• Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

  • A Wicked Bestiary
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (1,740 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This collection of sharply observed animal-themed tales is a delight, told with David Sedaris's trademark blend of hilarity and goodnaturedness. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of our own everyday interactions.

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.

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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    2 out of 5 stars

Narration Matters

Most of this book is not narrated by David Sedaris, obviously, and this proves to be a huge mistake. I have heard the first story in this book narrated by both David Sedaris and the person who narrates it in this book, in the first case it was very funny but in the second you are left asking yourself what was the bigger waste of time - recording that story or listening to it. Narration matters and David Sedaris is one of the best there is and it just boggles the mind that he did not narrate this entire book.

45 people found this helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

I almost wet myself laughing, but then.....

Several, maybe most, of these short stories are very very funny and so witty using the animal characters as people we all know. The first story with the animal hairdresser and her client left me in doubled over, and then others with Sedaris' wit and commentary on all of us humans, oh my! And really.... the twist with the gerbil, just was almost too too funny, this alone worth the credit (although yes hard to swallow, the book was so short).
Sadly, the few short stories that left me feeling cold and uninterested, unfortunately shadowed over the rest. I wanted to give more stars, at least a 3.5, but here is where I must sit.

19 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Thanks, David

I am loving this book. To those who were disappointed that David Sedaris did not narrate every story, shame on you. The narrators are perfect for the stories and, just like when you read David Sedaris in print, his voice in his writing is palpable; you hear him even when he is not speaking. Dark? Well, yes! His humor is often dark and his comments on the human condition are stark and real. That's David. I have completely enjoyed every story.

18 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome

I love the stories and ALL the performers are amazing. It's dark, absurb, funny, ironic and an incredible insight into human behavior - via woodland critters, of course.

17 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Aesop Revisted

Purchase only, if you have a sense of humor. My view - What a delight! You have done it again Mr. Sedaris. I laughed out loud at many of the chapters. The narrators especially Ms. Stritch were on target. If you relish David Sedaris' right on commentary about human foibles, buy and enjoy. I hated to have it end.

14 people found this helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Depressing

A brutal look at the dark side of human nature. Never funny, very painful. A depressing book.

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    1 out of 5 stars

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.

12 people found this helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Very Dark

I like David Sedaris, but this book was just way too sad. I felt like I was kicked in the stomach after every story. I love dark humor, but didn't find anything funny about the souless characters with no moral center in this book.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable Book

I loved this audio book!! The animals are much like the people we all know, love and dislike. Some are loving, others too gullible for their own good, and a few are outright greedy. This is not a 'happily ever after' group of stories, and neither is day to day life. There is a lots for us to laugh about however, and like life, if we did not have serious times, how would we appreciate the good times. I enjoyed every one of these stories and might listen to them again.

8 people found this helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

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.

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