©2009 David Sedaris; (P)2009 Hachette
Top up the log burner, pour yourself a nice glass of wine, close the curtains to keep the world out, wrap a nice blanket round your shoulders and pull up your favourite armchair. If you're still reading this review, you're gonna love listening to this audiobook!
David Sedaris is a master, not only of word selection, but also of putting them in the perfect order! His tales and diary entries are delivered in a deliberate, precise, gentle tone but evoke the whole spectrum of emotions from aching belly-laughs to soul-searching reflections.
He phrases things in a thought-provoking way and has that fantastic skill of dusting-off the mundane and revealing hidden depths everywhere he explores, but in SUCH a funny way.
Listening to David Sedaris tell a story is always a real treat, and this audiobook is no exception.
"I Wish There Was More"
I love David Sedaris, I have several of his books and I love his wry, dry sense of humor. I always enjoy hearing him read and I think, in this case, he seemed to be enjoying himself. I thought it was too short and not really price appropriate. But I laughed and enjoyed what was there.
"Love him !!"
Ahhhhh, it feels so good to laugh that much. I loved it. His live readings are always so special, and that's what all of these are. I just wish it were about 10 times longer !!!! Such a tease you are, David. Be assured he has many other books, every one of which are great. He would be a cool friend to have....always laughing.
"absolutely fabulously funny"
I blindly would buy antyhing of this author
"Good but short"
This feels rushed out in time for Christmas. The five stories aren't very long especially considering one of them is just random snippets from his diary. I wished the publisher had waited unitl he had a whole book. That said, listening to Sedaris live adds a lot to the stories.
"Overpriced and Undergood"
You'd have to be a HUGE David Sedaris fan to be happy with this purchase.
But wait a minute - that's wrong. Being a HUGE David Sedaris fan is what made me hate this purchase. Because I've already heard/read everything in it on This American Life or in the New Yorker. And I've listened to his great stuff often enough to know that this is all very much his B game.
So only buy this if you don't like David Sedaris at all.
Or wait til Audible comes to its senses and sells it for $4.95. It has a pleasure content similar to that of a Mocha Grande so I think that price is fair.
But 14 bucks is just stupid.
"Use your extra credit here."
I was left with an extra credit and used it on this short collection of stories by Sedaris -- I laughed all the way through and my only complaint was that I wish it hadn't ended so soon.
Sedaris is one of the most intelligent and sly humorists out there, and is best appreciated when he's reading his own material.
"Just love his Narration."
Makes me smile.
Just about all of it.
On par with other perfrormances.
Please keep the stories coming Mr. Sedaris.
not as good as the others books, a little too pricey
Picked this up tentatively since it had some negative reviews, but it had me cracking up in the car and giggling in the super market...
"No one is funnier reading their own words!"
David Sedaris at his best! I laughed all the way through this hour plus talk. I just love how his mind works. He has perfect timing, he lets the audience laugh and catch up to his next funny line.
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