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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk Audiobook

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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    Alene Portland, OR, United States 10-02-10
    Alene Portland, OR, United States 10-02-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Depressing"

    A brutal look at the dark side of human nature. Never funny, very painful. A depressing book.

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    Rhonda R. 02-26-11
    Rhonda R. 02-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Please don't..."

    I'm a fan of David Sedaris, but I wish I hadn't listened to this. I actually still feel sick when I think about the stories, and I listened 4 weeks ago. I have deleted this from my library.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kat on Kindle Warren, Michigan, United States 01-26-11
    Kat on Kindle Warren, Michigan, United States 01-26-11 Member Since 2002

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    "Waste of time and money"

    This contains excessive hatred and graphic violence. This book makes stories of pulling the wings off of flies for fun VERY tame by comparison. DO not buy this book. Do not subject your children to it. I have thought about relaying a scene or two for you to get the idea but I cant think of a scene from this book that I would wish to have imprinted in your mind. If there was a point to any of the imagry here that would be one thing, but the only point seems to be the author getting off on putting disturbing imagry in your mind. That to me seems sociopathic.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eva A. Powers 11-25-10 Listener Since 2005

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    "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk"

    Unpleasant, even sadistic-sad use of animals. I expected to be educated or uplifted. Instead it was depressing. Actually I stopped listening after the fifth allegory.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DGM 12-11-12
    DGM 12-11-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Quirky collection"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, it is what it is.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Makes you think.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jazz discussion at the coffee shop.


    Do you think Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Sedaris humor is what it is. This is on the edge even for him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily United States 05-01-12
    Emily United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "not what you expect"
    What would have made Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk better?

    if the discription was better


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something less graphic


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk?

    the one about the birds eating bugs from decaying human heads


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BethGi 02-06-12
    BethGi 02-06-12
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    "Sad and awful"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no one


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

    It will make me think twice about David Sedaris, who I previously loved.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    a bit over-dramatized


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk?

    pretty much all of it (as far as I listened) -- it was just a very grim, sad set of vignettes that should not have been published. Not funny, not insightful -- just made me want to weep.

    When I reached the tale about the dancing bears, I could stand it no more. I finally just turned it off.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had heeded other reviewers who said it was not in the 'expected' Sedaris mode.

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    Olive 03-25-11
    Olive 03-25-11 Member Since 2012
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    "MOOOOO"

    I usually love David Sedaris, but this was a little weird dark. I do have to admit I really enjoyed the perspective from animals. I also liked the other narrators. Howeve , I would not waste a credit on it.

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    Steve Playa del Rey, CA, United States 03-08-11
    Steve Playa del Rey, CA, United States 03-08-11
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    "Bad, really bad"

    I was a big fan, but this book is really terrible. I didn't laugh once. Very disappointing... and creepy too.

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    Ann rochester, NY, United States 03-06-11
    Ann rochester, NY, United States 03-06-11
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    "Not for the faint of heart..."

    I wanted to like this book, really I did. It was depressing to have David Sedaris project the most distasteful and cruel acts of humans onto animals, robbing each of them of their innate grace and integrity. The book is well written, clever, witty, imaginative, but not terribly funny, unless you really dislike the animal kingdom.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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