©1997 David Sedaris; (P)1998, 2001 Time Warner AudioBooks
"Sidesplitting." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Genuinely funny, at times hilarious....Makes for a smashing use of audio as a unique entertainment medium....Highly likable and spirited throughout...makes a case for audio as its own special form." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sedaris is a gifted satirist with an uncanny knack for re-creating dialogue and revealing fantasies....Brutally honest and brilliantly eloquent, Sedaris is positively tonic." (Booklist)
I had read 'Holidays on Ice' and 'Dress your family...' and thought them tremendously funny and clever. However, hearing the author (and his sister) adds a whole new dimension to his writing. In fact, I think I'll be getting the audio versions the books I've already read. Sad, funny, mordant and completely unique.
If you have read David Sedaris before, then you will enjoy the witty sense of humour and out of the ordinary subject matter - his take on the world is always entertaining. If you have listened to his live recordings on e.g. Radio 4 - his reading style on these audiobooks is not as lively, but still amusing.
From my first download I have been hooked to audio books for when I can't read. They make my London Northern Line commute enjoyable!
I downloaded Naked after listening to David Sedaris on BBC Radio 4. This is an exellent audio book and made what is normally a monotonous commute to work highly enjoyable. I caught myself chuckling away on the bus many times.
I love David Sedaris' other audio books but this was very short and for one credit was pricey compared to others. I preferred 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' and 'Dress Your Family in Corduroy'. The stories didn't flow as well as the others, although they are very well told as is David Sedaris' usual style. I enjoyed Amy Sedaris' inclusion on this.
This is the first time I have 'read'/listened to David Sedaris and it won't be the last. He is superbly and gut-wrenchingly sad, funny and brilliant in his observations about the everyday weirdness of life - his own and his family's. Listening was like therapy - I see my own family's weirdness in an entirely new light!
Having never heard of DS until recently I decided to get one of his audiobooks to try out. I began with "naked" and wasn't disappointed. In fact, I couldn't put it down. It's a very entertaining reading from him and his talented actress sister Amy. I recommend this for entertainment and a cheer up. I am off to download another of his books now!
Stringently contained drama, intimately open with shocking attention to detail. Conveys a kind of lateral compassion than impacts humane and humorous and is ultimately liberating to engage with. Fantastic writing.
"the best time ever spent"
I loved it.
You can't really compare his unique style to other writers. It's very engaging and funny without being self-absorbed.
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