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Editorial Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: There is no funnier way to soak in David Sedaris' humor than through his own voice. This stand-up show encompasses the best tales from his many book collections, and, told in David's hilariously deadpan whine, this is the essential Sedaris, for old fans or newbies alike. — Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

If you are driving, pull over. If you are at work, close your door, unless you don't mind your colleagues seeing you doubled over, in tears, on your office floor. With this recording, taped before a delirious sold out audience at Carnegie Hall, you are there as David Sedaris performs new stories from his upcoming book. A parrot who mimics an ice maker, lovers quarreling over a rubber hand, and a Santa Claus who moonlights from his job as bishop of Turkey, the cast of characters in these stories is like no other. This new work will appeal to David's loyal fans as well as admirers of the classic comedy albums of George Carlin, Bill Cosby, and Steve Martin.

Recorded live on October 22, 2002, in New York City.

©2003 David Sedaris (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Winner, Humor, 2004

"Sedaris's material (Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day) is never funnier than when he's reading it himself." (AudioFile) "David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall is a rollicking comedic masterpiece...this recording will deservedly take its rightful place among the best comedy albums of our time." ( "As uproarious as Sedaris is on the page, he's even funnier reading his wickedly jaundiced reflections. With brilliant deadpan timing, Sedaris is a charm." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Richard
  • Lexington, KY, USA
  • 01-01-05

Material that exists on other books.

I'm a huge David Sedaris fan, and enjoyed the other two audio books on Audible by the same. However, this live performance is to be skipped, as it has material from the other two books on it. The only difference is that on this version, you get to hear audience reaction, which is fun. Still, I wish I'd saved my money for when audible posts Naked or another Sedaris book.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Rick
  • Urcuquí, Ecuador
  • 06-27-12

Just Like Being There

The thing about a David Sedaris reading, even at Carnegie Hall, is that he stands behind a podium and reads. It's not a physical performance, per se, so listening to the recording is about as good as the experience of being there. And that is very good indeed. Sedaris delivers a largely deadpan reading of hilarious and insightful material, from true family stories to wild fantasies. Audiences are in stitches from start to finish, and you will be, too. Although it's difficult to choose, this is some of his very best work.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Spooner, WI, USA
  • 03-31-04

An absolute pick-me-up

This was one of the the funniest audio books I've ever heard, another one being Sedaris' "Me Talk Pretty One Day." This one is quite short, but I'll keep it just to play again for friends. Having just finished a book of a weightier subject matter, this was a great break. It was nice to be smiling when I got to work.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • Fillmore, CA, United States
  • 10-04-08

Don't drive while listening to this book

There were times we were laughing so hard that we couldn't breathe or see. Watch your driving.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Bern, N/A, Switzerland
  • 02-03-05

Witty, smart & very well read !

My Swiss sence of humour differs sometimes quite a bit from the American one, but that humour is simply brillant! This Live Carnegy Hall recording is so real and therefor funny to listen to. The live audience reacts spontanous and naturally to the reading while David Sedaris pronounces his text as good as only a reader & author can. I heard parts of his longer audio books. They might be longer and less expensive but this one is not only witty and smart but also a show experience. Two Swiss thumps up ! !

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Hysterical

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time...and just from listening to a guy read from his books! The author's deadpan delivery really makes his stories work. Very entertaining!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy
  • New York City, NY, USA
  • 04-25-04

laughed out loud!

Be careful if you're driving or have to function at all
this man is very funny! But wished it was longer.
For a first time David Sedaris book I suggest
Me Talk Pretty One Day first.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • Barbourville, KY, USA
  • 11-05-03

Too little for too much

I'll wait for his next full-length audio book, thanks. More than just about any writer you can name, David Sedaris really needs to be heard. But not at this price.

59 of 77 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • Mukilteo, WA, USA
  • 11-28-04


Laugh-out-loud stories. One of my favorite downloads ever.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharee
  • Barbourville, KY, USA
  • 11-08-03

Not helpful?!

Two of four users thought it not helpful for a reviewer to point out that this program is less than ninety minutes long--and at a cost of over ten dollars. On the other hand, I found that reminder VERY helpful.

42 of 58 people found this review helpful