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David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged


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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600247180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600247187
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. A master of the pregnant pause and king of cockeyed deadpan, Sedaris is at the top of his game in these five live performances, delivered in cities across the U.S. The disc includes one of his animal fables, as well as trenchant observations about his life in France and his travels during his author tours. As mundane an experience as shopping at Costco provides as many opportunities for humor, meditations on his past, and appreciation for the bizarre as does the time Sedaris fed a kookaburra outside an Australian restaurant. The brisk and endlessly entertaining listen again proves that mere readers of Sedaris are missing out. (Dec.)
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Sedaris's sparkling essays always shimmer ore brightly when read aloud by the author. And his expert timing, mimicry and droll asides are never more polished than during live performances in front of an audience.—Publishers Weekly - Starred Review for WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES

"A master of the pregnant pause and king of cockeyed deadpan, Sedaris is at the top of his game in these five live performances...The brisk and endlessly entertaining listen again proves that mere readers of Sedaris are missing out."—Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America 's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.David Sedaris is the author of the bestsellers Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, each of which became immediate bestsellers. There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. He is the editor of an anthology of stories, , Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His essays appear regularly in Esquire and The New Yorker. Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name "The Talent Family" and have written several plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center , and The Drama Department in New York City . These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler's Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatist's Play Service. His recent collection of essays, titled When You Are Engulfed in Flames, was published in June 2008.David Sedaris's original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ. In 2001, David Sedaris became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He was named by Time magazine as "Humorist of the Year" in 2001. David Sedaris was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album ("Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim") and Best Comedy Album ("David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall"). In 2008 the audio version of When You Are Engulfed in Flames was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Spoken Word category.

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Customer Reviews

Funny, sharp, witty, amazing stories.
JF
Heard DAVID SEDARIS: LIVE FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE, written and read by the author.
Blaine Greenfield
If you're a fan, I predict you'll love this album.
groomRN

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 23, 2009
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I heard David Sedaris speak in San Diego a couple of years ago and he read Innocents Abroad, which covers tracks 6 through 8 on this CD. As soon as we got home that night I looked on the web, and to my horror it was not available. I looked through American Lives archives in case they'd gotten a clue and recorded him reading this; I searched YouTube; I wrote his agency; I did everything but stalk Mr. Sedaris to try and locate this hilarious story about pretentious accents, to no avail. I received the CD tonight and listened to the story again, and now my holiday is complete. I don't care what happens for the rest of the year. Thank you, Mr. Sedaris and the Barclay Agency, for finally providing this!!!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By groomRN VINE VOICE on November 26, 2009
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I listened to this cd this morning by myself, and found myself laughing out loud many times. David is in fine form, and is as hilarious as ever. Reading his books is one thing, but listening to him read them takes it to a whole new level of funny! I can't say enough good things about this cd. If you're a fan, I predict you'll love this album.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David S. Caris on January 18, 2010
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Perfect timing,having been a David fan for years, The CD Live For Your Listening Pleasure arrived just before I was 'snowbound' for the holidays. It's always a comforting pleasure to hear David's voice and appreciate his keen sense of humor. I'll never be able to look at flight attendants without thinking of 'crop dusting' Thank you David Sedaris from David Caris
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on April 7, 2010
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Heard DAVID SEDARIS: LIVE FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE, written and read

by the author.

I've read some of his essays in the past, but listening to them was even more fun . . . he's
a master of timing and droll asides, plus the reaction of the live audience made
his performance even more memorable.

The whole thing is little more than an hour . . . it contains three short, funny stories; "Laugh,
Kookaburra," which is longer and more serious (and delightful); and some brief diary entries,
all recorded live at locales throughout the country.

Included was this one digression about his experiences on book tour: He goes to a Costco
with his brother-in-law and puts a giant box of condoms in their cart. He feels like people are
staring at the two guys with the huge box of rubbers, so he asks his brother-in-law to put more
stuff in the cart to cover up the condoms. The brother-in-law picks out a big container of
strawberries and a huge bottle of olive oil. I'm still laughing at the thought of that scene!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cumming on December 28, 2009
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David Sedaris is a treasure. If you have ever seen him live or heard him on the radio you should check out this recording. The first piece is his version of a conversation between a cat and a baboon. He really camps it up.

Then he has a digression about his experiences on book tour. He goes to a Costco with his brother-in-law and puts a giant box of condoms in their cart. He feels like people are staring at the two guys with the huge box of rubbers. He asks his brother-in-law to put more stuff in the cart to cover up the condoms. The brother-in-law picks out a big container of strawberries and a huge bottle of olive oil. Hahaha..hysterical as described by Sedaris.

The funniest segment is the last one, he reads from some of his diary entries. David Sedaris is so precious. We are lucky to have him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Les on November 18, 2010
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Who better to tell the hysterically funny tales of this colorful man's life than the colorful man himself. He should put all his books on audio. Loved it! Would have given it five stars if it had more content.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim G on February 6, 2013
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Fans of "Me Talk Pretty One Day" or the "Santaland Diaries" will enjoy this CD, although perhaps not just as much. Well done, good technical, worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tracy beeler on December 13, 2012
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I love this.You people should not require me to use a certain number of words, it just doesnt make sense. I only wanted to say it is good.
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