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  • Naked

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better in audio

  • By Paul on 24-03-06

So good I need to listen to his entire back catalogue now.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-18

After recently reading Calypso, I decided to revisit some of my favourite Sedaris essays and stories. Audio books are ideal for this task and I find his voice peculiarly soothing. Naked, to me, is in equal parts hilarious and melancholy and I adored revisiting this book whilst walking and tidying and going about my day. On to the next one.

  • Eat, Drink, Run

  • How I Got Fit Without Going Too Mad
  • By: Bryony Gordon
  • Narrated by: Bryony Gordon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

Bryony Gordon was not a runner. A loafer, a dawdler, a drinker, a smoker, yes. A runner, no. Yet somehow, as she began to recover from the emotional roller coaster of laying her life bare in her mental health memoir Mad Girl, she started to realise that getting outside, moving her body and talking to others for whom life was also an occasional challenge might actually help her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, funny, real and humble

  • By v02 on 06-06-18

Inspired me so much

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I listened to this on a couple of my own runs. My own mental health took a real battering in 2017 and this year I set myself two goals that I had come to the realisation may help me. One was to fulfil a life long ambition to actually finish writing a novel and the second was to run a half marathon. The former hasn’t been going to plan. Not really. I had lost confidence. But the running is going well. And so, when Bryony talked early in the book about how you (I) can achieve anything and about how brilliant things will happen I burst in to tears, just 2k in to my planned 12k.

I don’t think I have ever laughed and cried so much to a book as this one. Funny, honest, strangely tense but truly inspiring. I loved it. Thank you Bryony. You’re brilliant.

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