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The David Sedaris Box Set Audio CD – Audiobook, October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Abridged edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586214349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586214340
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Star radio storyteller David Sedaris presents his collected works in one audio box set. The longest (at five hours) is his latest, Me Talk Pretty One Day, which contains two live performances from San Francisco. Welcome to a world where dogs outrank children, guitars have breasts, and Sedaris's fellow language-class students try to convey the concept of Easter to a Moroccan Muslim in their fledgling French (translated into English): "It is a party for the little boy of God," says one. "Then he be die one day on two ... morsels of ... lumber," says another. Sedaris is hilarious, and his Billie Holiday impression is amazing.

The three-hour, Christmas-themed Holidays on Ice is the gem of the collection. It has his greatest hit, "SantaLand Diaries," a chronicle of his stint as an elf at Macy's, covering everything from the preliminary group lectures ("You are not a dancer. If you were a real dancer you wouldn't be here. You're an elf and you're going to wear panties like an elf.") to the perils of inter-elf flirtation. Other hits feature the crazed newsletter "Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" and the prostitute coworker his sister brought home one Yuletide, giving "the phrase 'ho, ho, ho' whole different meaning." Barrel Fever contains the fulminatingly funny "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 2" and "Parade," discussing the narrator's perhaps not fully plausible gay relationships with Bruce Springsteen, Mike Tyson, and Peter Jennings. Naked describes his adventures in a nudist colony, but his family tales are, as ever, nonpareil. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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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David Sedaris is one of the great storytellers.
Josh Jacoby
Hearing David Sedaris tell his stories is the complete way to experience his writing.
Miyoko
Listening to him read on CD is the next best thing.
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130 of 134 people found the following review helpful By MOVIE MAVEN on February 11, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
There is only one thing better, funnier, laff-out-loud more hilarious than reading David Sedaris' short stories: hearing them read to you by Sedaris, himself. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of Sedaris' published work, but I first came across him driving to work and hearing Sedaris on the radio read about his Christmas experience at Macy's Department Store in his "Santaland Diaries." I was laughing so loud and so hard that I, literally, had to pull my car off of the highway. Almost every story on these tapes is that funny and that insightful. Are they all top notch? Probably not. But there is so much pure joy on these tapes (on which Sedaris is aided and abetted by his sister, actress/writer, Amy Sedaris)that I'm willing to give 5 stars to comic writing that sometimes falls from brilliance to mere hilarity.
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125 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Knight on November 30, 2000
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I first heard of Sedaris through This American Life (An amazing Public Radio show) and immediately bought and read his books. David's writing is beyond belief, but hearing David read them (along with his sister Amy and one story read by Ann Magnuson) brings everything to a new level. While the tapes are abridged, the stories he reads, he reads in full. There are different versions than what is read on This American Life, and he sings some different songs than on TAL (in the style of Billie Holiday). Santaland Diaries are even longer than the TAL uncut version. I did prefer Julia Sweeney's rendetion of Merry Christmas(Seasons Greetings) to Our Friends and Family over Ann Magnuson's. This set is 14 hours long (10 Tapes). At the end of most of the books, there is an additional track of David singing or talking/laughing.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy W. Forstadt on November 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Fourteen hours of David Sedaris! Are you kidding me? The DAVID SEDARIS BOX SET is almost too much of a good thing. As I have no doubt stated elsewhere, the best way to experience David Sedaris apart from going to a live reading is to hear his work on the radio or through his audio recordings. The DAVID SEDARIS BOX SET offers the most substantial collection of his audio recordings to date.

Those parts of his live performance which do not translate as well to written text include his Billie Holiday style of singing, the rendition of The Rooster (from "You Can't Kill the Rooster:" Amy does it here, though I've heard David do it to perfection live), and his attempts at speaking French (translated into broken English in "Me Talk Pretty This Day," "Jesus Shaves," and others). All are well represented in this comprehensive collection. This box set includes his work from "Santaland Diaries," "Barrel Fever," "Naked," "Me Talk Pretty One Day," as well as some bonus tracks.

At the current price, this collection is an incomparable value and I highly recommend it for anyone's audio collection.

Jeremy W. Forstadt
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By August West on December 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a lifelong fan and follower of Spalding Gray's monologues I was deeply saddened by the recent news of his failing health (both mental & physical) especially after the joy of "Morning, Noon & Night" where he finally seemed to have laid his demons to rest. It put me into a bit of a funk really and the prospect of no more Spuddy monologues in light of these events was quite upsetting.
Searching around I took a gamble and after only reading a few of his Esquire articles bought this boxset. It must be one of the best risks I have ever taken. My wife and I now adore his work and are eagerly awaiting his next book.
Sedaris' deadpan, ironic perspective is the cry of the outsider realising the inherent madness of society and their place within it. Like Spalding Gray he may sometimes seem flip and working for comic effect but there are dark edges and depth to all of his stories and articles.
At 14 hours (even paying for overseas postage) this is well worth the expense and a sheer delight - You Can't Kill the Rooster & I Eat What He's Wearing are particular favourites.
If you're an ironic outsider you'll love it.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have absolutely no idea why anyone would write a review saying that David Sedaris' reading takes away from his books. I have always had exactly the opposite experience. Though I have read all his books, I prefer to listen to them because the author's voice is so unique and his delivery so apt. As much as I love reading "You Can't Kill the Rooster", hearing the phrase out loud adds a whole other dimension of hilarity. Obviously, listening to a book is a subjective experience, but I felt compelled to weigh in after reading the previous review. Don't pay any attention to that person, or to me either except for the part where I tell you not to pay attention to the other review. Decide for yourself.
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132 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth W. James on March 7, 2004
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Let me explain my rating. For Sedaris' work, 5 stars plus. My problem is with Amazon listing this as "Unabridged". It is not--it is significantly abridged. What is here is great, as you might expect, but some of my favorites are missing (such as "We Get Along" from Barrel Fever). Funny thing is, nowhere on the item itself does the word "unabridged" appear. Why then does Amazon list it as "unabridged"? Not good--makes me wonder about their other descriptions. Buy it if you love Sedaris, but don't expect everything to be on these recordings.
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