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"At his best, he makes you laugh out loud, which indeed may be worth the price of admission." (The New York Times)
I'd never encountered David Sedaris before this audiobook, and was advised this was a great starting point. And I am so glad I listened to it. David's stories are touching, informative and above all ridiculously funny. His attempts at speaking French had me laughing out loud, while his revealing tale about tourists judging him on the Paris Metro made me want to reach into the headphones and punch the offending ignorami. He is extremely likable, and once you listen to one story don't make any plans for the next few hours, as you won't want to leave him unattended.
The story about the family dog
His deadpan delivery
Laughed a lot, even in public
Looking forward to another Sedaris book
I've only recently discovered David Sedaris after stumbling across his Radio 4 show, Meet David Sedaris. I bought this, hoping that it would be as funny as the 30 minute R4 show and I have not been disappointed. I judge how funny an audio book is by how stupid I look when I am listening to it and this one passes the test with flying colours. I have been laughing out loud whilst listening to this when I'm walking the dog and I suspect that I am fast gaining a reputation locally as some sort of laughing halfwit. My favourite line - "is them the thoughts of cows". It will make sense when you get to it. Highly, highly recommended.
I'd definitely recommend this book. It look me while to get used to Sedaris' delivery, but once I had I loved it.
Loved the bits about speaking French, made me pee. The Youth in Asia had me in tears, very moving.
The length of the stories mean that it's a great book to listen to on the bus to/from work.
Very entertaining stories and anecdotes . I am working my way through all his audiobooks, they are all good. Try one and see what you think !!
Having David Sedaris himself narrating in his witty tone is a real bonus. It's perfect for long car journeys or travelling with headphones. Chapters are self contained stories so perfect to dip in and out of.
The fact that David Sedaris narrates his own observations on daily life adds comic nuances and pauses that are wonderful. Some would say his delivery is dead pan, but this works. I'm not a 'laugh out loud' person but this did make me smile, chuckle, and infuriatingly for them, call other people in to 'Listen to this!' He really makes the ordinary extraordinary and leaves me thinking, 'There, but for the grace of God....' I'll be reading more.
David Sedaris doesn't disappoint with another selection of gut-achingly funny observations. From speech therapists to airline passengers and as ever, his family, he will make you weep with laughter with his wit, humour and dead-pan delivery. Wonderful - I've listened to it over and over.
Prof of Global Health & Development - wide interests, fiction & non-, politics, justice & rights, culture & food, travel, art & creativity
Typical Sedaris ... reads his stories with self-deprecating humour and wit. This collection focuses mostly on Sedaris and his partner and their lives together in France, navigating culture and language. Entertaining and light, he also raises deeper questions about navigating mainstream society if you are gay, being American in France, and writing. Well worth a listen...
"I thought I would be annoyed."
I thought David's voice would irritate me but no - he is a brilliant reader. His stories are a "slice of life" about growing up in his large family, surviving the education system and bulls****ing his way through various careers, while keeping a firm grasp on his sense of humour. The only irritating bit was the section where he was reading to an audience and we have to hear their laughter - fortunately this is short. I loved the chapter on the family's succession of ill fated pets. The book is well worth listening to.
I am a huge recent fan of David Sedaris, and this book didn't disappoint. My whole family was listening to it on a long drive. At one point I thought my husband was going to run off the road he was laughing so hard. I was weeping with laughter, so couldn't even take over the driving. David Sedaris has the best delivery, and the best self-deprecating humour that comes through even when the subject matter is less hilarious than piquant. We'll listen to it more than once.
"No laughs here"
Not funny. The author details the adversity he faced growing up as a young homosexual. Not a comedy at all. Very sad at times. Was not expecting an autobiography.
Fantastic narration and very very funny. Very easy to listen to and giggle along with the anecdotes.
How does a guy get so funny. Loved every word of this book. Definitely my best so far.
Too many to list
Everything. The writing, his delivery, his self-deprecation (so refreshing compared to so many people these days), his pathos, his empathy. He is just a great writer across the board.
His writing about learning French in Paris. That was not only funny but helpful for me because I'm a language teacher and it really helped me to empathise more with my students.
I just hope my next audio book will be even half as good as this one.
David Sedaris' short stories are hilarious, and spoken with his dry wit only adds to the overall experience.
It was wonderful to listen to the live segments and hear others appreciate the humour too.
"Not For Me"
Why David, why? Why don't I like you? I really tried, honestly I did. After I panned "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" everyone told me I'd started in the wrong place. Everyone told me your very best work was actually “Me Talk”, so I dutifully went back for a second round with fresh hopes and a forgiving heart.
Oh David. The uneven but occasionally funny “Diabetes” was actually better than the extremely even (i.e. never-once-interesting) drivel in “Me Talk”.
David, David, David. We really should've hit it off, but I'm afraid your anecdotes are just a little too pointless, laughless and — dare I say — truthless for me to bother with Round 3. If this is the best you have to offer, let's just agree to go our separate ways. It's not me, it's you.
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