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Publisher's Summary

Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck", three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty", a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk", a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.

Once again David Sedaris shows us the most outrageous, tender, absurd sides of ourselves in his "profoundly funny, well-crafted stories that somehow, magically, bring home a major point about fidelity or guilt or love...." (Christian Science Monitor).

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2010 David Sedaris (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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Tedious Beyond Belief

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I love David Sedaris' books, every one of them. LOVE them. But this? Just dreadful, pointless, and so tiresome to have to listen to.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Sedaris again?

Yes.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk?

I'd have cut the entire thing. It's an experiment, I guess, but it's just boring.

Any additional comments?

Avoid like the plague.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful

This is the funniest book I've read in a long time. The voice actors are outstanding. Elaine Stritch in particular. I can't recommend it enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Somone
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 11-21-10

A Must Listen

I've been a Sedaris fan for a number of years now and am so pleased with his latest work. Not only was I laughing out loud but my husband, who typically HATES audiobooks in general, asked to listen to it again and again. Worth more than one credit :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Robin
  • Amelia, OH, United States
  • 10-15-10

Laughed out loud

I had a rack of shirts to iron. I downloaded this book and set up the ironing board. I was laughing out loud, while ironing away. I love David Sedaris and the voices on this audiobook are perfect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Darren
  • New Milford, NJ, United States
  • 10-12-10

Worst Sedaris Book Ever

I've read all his books, seen him live, and even chatted with Mr. Sedaris for a few minutes in a theater lobby. I am a fan of his. This audio book was terrible. The stories were all predictable, book was short, and the narrators other than Mr. Sedaris weren't great. What makes his audiobooks fun is hios reading of them.

I want my credit back.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Bleak bitter and cruel

This is the last book I'll buy by DS. I couldn't finish it.
The last story I listened to portrayed a pathetic bear being cruelly tortured as a comeuppance.
It utterly lacked any humanity or warmth. Just the harshest ironies.
Ultimately very dark.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Javier
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 10-07-10

I was shocked not to hear Sedaris read his book

I was dismayed to find out this book is not read by David Sedaris. Hearing someone else read one of his books is a sacrilege.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Phyllis
  • Plymouth, MA, United States
  • 10-30-10

Love animals, hated this book

I found this book disappointing, crude, and not at all funny. Couldn't really relate any of the stories to real situations, but maybe that's just me. This is not at all what I expected and should have paid more attention to the negative reviews. I'm a long time listener of books from Audible, but this one was truly awful. This book has recieved a lot of attention in the press but because of the author not the story. Too bad.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Teresa
  • Okemos, MI, United States
  • 10-24-10

Disappointed

David Sedaris is a wonderful comic and author. His stories of fiction are, in my opinion, his weakest work. The only way he can carry them is to narrate himself since he has a wonderful sense of comic timing. In this book, the stories don't stand up when narrated by anyone but the author. And, sadly, they're not that strong when he narrates. We love you, David, but more real life please.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not the David Sedaris you know

Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or the narrators?

I have listened to numerous David Sedaris books and enjoyed every one.

What could David Sedaris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The stories are bland. Or mean. Or pointless.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrators are a disappointment. Too "charactery" and not the soft, witty voice of Sedaris himself.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk?

I would have send Sedaris back to his computer for a complete reimagining.

Any additional comments?

Skip it.