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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2014

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

©2013 David Sedaris (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Sedaris is the preeminent humorist of his generation." ( Entertainment Weekly)

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  • Bridgett
  • Midland, Texas, United States
  • 08-09-13

A must!

What did you love best about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

Everything. I loved how David Sedaris really brought his essays to life!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't have a favorite character. I enjoyed everyone, especially the essays about his dad.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the dog days essay, but I didn't really have a favorite.

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writer renews his contract

David Sedaris is my favorite chronicler of the life of David Sedaris. Another breezy excursion here… and i'm left wondering 'bout those who read the words off the page since having them in my ears here, the author so clearly speaks in his own voice - who'd have it any other way? We listen and then we're done. Hear you next time.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Bellevue, WA, United States
  • 08-04-13

Not his best

Enjoyable, but not as good as other Sedaris classics. Some of the essays are more, ummmm, shall we say "uncomfortable" than others, but laughs do exist.

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David...NOooooooooooo.......

Any additional comments?

David, you're fabulous.

Entertain me, make me look like a crazy lady on the train when my shoulders shake silently in laughter. Give me tears of joy and blurt with laughter. Transport me to wherever the story is. Man, I'm picking up rubbish on the side of the road, right there with you.

I Love you. I Love you, but I don't give one lick about your politics.

Please don't go there again, you're better than that. I'm gonna be here for you next time, but please don't do that again. David, I know it hurts to hear this, but I can't let you do this to yourself.

You have to stop now before it becomes a habit, and all your old friends leave, and you have to go out and find new friends. Jesesh David, do you want to end up on the sale table next to Al Franken? Do you? Because that's where you are headed if you don't stop this nonsense.

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Least favorite Sedaris book

This book includes some great essays. However, Sedaris has a pretentious and preachy attitude that was absent from other books he has written. I found the "etc" section to be almost uncomfortable. I am not saying that because I disagree with any of his ideals (I don't disagree, I strongly agree actually) but the condescending tone and annoyingly obvious sarcasm is not something I enjoy. There are some great essays and laughable moments but often I was left wondering who was I listening to and why. Not bad but a disappointing listen.

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  • Cate
  • BRONX, NY, United States
  • 07-31-13

Good on its own; no match for older Sedaris work.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I love David Sedaris. He's hilarious and brilliant. The experience of this book is what I would think of as Sedaris at a Tuesday dinner party vs the Saturday night of his best books. It's absolutely still worth the experience, just not the raucous, burst out laughing in public experience that originally made me recommend him to anyone and everyone.

The random musical selections in between stories were weird and pointless. Most of the stories are read in a studio, with an occasional chapter that is from a book tour, and that felt disjointed - not a bad performance by Sedaris, more like bad producing.

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  • brimah
  • Sherman Oaks, CA, United States
  • 07-15-13

Great until the fiction!

Where does Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As a Sedaris fan, I'm easy to please. All of his nonfiction essays (the first part of the book) were LOL funny, really engaging and entertaining. In the second half of the book he went into fictional essays, which were hit or miss.

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  • MG
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 07-07-13

Always entertaining

I love David Sedaris. I'd listen to him read anything, especially his own non-fiction. I don't enjoy the fiction as much, but appreciate his imagination.

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  • afar
  • oklahoma
  • 06-30-13

Wonderful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

I loved his essays written for people who have to memorize and then perform stories.

What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His tone of voice and expressions really make the stories come to life.

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Sedaris continues toward more serious commentary

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, a Sedaris fan or other socially liberal person will love this book. Sedaris uses his sharp wit to roast social conservatives in many essays (which is delicious!). Passive-agressive? Give this book to your conservative friends and family.Sedaris continues down a path toward more serious, darker work. Funny topics in earlier essays about drug addiction, death, etc. have led to rather sad and disturbing parables (i.e. "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk") and this most recent work continues on that path. Certainly, some essays are on the surface just plain funny, but there is a more serious undercurrent and depth that Sedaris had added to this collection.

Any additional comments?

It's great to listen to Sedaris read his own work. This book, like all of his work are personal essays which lean toward social commentary. Like "Me Talk Pretty One Day" focused on David's life in France, this book focuses on David's life in England and on the road. He's no longer an every-man: cleaning apartments, working construction, attending school, doing drugs, etc., and I think his new life as a successful writer may turn-away some fans. He remains, however, very much himself. Extremely entertaining, thoughtful, witty, and (despite his own opinion of himself) very likable.