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Theft by Finding Audiobook

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

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Publisher's Summary

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: New York Times Book Review, New York's Vulture, Bustle, and BookRiot.

From best-selling author David Sedaris, for the first time in print: selections from the diaries that are the source of his remarkable autobiographical essays.

For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime fans only think they know. Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation's greatest comic geniuses.

©2017 David Sedaris (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Only David Sedaris should narrate books by David Sedaris. He's simply wonderful.... With his inimitable sweetly sarcastic delivery, he precisely records encounters with anti-gay thugs and gay perverts and recounts examples of the ignorant sexist, racist, and vicious comments he experiences. Everyone who listens to these diary entries, beginning in 1977 and going through 2002, will be satisfied, but waiting eagerly for more, narrated by Sedaris, of course." (AudioFile)

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    Courtney Johnson 08-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't even finish it"

    This book is HORRIBLE. I couldn't even make it into the 1990s and I had to stop listening. I have only quit one other boom in my life. This makes number two. I could care less how much chicken cost in NYC in the 90s!

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    A. Johnson New York, NY 08-06-17
    A. Johnson New York, NY 08-06-17 Member Since 2013
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    "It gets better"

    Roughly the second half of the diaries is when this goes from good to great: we meet more of the characters and experiences we have become familiar with, in new settings, or with expanded stories. His description of feeding his spiders is particularly funny, as are the stories around his book tours and signings. His experience of 9/11 is also very moving.

    Sedaris references his drug-taking years in his prologue and even with his edits, the period before his move to Chicago and particularly New York does move at a slow pace. It has many interesting moments, but you find yourself wanting him to stop wasting his life and get on with it. While he is to be commended for his candour I found many of these parts to be unusually unengaging and he is not always a terribly sympathetic figure. Thankfully for his many fans, he did.

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    Kathy M. 10-21-17
    Kathy M. 10-21-17
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    "Loved it! "

    If you love David Sedaris as much as I do this is absolutely not to be missed! Simply Stellar!

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    "Not as good as Engulfed in Flames"

    There is so much minutia in this one that I wished I had bought a different book, the only other book I have is Engulfed in Flames and that one is very funny!
    This one? Not so much.

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    Jyl 10-13-17
    Jyl 10-13-17
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    "He has done it again!"

    David may be the funniest human on earth. He making me lugh like Im 6 years old!

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    Amazon Customer 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "David Sedaris is my fav"

    I have come to expect to laugh out loud everytime I read a piece by David Sedaris. This did not disappoint. Theft by Finding was fun and clever. This collection of contemporaneous musings of Sedaris' journey had me laughing out loud while listening on a flight. Although my row mate was probably questioning my sanity, Theft left me with a smile on my face.

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    Anne Gallagher Santa Monica, CA United States 10-09-17
    Anne Gallagher Santa Monica, CA United States 10-09-17
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    "David Sedaris saves me."

    I have loved having this on in the background while I do other things, to get me out of my own head. Whether it's gardening, cleaning out an old room of stuff, or just doing errands about town, he is authentically, humanly, weird, smart and hysterical. Thank you, David Sedaris.

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    Kathryn Bommer 10-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So sorry, I hated this book. After 3 hours, done!"

    I have loved prior books by David Sedaris. I found this absolutely boring. After three hours of listening on a long drive, I had enough monotony. Sorry David, horrible.

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    Dixie Diva New York, NY United States 10-04-17
    Dixie Diva New York, NY United States 10-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "How can you dislike David Sedaris? "

    I mean, really. I think the whole family was born with funny in their Dna or something.

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    "Hags"

    I enjoyed the book but was surprised by how many time times Sedaris used the short hand phrases "a woman about 50" and "woman over fifty". For greater dismissive brevity why not just say hag? My other complaint isn't only about Sedaris but pretty much all the male readers on Audible. Their interpretation and performance of female voices is just plain creepy. I exaggerate for emphasis, but, imagine Wuthering Heights read by Milton Berle. Apart from the insults, I liked the book.

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