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  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,482

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Start with this One

  • By Elvie on 04-28-16

Brilliant, hilarious

5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-12

Where does When You Are Engulfed in Flames rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the very top.

What other book might you compare When You Are Engulfed in Flames to and why?

Well, I can't say. I don't listen to much humor.

Which character – as performed by David Sedaris – was your favorite?

All of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book moved me. It was so funny, so tragic, so true to life. I like to listen to books as I jog. But this book was so hilarious that I kept having to stop running because I was doubled over with laughter again and again.

  • Swamplandia!

  • By: Karen Russell
  • Narrated by: Arielle Sitrick, David Ackroyd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 521

The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly number-one in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes Brilliant, Sometimes Disappointing

  • By Suzn F on 02-05-11


1 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-12

What would have made Swamplandia! better?

The you woman who narrates this book is just a terrible reader. I feel like I'm listening to a high school student who has no idea how to read out loud. The narration is so amateurish that I can't say if the novel has any merit or not. Very disappointed.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Train dreams

Would you be willing to try another one of Arielle Sitrick and David Ackroyd ’s performances?

Absolutely not

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Please make sure professionals are narrating these books. It's a waste of money to buy a book that is so poorly performed.

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