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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Dr.
  • 09-08-15

Loved it

I'll definitely listen to more David Sedaris. It was funny, thoughtful, and beautifully put together/directed. I loved the bits of music between essays.

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  • Mr. Cormac Hanly
  • 07-20-15

Such a clever look at life

If you could sum up Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls in three words, what would they be?

Funny, Honest, Enjoyable

What other book might you compare Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to, and why?

This is the first short story book I've read and I loved it. I'm afraid I can't compare

Have you listened to any of David Sedaris’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first and I have more of Davids work on my wishlist

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

Life by David

Any additional comments?

Great book

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  • Stewart Webb
  • 06-18-15

A Unique Tallent


If you have never heard of David before you are in for a treat. This and all his collections are short essays and out there observations. Give yourself a treat and buy this you won't be disappointed. Well worth a listen,

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  • Eve Louise Storey
  • 05-17-15

Tears.

I have listened to this so many times. absolutely fantastic. I've found myself crying with laughter on many occasion.

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  • c
  • 12-15-13

A odd and dull read

I read this book with a open mind but found it of little entertainment. The dry humour is just not there and I'm not sure why I persisted to the end.

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  • James
  • 05-10-13

Self-congratulatory, dull, waffle…..

I’ll admit, once I’d recovered from the initial tedium of his voice the first couple of stories weren’t that bad…… but then it just goes on and on and on and on. I gave up after an hour (yes, I think it was an hour) of Sedaris imagining himself as a white conservative on a gun crime mission due to hearing that gay marriage was legal, which was about as funny as errrr… a white conservative on a gun crime mission due to hearing that gay marriage was legal.
If you want an audiobook equivalent to being stuck on a 7 hour flight next to an aging, bleating, lamenting, smug American who thinks he has a ticket to talk to you because he understands anti Americanism and is desperate to tell you about his ‘hilarious’ life… buy this audiobook, but be advised, you may be tempted to strangle yourself with your headphones in an attempt to end the journey.

7 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • PurpleVelvetElf
  • 05-29-13

A bit mixed

I bought this because I had heard bits of the David Sedaris sessions on Radio 4, but it was a little bit mixed. Some parts were funny, some poignant, some nicely quirky, but others were a little bit plain. Glad I used a credit and didn't purchase for full price.

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  • Huston
  • 05-06-14

Unfunniest comedian(?) ever

What disappointed you about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

I downloaded this book to listen to on long weekend runs and I barely manage to prefer it to silence... just to let you calibrate what I DO find funny: Steven Wright, Seinfeld, Louis CK, George Carlin, Dave Chappelle. What I don't find funny: Woody Allen, Al Murray, Michael Mcintyre

What was most disappointing about David Sedaris’s story?

This is a book with a joke every two hours. The rest of it is mundane and superficial observations on reality. The author admits to writing up daily what he experienced. That he manages to only describe such plain histories is beyond my understanding. More exciting stuff happens to a network administrator or a four year old child.I have a feeling it may appeal to upper middle class people to whom nothing remotely interesting ever happened, who never had to ponder on the non upper middle class reality and who enjoy simply retelling verbatim what happened to them without any sort of broader picture or abstraction just to hear their own voice.He mentions in his book that his audience at the readings are teenagers. Teenagers, really? People with internet and 4chan and youtube and reddit?!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His delivery is tiresome and plain and so... so... flat. It's as if his antidepressants run out months ago and the only reason he keeps on going is for self-affirmation.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's quite short.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy this book for comedy. Buy it if nothing of any interest ever happened to you and actual reality is too overwhelming so you need a gentle primer.

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