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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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    Marit Fargo, ND, USA 05-22-06
    Marit Fargo, ND, USA 05-22-06
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    "A Wonderful Listen"

    His writing is hilarious, but to get the full effect of David Sedaris you must listen to him read his work!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kao Maplewood, MN, USA 05-18-06
    Kao Maplewood, MN, USA 05-18-06
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    "He talked hilarious this day."

    Honestly, this guy had a funny funny life. My favorites are the readings in front of a live crowd, you can tell the crowd is thinking the same thing. Please give me more live recordings!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bea 10-23-04
    Bea 10-23-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Amusing, not hilarious"

    I didn't find this book as funny as many of your other reviewers; especially the section about his life as a heavy drug user.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    01-27-04
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    "Heart-achingly funny"

    I heard from friends that the book was hilarious, so I decided to purchase it on Audible. It's even better than the book, I dare guess, as the narrator's voice is the author himself. His delivery is perfect and his writing is witty. Don't miss this one!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Taylor Las Vegas, NV, USA 01-02-04
    A. Taylor Las Vegas, NV, USA 01-02-04
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    "Totally great book!"

    I was looking around for a neat book and everyone was buying this one...must be good. No, it was great. There is just something about the way he reads it. He writes alot how I think and it really inspired me to write a book. That book has now turned into a independent-type film I'm working on. A great author inspires others...thank you David.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David 08-09-03
    David 08-09-03
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    "Me Talk Pretty One Day"

    Sedaris writes well and the dead pan delivery is perfect. But the stories of a gay boy growing into manhood are filled with pain. The author has developed the ability to present them in a humorous way, but that does not take away the pain. After a while you stop laughing and just feel the anguish the author must have felt. The value of this book depends on what you're looking for. If you just want to laugh without the pain, the bizarre and the scatological, I would try to find a different book.

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Zionsville, IN, USA 07-09-03
    Ed Zionsville, IN, USA 07-09-03 Member Since 2016
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    one laugh in the first 25 pages. I'd like my money back. Too dark

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Katrine 11-19-15
    Katrine 11-19-15
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    "Humor and laughter"

    I listen to audiobooks egen I am running and this book killed me! Sometimes I had to stop, I could not catch my breath because the book made me laugh! I really enjoyed it, easy listening with a fantastic performance from the author himself. Everyday essays with a humoristic twist!

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    KiwiBee 09-13-15
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    "Very funny, read his book Naked first."

    Read his book Naked first it this is your first David Sedaris book, it gives the stories a little more background.

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    Kathy A. Kukura 08-02-15
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    "Great book!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story! I currently live in Germany so I understand, and can relate to, learning another language and being an Ex-Pat.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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