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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
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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: 5.6 x 0.1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Listening to David Sedaris read his work live is a thrill - he takes the performance very seriously and works the crowd as well as any other performer I have ever witnessed. I was a little hesitant to buy the vinyl version of this until I realized that it included a full download of the tracks on mp3. I find it to be the best of both worlds - a great cover ready for display and a highly portable copy that I can listen to on my commute. Call me lazy, but if I had purchased the CD I probably wouldn't have ripped it to mp3 right away and this great live album would be in CD purgatory with the rest of my audiobooks.
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In "David Sedaris Live for Your Listening Pleasure" he reads to audiences, and there's a lot of funny stuff he mines from his book tours. In this hilarious recording there's not as much family dissecting as usual, but his father, Lou, does appear to be hung out to dry (humorously, of course.) There are five titled sections on this recording.
He starts out with a fable in "Cat and Baboon" with a cat visiting the local masseuse, a baboon. Naturally they gossip, and they talk about various animal clients. The bit about the personal and shall we say, unsanitary habits of dogs and cats, I think it will have you roaring. Sedaris gets his biggest laughs from his occasional obscenities and the raunchier aspects of his comic writing. His delivery is always great, and he makes no bones about being gay; in fact, it's a source for great humor in his narratives.
He knows how to tell a story, very imaginatively and creatively. His "Laugh Kookaburra" about his trip to Australia has terrific descriptions and a literary flair. He's big on irony. "Australia is Canada in a thong." To give a shout is to treat someone to a drink or something else. Sedaris made a trip into the bush and came back with a tender story. This section has the cleverest thematic construction of all the stories on the CD. It could be a case study in how to tie words, ideas, and themes into a coherent whole.
"Author, Author" recounts his book tours. He goes to signings at Costgo, and in one funny episode he and his brother-in-law go there to pick up little gifts he can give at his signings. I'm not going to spoil the fun. You really should hear it. He gets a lot of joke material from people at the signings. He asks off-the-wall questions of his fans and gets weird answers.
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