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Barrel Fever and Other Stories

Narrated by: David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris
Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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In David Sedaris' world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris' collection of essays is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; a bitter Santa abuses the elves.

David Sedaris made his debut on NPR's Morning Edition with "SantaLand Diaries", recounting his strange-but-true experiences as an elf at Macy's, and soon became one of the show's most popular commentators. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behaviour. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen.

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Critic Reviews

"Extremely, relentlessly funny." (Booklist)
"David and Amy Sedaris have a deadpan delivery as ironic as the words they read. The two of them create a nuclear barrage of humor you could never replicate by reading this material on your own." (The Boston Globe)

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Strange, bittersweet, funny.

Cute, funny/strange in many bits. A quick read! I'll definitely be reading more of Sedaris' books.

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Hilarious

Would you consider the audio edition of Barrel Fever and Other Stories to be better than the print version?

I prefer the audio book- sedaris' comic timing adds even further to the humor.

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Great audio book