©2009 David Sedaris; (P)2009 Hachette
I was left with an extra credit and used it on this short collection of stories by Sedaris -- I laughed all the way through and my only complaint was that I wish it hadn't ended so soon.
Sedaris is one of the most intelligent and sly humorists out there, and is best appreciated when he's reading his own material.
I love David Sedaris, I have several of his books and I love his wry, dry sense of humor. I always enjoy hearing him read and I think, in this case, he seemed to be enjoying himself. I thought it was too short and not really price appropriate. But I laughed and enjoyed what was there.
Ahhhhh, it feels so good to laugh that much. I loved it. His live readings are always so special, and that's what all of these are. I just wish it were about 10 times longer !!!! Such a tease you are, David. Be assured he has many other books, every one of which are great. He would be a cool friend to have....always laughing.
I honestly write these reviews in a spirit of sharing and helpfulness. I have no idea why I always end up sounding so snotty...
You'd have to be a HUGE David Sedaris fan to be happy with this purchase.
But wait a minute - that's wrong. Being a HUGE David Sedaris fan is what made me hate this purchase. Because I've already heard/read everything in it on This American Life or in the New Yorker. And I've listened to his great stuff often enough to know that this is all very much his B game.
So only buy this if you don't like David Sedaris at all.
Or wait til Audible comes to its senses and sells it for $4.95. It has a pleasure content similar to that of a Mocha Grande so I think that price is fair.
But 14 bucks is just stupid.
This feels rushed out in time for Christmas. The five stories aren't very long especially considering one of them is just random snippets from his diary. I wished the publisher had waited unitl he had a whole book. That said, listening to Sedaris live adds a lot to the stories.
Makes me smile.
Just about all of it.
On par with other perfrormances.
Please keep the stories coming Mr. Sedaris.
Picked this up tentatively since it had some negative reviews, but it had me cracking up in the car and giggling in the super market...
David Sedaris at his best! I laughed all the way through this hour plus talk. I just love how his mind works. He has perfect timing, he lets the audience laugh and catch up to his next funny line.
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