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Me Talk Pretty One Day Audiobook

Me Talk Pretty One Day

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Publisher's Summary

David Sedaris' new collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes ("There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch") and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist ("The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever") to "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris' career leads him to New York City and eventually, of all places, France. His move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a "spooky man-child" capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter.

©2000 by David Sedaris, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 by Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

"At his best, he makes you laugh out loud, which indeed may be worth the price of admission." (The New York Times)

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    Jeremy fpo AP, CA, USA 06-17-03
    Jeremy fpo AP, CA, USA 06-17-03
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    "a benchmark selection"

    A heart rendingly honest and poignantly delivered collection of autobiographic essays. Here is revealed the story of a wonderfully jaded, neurotic and self effacing eletist whose complex inner and family life provide ample fodder for comedy without smacking of exhibitionist voyerism. All the same, typically sobering subject matter is masterfully orchestrated into uproarously hillarious and irreverent fare. This gets a 5/5 not only for the dissarming humor but also for literary merit on par with the best in genre. If Catch 22-like humor gets you ticklish, a listen to Me Talk Pretty One Day will get you crying uncle.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Levi Reston, VA, USA 05-28-03
    Levi Reston, VA, USA 05-28-03 Member Since 2017
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    "Extremely funny"

    Not much to add to the reviews already given, but I will say that I found the funniest parts to be those revolving around Sidaris's attempt to learn French and meld in with French culture. This is a big interest of mine (not French, but just cultural and linguistic differences), so it was especially funny. Other stories were also good, but to me there was nothing funnier than Sidaris speaking mock-French (basically really grammatically bad English to illustrate how basic and bad a speaker he was). I'm a pretty quiet person but was unable to contain myself on the metro hearing a lot of this despite people being within inches of me!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D.P. 05-22-03
    D.P. 05-22-03 Member Since 2016
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    "funny and insightful"

    This collection of essays keeps you laughing. The main purpose seems to be humor, but the essays also offer insight into some serious topics. Overall a good listen. My only complaint would be that I wanted more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Drew San Diego, CA, USA 05-17-03
    Drew San Diego, CA, USA 05-17-03
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    "Make him th-top!"

    We have listened to this book so many times! Between David's voice, speech and stories; we look forward to always hearing him again. Kind of like Grandpa re-telling family history; except with a twist!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Woody 04-29-03
    Woody 04-29-03
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    "Hysterically funny!"

    This book was a real hoot! The content was very funny, but the delivery was absolutely hysterical. I just wish you had more Sedaris books!

    This was one of the first Audible books I bought almost 2 years ago and I keep entering Sedaris into the Audible search engine every month or so, hoping you will get more. (And I almost always listen to mysteries, not comedy.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liz San Francisco, CA, USA 03-28-03
    Liz San Francisco, CA, USA 03-28-03 Member Since 2012
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    "A good break from listening to the news"

    These stories are best read aloud by the author. I would warn against listening to this while driving. I never knew when I was going to be incapacitated by fits of laughter. Sedaris has a way of making the mundane absurd, of looking holding a mirror up to himself and interpreting what he sees. Peeking at his life makes it easier for me to take myself less seriously.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Technomancer07 USA 03-01-03
    Technomancer07 USA 03-01-03 Member Since 2001

    Many interests that link to audio books. Interests in technology, SciFi, Paranormal (as well as regular) romance, self-help, and action.

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    "Beware the Comedy lable"

    I am not a professional book reviewer. I can only give you my opinion on this book. I am average and ordinary human being. I was a bit irritated with this book. I find humor in almost anything. I laugh at everything from todays sitcoms to Monty Python to Kids in the Hall. With that said. I did not see the humor in this book. The book is just an autobiographical jumble of stories about a gay young man from the south. While it has it's good qualities. It showed how pathetic, unhappy and angry David was growing up. It showed his vulnerability and his pain. What it didn't do for me was make me laugh.

    16 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Savannah, GA, USA 09-27-07
    Jamie Savannah, GA, USA 09-27-07
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    "Awful I am in the bottom 2%"

    I read review after review and maybe I am not much of a satyrist but this was so boring! He is not funny at all...I would first urge and beg you to listen to Audible's free sample because this was a real waste. Sorry.

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    Erin Kirkland, WA, United States 09-18-04
    Erin Kirkland, WA, United States 09-18-04
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    "Very disappointing"

    I purchased this book at the recommendation of a friend. I was sorely disappointed. The stand-up clips were fabulous, but the story line was disjointed and abrasive. I'd look elsewhere.

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    Michael Del Mar, CA, USA 08-15-04
    Michael Del Mar, CA, USA 08-15-04
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    "Just don't get it"

    Not sure what the attraction to David Sedaris is. This was my first exposure to him and I was not impressed at all. At most times in my morning commute I wanted to turn this book off and go back to Am radio sports talk. I found this book very hard to get through and finished it just for the sake of it. I wanted to give him every chance to grab my attention. It never happened. Don't waste your time or money on this one.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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