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Theft by Finding Audiobook

Theft by Finding: Diaries: Volume One

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Publisher's Summary

'He's like an American Alan Bennett, in that his own fastidiousness becomes the joke, as per the taxi encounter, or his diary entry about waiting interminably in a coffee-bar queue.' (Brian Logan, Guardian review of An Evening with David Sedaris)

The point is to find out who you are and to be true to that person. Because so often you can't. Won't people turn away if they know the real me? you wonder. The me that hates my own child, that put my perfectly healthy dog to sleep? The me who thinks, deep down, that maybe The Wire was overrated?

For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print or audio.

Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favourite entries. From the family home in Raleigh, North Carolina, we follow Sedaris as he sets out to make his way in the world. As an art student and then a teacher in Chicago, he works at a succession of very odd jobs, meeting even odder people, before moving to New York to pursue a career as a writer - where instead he very quickly lands a job in Macy's department store as an elf in Santaland....

Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation's greatest comic geniuses.

©2017 David Sedaris (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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    "I'm a big fan but this one is boring"

    I'm a massive fan of David Sedaris and I listen to his other books again and again. However this one is just an endless list of observations and events in chronological order. None of the great storytelling that he is known for.
    Also, because it is chronological, it lingers forever in his early years of addiction, poverty and hopelessness. I don't know if I'll make it past chapter one!

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    Jorgen 06/06/2017
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    No real storyline, but small snaps from diaries
    so you need to know all his previous books. Not funny but maybe interessant for some people.

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    Liz Scully 28/11/2017
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    "Big fan Sedaris fan but this is just dull"

    There's ten years of diaries here and they become boring fairly quickly. It's a long audio book and there's none of the lightness of story of his other work. In fact as they're diaries, there's no story at all.

    this is very much simply the inside of his head without much humour. As he's depressed, broke and a heavy drug user for all the parts I listened to, it's also fairly depressing

    There is an interest in seeing what interests him - what he remembers and comments on. You can see how those themes come out in his more structured work.

    But as his other books areso autobiographical anyway, i found this repetitive and dull. I tried really hard but i could only get through a few hours before wanting to throw it out the window. if you're looking for story any of his other works are superb.

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    "How can you not love David Sedaris??"

    I love David Sedaris so I enjoyed this book immensely. Very funny and excellent narration as usual by David. Would highly recommend

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    an insightful delve into the past of a well loved writer and broadcaster. highly recommended

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    Loved it - funny, weird and pensive all at once. David Sedaris is one of my all time favorite storytellers

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    "typical Sedaris fare"

    enjoyed it, not quite as riotous as other work. but enjoyed it none the less

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    I've downloaded all of David Sedalia books via Audible having found his delivery far better than anything I could muster.

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    I wasn't certain that someone reading diary snippets from the last century would hold my attention but David Sedaris has pulled it off! It's funny, insightful and envolving.

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    Amazon Customer Yateley, United Kingdom 19/06/2017 Member Since 2007
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    "A great performance is he slightly psychotic?"

    Loved it and can't wait to hear more. Although I do wonder whether his obsessive tendencies
    I wonder whether he has a darker side he's yet to share. What a surprise that would be!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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