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Editorial Reviews

Sedaris proves that family memoir humor doesn't have to have a lowest-common-denominator appeal. The frustrating thing is you don't know whether to laugh with him or cry for him. Either way, it's a scream. His work reveals an extremely sharp mind and prodigious, penetrating insight.

Here, he's live at Carnegie Hall and just when his modest voice seems to get swallowed up in the environment, he delivers a punch line with such precision and clarity that the audience can't help but fall hard for him.. It's clear Sedaris writes and speaks as much for his own amusement as for ours, and that makes him even more likeable as a performer. Very funny stuff from a very funny, contemporary humorist whose pathetic tales have inspired a very delightful Audible Select.

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 quarrelling 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 US

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Winner, Humor, 2004

" Sedaris' 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." (AudiobooksTODAY.com)
"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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Laugh. Out. Loud. And then wipe the tears away...

Yes, it's that good. Perhaps not to everyone's taste, but I have indeed acquired a taste for Mr Sedaris' readings. Got this title as a sample track when I first downloaded the Audible app some years ago on my first Android phone... Had me hook, line and sinker. Went on to purchase the entire audio book.

David is at his best when he is reading to a live audience, and the stories feel at their best when the audience truly truly gets him (in other titles you can sense the subtle beauty in his poignant humour fly right over some of the audience memebers' heads... But not this one). This reading at Carnegie Hall sounded like a pleasure for David to perform, and a pleasure for the audience themselves to be there... The best kind. And it translates well while listening in your living room/bed room/commute/gym, just as well.

If you're a new Sedaris fan... Start here.

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  • Pixie720
  • 03-22-17

I love David Sedans

Just listen, you will love him. I have a big man crush on David you will see why!

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  • Mrs
  • 12-30-16

Excellent show!

What made the experience of listening to David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall the most enjoyable?

The talent of the reader in his telling of his written stories. Laugh out loud.

Who was your favorite character and why?

David Sedaris tells stories mainly about his own life and experiences with his family.

Which character – as performed by David Sedaris – was your favourite?

Stories are all very funny. The question and answer section at the end is funny and interesting too.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I listened in all one sitting. It's not very long but couldnt put it off too funny.

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable. If you want to smile...buy this.

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  • minnie mouse
  • 08-10-15

fantastic

first heard David on Radio 4 and found him so funny I am now a true fan.
😄

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  • Kevin Viney
  • 07-28-15

So funny, so well observed

David Sedaris is just a wonder to discover.
Funny, intelligent and thought provoking.
This is not the the very best of Sedaris but officionados will still appreciate it.