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When You Are Engulfed in Flames Audiobook

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

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Publisher's Summary

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.

From armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds, to the awkwardness of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a sleeping fellow passenger on a plane, David Sedaris uses life's most bizarre moments to reach new heights in understanding love and fear, family and strangers.

Culminating in a brilliantly funny account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris' sixth essay collection has been avidly anticipated.

©2008 David Sedaris; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

2008 Grammy Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album

"Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris...defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This latest collection proves that not only does Sedaris still have it, but he's also getting better....Sedaris's best stuff will still - after all this time - move, surprise, and entertain." (Booklist)

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    Amy Crossfield 04-27-15

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    "Beyond hilarious!"

    I have copies of all of David Sedaris's books, but listening to him narrate, is worth every penny of buying the audio version. I not only laugh out loud multiple times during each chapter, but always learn a lot when reading/listening to him.

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    Deborah Quincy, MA, United States 04-17-15
    Deborah Quincy, MA, United States 04-17-15
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    "Loved hearing David express himself live!"

    Sedaris is a raconteur that tells his story with irony and wit.
    Listened to this again and again. Loved it.

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    Lindsay 04-17-15
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    "Hilarious!"

    This was my first book by David Sedaris and I totally understand why people live him. It was funny and sad and thought provoking, but mostly just funny. He's a great essayist and a great performer.

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    pinapplefruitpunch 04-12-15
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    "Can "patricide" ever be funny?"

    Here, sure! Matricide too. Only David Sedaris could turn such a morbid topic into a laugh-out-loud punch line.

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    Marsha 04-07-15
    Marsha 04-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Depressingly funny."

    Enjoyed it, Much darker than his other books, the very worst in humanity could be so funny.

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    Aseehorn228 04-07-15
    Aseehorn228 04-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome storytelling. "

    David Sedaris tells a story like no one else can. I laugh every time I read or listen. I could listen to this audiobook over and over, and it would never get old. the portrayals of his family members are so real and so genuine. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a funny bone!

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    Elonna B 04-05-15
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    "Eh"

    The stores were interesting and he does have an interesting humor, but I could only handle the whining of an old man for so long without wanting to commit seppuku.

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    Virginia Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-18-15
    Virginia Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-18-15
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    "Even better than expected"

    Funny? Of course. But a bit wise too -that was a surprise. Wonderful in any format but especially great as an audiobook.

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    Laura 03-07-15
    Laura 03-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "David sedaris is my hero"

    Loved the book! David sedaris is very funny. It was entertaining from beginning to end. It is sunny out side

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    Thomas Aaron Vansant 02-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It's a private comedy show on your phone"

    This audiobook really brought a smile to my face. Hearing Sedaris tell it in his own dry way really adds to it (my own inner reader is so animated, it's a totally different experience). I also LOVED the chapters that were him reading in front of a live audience. It was like the show came to me!

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