought it already, ask his editor why they let him release this drivel. Wait - as I see from the NY Times Best Seller list - I know why. Purely to milk the cash cow of his fan base. It's my last Sedaris purchase - I wonder how many other fans will feel the same way after reading/hearing it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Darren New Milford, NJ, United States 10-12-10
    Darren New Milford, NJ, United States 10-12-10
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    "Worst Sedaris Book Ever"

    I've read all his books, seen him live, and even chatted with Mr. Sedaris for a few minutes in a theater lobby. I am a fan of his. This audio book was terrible. The stories were all predictable, book was short, and the narrators other than Mr. Sedaris weren't great. What makes his audiobooks fun is hios reading of them.

    I want my credit back.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Javier Pittsburgh, PA, United States 10-07-10
    Javier Pittsburgh, PA, United States 10-07-10 Member Since 2004
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    "I was shocked not to hear Sedaris read his book"

    I was dismayed to find out this book is not read by David Sedaris. Hearing someone else read one of his books is a sacrilege.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    andrea fisher 08-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Skip this one"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is the only book by David Sedaris that will disappoint.


    Has Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm a huge fan of David Sedaris. His witty humor works well when he's addressing his various family issues and personal oddities. But, when personifying animals...something is lost entirely. These stories are like modernized parables, but Sedaris should of left the animal fables to Aesop and just stick to what he does best.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There are several different narrators, which works well, but the content just doesn't work. Even best-selling authors produce a dud every once in a while.


    Did Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk inspire you to do anything?

    This book inspires me to write a negative review, although I wish I had something more positive to say.


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    Sharon E. Clarke 07-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So unfunny and mean."
    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or the narrators?

    Not unless it was more like his personal stories and memories.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Sedaris again?

    Maybe.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    SUre.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, it was just awful and unfunny and vicious.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Sedaris' earlier work. This was a huge disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    one more reader Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-29-13
    one more reader Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Not his best"
    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or the narrators?

    I have read all of his books. This one is the only one I stopped listening after a few of the stories.
    I will go back though, but I have read and listened to all of his books like in "one journey", impossible to put down until I get to the last page and still want more.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Sedaris because there's nothing I haven't read. I will continue with some suspense thriller.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Is Sedaris read by Sedaris, so it's not bad, it's just not the funny, witty Sedaris I love, and whose books I couldn't put down.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes: Sedaris


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