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Summary

Anyone who has heard David Sedaris speaking live or on the radio will tell you that a collection from him is cause for jubilation. A move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including 'Me Talk Pretty One Day', about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that 'every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section'.  

His family is another inspiration. 'You Can't Kill the Rooster' is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails.

©2000 David Sedaris, All Rights Reserved (P)2000, 2001 Time Warner AudioBooks

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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)

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This guy is an original

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 !!

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Absolutely hilarious

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.

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He talk pretty

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.

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Really funny and witty!

So funny I couldn't help myself from laughing like a lunatic in public. One of the more genuine stories that just make you feel like you're living with the author.

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Very funny but very believable

What did you like most about Me Talk Pretty One Day?

The narration

What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Talk Pretty One Day?

The story about the family dog

What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His deadpan delivery

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed a lot, even in public

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to another Sedaris book

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Very funny

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.

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Glad I stuck with this book...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd definitely recommend this book. It look me while to get used to Sedaris' delivery, but once I had I loved it.

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the bits about speaking French, made me pee. The Youth in Asia had me in tears, very moving.

Any additional comments?

The length of the stories mean that it's a great book to listen to on the bus to/from work.

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Enjoy the live stand up bits

Not for me, sorry, too American and negative. I heard him on a podcast and really liked the underdog attitude. His life observations are funny it's just didn't make me laugh.

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Boring, drone and monotone.

Boring story abou a boring life red in a voice of a man that ktows both of those things but was paid to read it so might as well do it.

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Quaking in my headphones

Three nights in a row my wife made me get out of bed to finish the chapter as my shaking and snoring were stopping her drift into sleep. Beautiful observations delivered with expert timing, humanity lovingly eviscerated - hilarious and moving. I’ve just ordered Calypso

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  • 22-10-13

I wept

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.

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  • Katherine
  • 27-10-09

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.

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  • Hammy
  • 25-07-10

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.

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  • Matthew
  • 21-01-14

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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  • emmanuel panaretos
  • 03-11-20

Disappointing.

I bought this based on the reviews but it didn't resonate with me. Not funny!

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  • SeeWhy
  • 15-04-20

Still hilarious twenty years later!

David Sedaris' food-hoarding father sounds exactly like my Chinese parents who did not live through abject poverty! Loved hearing about his years living as the American village idiot also in Normandy, France. Very relatable with my broken French in spite of twenty years of on-and-off French classes!!

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  • Elena Claydon
  • 27-10-16

Hilarious!

Fantastic narration and very very funny. Very easy to listen to and giggle along with the anecdotes.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 27-02-16

Loved it

Where does Me Talk Pretty One Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

How does a guy get so funny. Loved every word of this book. Definitely my best so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Talk Pretty One Day?

Too many to list

What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

I just hope my next audio book will be even half as good as this one.

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  • kim
  • 24-05-12

Hilarious

Would you listen to Me Talk Pretty One Day again? Why?

David Sedaris' short stories are hilarious, and spoken with his dry wit only adds to the overall experience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Talk Pretty One Day?

It was wonderful to listen to the live segments and hear others appreciate the humour too.