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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course!) with a quadriplegic companion. Through it all is Sedaris's unmistakable voice, without a doubt one of the freshest in American writing.
©1997 David Sedaris; (P)1998, 2001 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"Sidesplitting." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Genuinely funny, at times hilarious....Makes for a smashing use of audio as a unique entertainment medium....Highly likable and spirited throughout...makes a case for audio as its own special form." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sedaris is a gifted satirist with an uncanny knack for re-creating dialogue and revealing fantasies....Brutally honest and brilliantly eloquent, Sedaris is positively tonic." (Booklist)

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Master Story Teller

I love David Sedaris's writing. His humor in this book can be a bit dark, but life can be dark and David's depiction of it is a blessing. His eloquent word choice is intellectually pleasing and delightfully funny.

Amy's contribution to the reading is hilarious and awesome. I recommend this book to people who enjoy intelligent humor and who have ever felt out of place in their surroundings.

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More heartbreaking than funny.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was worried about having someone else narrating along with David Sedaris. I felt like I was waiting for Amy to "do her part" but I quickly forgot to wait and just enjoyed. I always want more. I wish it could have been longer. It is amazing how nicely and consistently Mr. Sedaris' stories resolve. I heart him.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Again, it could have been longer.

Have you listened to any of David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I have all Mr. Sedaris' audible books. He is a really dynamic narrator. Amy added even more enjoyment after I got used to an additional narrator (of his material) (typically I love more than one narrator).

Do you think Naked needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really.

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Wish it was unabridged.

David and Amy Sedaris did a great job. It was too short. I wish it was unabridged.

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Crazy ass family

His life and his family life were described perfectly and it was scary how similar their lives were to mine. I loved his brutal descriptions.

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I love David Sedaris

As usual, this story was hilarious! And also as usual, his reading made it even better!

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Not my favorite but still worth the listen

I enjoyed his writing very much in this book with very intimate, personal stories still told with a great balance of wit and feeling. Sorry, but I HATED the addition of Amy Sedaris's voice in the narration. It snapped me out of the zone I was in with David and made the stories seem less authentic somehow. Like being engrossed in a play until all of sudden the actress's wig falls off.

In any case, it's still worth the (unfortunately abridged) time to listen to the book.

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What is the story?

While written and presented well, this book suffers from the fact that there is no plot or storyline. You get to the end and wonder what was the point?

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  • Becky
  • Mackinaw, IL, United States
  • 05-20-15

Part funny and part terrible

There were parts of this book that had me laughing out loud at the grocery store. Others that had me scratching my head in confusion at the disjointed timeline, story, or point he was trying to make.

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Just Ok

I found this to be mildly entertaining but not nearly as funny as Me Talk Pretty One Day. Consistently found myself laughing out loud when listening to that book. This one just gave me an occasional chuckle.

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Sedaris brings his story to life.

Wonderful to hear the book as it was meant to be read-by David and Amy. A compelling, laugh out loud reading. Impossible to pause.