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  • Meet David Sedaris: Series Five

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49

David Sedaris' remarkable ability to uncover the hilarious absurdity teeming just below the surface of everyday life is surpassed only by his ability to make his stories even more hilarious when he reads them aloud. This is the complete recording of Meet David Sedaris Series Five for Radio 4, and he reads essays from several of his books as well as many brand-new diary pieces and extras.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of new materials.

  • By Jorgen on 26-07-16

David comedy succeeded my expectations again

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-19

I enjoyed this book as it was moving but still made in hilarious. I look forward to hearing more from him!

  • The Tent, The Bucket and Me

  • By: Emma Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Emma Kennedy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

For the '70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves. For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun.

  • By c jennings on 02-12-15

Love it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-15

Brilliant! I want to come visit the family and hear more. Straight into the next one - Tony's life

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

A guy walks into a bar.From here, the story could take many turns. A guy walks into a bar and meets the love of his life. A guy walks into a bar and finds no one else is there. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humour and intelligence and leave you deeply moved. In Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy. The common thread? Sedaris masterfully turns each episode into a love story: how it feels to be in a relationship where one loves and is loved over many years, what it means to be part of a family, and how it's possible, through all of life's absurdities, to accept oneself. With Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why he has been called 'A humorist par excellence, he can make Woody Allen appear ham-tongued, Oscar Wilde a drag' (Observer).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny and often disturbing

  • By Marcus on 17-07-13

Enjoy spluttering in public and laughing out loud?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-13

Where does Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The funniest collection of readings I have heard, ever.

What other book might you compare Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to, and why?

David Sedaris is unique in his quirky and wry view of life. Unlike other semi-autobiographies where you are taken through the chronological order of a noteworthy or tragic life, David Sedaris' collection of essays allows you to light like a butterfly on the fleeting moments of significance in his, sometimes poignant but more often trivial, life. Instead of observing, we share his awkward and gauche acts, secretly believing that we are imperfectly wonderful too.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are so many moments to enjoy. The need to clear out the junk of unwanted gift collections, "this is what happens when you tell someone you like something...nothing stems the tide of crap," is one we are all familiar with but perhaps not one with so many humorous outcomes as Sedaris' owl collection. The salacious taxidermist showing his collection of body parts is both shocking and fascinating at once and Sedaris simple dares to say what we all think - or at least hope we would on a really, really smart day.

If you think the trivia of someone's life, the minutia of their day, their thoughts and their relationships is not enough then Sedaris has even more. Writing in the voice of the mad in the way only Americans can be, the final selection of stories will have you crying with laughter. The homophobic mother whose gay son encourages her to wear a T-Shirt with initials he assures her stand for Another Savvy Senior Hopes Obama Loses Everything and the Dahl-like poem in homage to dogs will leave you desperate for more.

Luckily, there are lots more. Lots and lots more.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Laugh, think and love this life in all its infinite triviality.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful