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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls Audiobook

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

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Publisher's Summary

A guy walks into a bar.

From here, the story could take many turns. A guy walks into a bar and meets the love of his life. A guy walks into a bar and finds no one else is there. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humour and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.

In Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy. The common thread? Sedaris masterfully turns each episode into a love story: how it feels to be in a relationship where one loves and is loved over many years, what it means to be part of a family, and how it's possible, through all of life's absurdities, to accept oneself.

©2013 David Sedaris (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"A humorist par excellence, Sedaris can make Woody Allen appear ham-tongued, Oscar Wilde a drag" (Observer)

"The world's finest comic writer" (Independent)

"David Sedaris is a man who could capture your heart and lift your spirits while reading out the ingredients of a rice cake" (Observer)

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    Michael 06-14-15
    Michael 06-14-15
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    "Great app"

    Great app, has everything you might need : sleep timer, free trials, und so weiter . Try it soon, try it now.

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    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 09-20-13
    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 09-20-13

    Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.

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    "Not a fan I’m afraid"

    I was totally unfamiliar with Sedaris’ back catalogue when I started this audiobook. From my subsequent research, it seems the author has a distinctive and predictable style; essentially a series of semi-related, extremely personal, based-on-a-true-story essays strung together like mismatching baubles on an eclectic necklace. And what a bizarre and conflicting little necklace this book turns out to be.

    Some of the chapters are true jewels --- preciously hilarious, wonderfully observed and dryly told pieces of satire. This is especially true of the chapters recorded at live book-readings with an audience. But the worst chapters are rotten --- like sodden, red Froot Loops masquerading as rubies.

    After the first chapter, I was a “David Sedaris Convert”. I was ready to purchase every book he’d ever written, and I’d already decided Diabetes was clearly going to be a five-star listen. Although he peaked way too early, there were some genuinely funny moments speckled throughout. But there was just too much self-involved, self-righteous, self-pity to keep me interested.

    There are definite shades of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” here (a series I adore by the way). While Larry David knows how to flirt perfectly with controversy, I’m afraid I can’t say the same for David Sedaris. Maybe he’s the kind of “character” who grows on you --- in which case I humbly suggest first-timers like me start with some of his earlier works and progress to Diabetes.

    Oh, and by the way. I’m Australian and “kookaburra” is pronounced with a “cook” (like the chef), not a “kook” (like the eccentric neighbor). A small thing, but…

    I’ll end on one positive note. The narration by the author is fantastic. More than a few times, some very average jokes were elevated beyond their station by Sedaris’ dry and knowing delivery. For fans of the hardcopy version (yes, I do realize many people love this book), the audio version would be a sound investment.

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    Matt United Kingdom 06-07-13
    Matt United Kingdom 06-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining"
    What did you love best about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    This was my first Sedaris book and I will definitely read more as a result. Very entertaining.


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  • J Jackson Skeats
    9/9/16
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    "Delightfully funny and Endearing"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls the most enjoyable?

    The fact that the writer is reading his own stories definitely adds some extra enjoyment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it. It's witty, heartfelt and slightly mean in places. Just how I like people the best.


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

    Erm him! I think he's the best character, but his parents and his sisters sound awesome too.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh all the way.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • polly
    7/9/16
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    "Completely brilliant"

    Oh, life would be poorer without the wonderful David Sedaris. He reads and writes SO well and brightens every day

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • heraldicrose
    2/20/16
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    "David as always Brilliant"

    David let's you into some of his life with an easy comedic narrative that is easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. C. Kemp
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    "Could listen all day"

    First for into him from Radio 4 and since then couldn't imagine how I could read his books, as his voice, tone, timing and character are so key. Loving the audio books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reluctant Mermaid
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    9/21/14
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    "WONDERFUL"
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    A strange little man with a great big talent to observe human nature - and he is not afraid to turn the most critical eye on himself. Love him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Giovanna
    Varberg, Sweden
    8/13/14
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    "Funny but sometimes too "politically incorrect""
    Where does Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would not be able to compare this book with a novel. But I can say that, among the satire books, it rank 3rd.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is funny and entertaining. Some times though it goes into topics which might touch someone's sensitivity.


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    He is not the greatest reader but he reads with passion.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • W
    7/7/14
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    "Sedaris at his best"
    If you could sum up Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent incisive humour


    What did you like best about this story?

    As always, Sedaris' spin on everyday life is uniquely engaging and full of wit. His use of pathos to highlight the humour serves to remind one that real life does have it's ups and downs


    What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His unique voice and characterizations bring to life the characters he has observed


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

    Absolutely..... but I restrict myself to listening to a single chapter and the end of each day as a treat.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like intelligent well structured comedy then this book delivers in spades.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solveig Sakariassen
    9/1/16
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    "Funny"

    You have to pay attention to get all the subtile points. Interesting and clever. Funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly Bonwick
    6/11/16
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    "Very American Humour"
    If you could sum up Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls in three words, what would they be?

    Sarcasm, acquired taste


    What did you like best about this story?

    The cover...!


    What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He portrays the jokes better than you'd read them.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The humorous title


    Any additional comments?

    My first book of this nature, I thought I'd try my hand at some american comedy but it wasn't for me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
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    6/8/16
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    "Laughed three times ....."

    .... as far as I can recall. These short memoirs (though I suspect some are greatly modified to make them more interesting) are amusing rather than funny.

    But then humour is in the mind of the beholder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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