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David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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"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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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What’s to say? You'll laugh out loud often. It was nice that a number of the selections were previously unreleased. Grade: A-Published 13 months ago by Mark
I buy all David Sedaris' books as audiobooks because I love to listen and re-listen while on car trips or stuck in heavy and aggravating city traffic. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Katerina
One again Sedaris has captured my heart and funny bone. I enjoyed getting able to listen to his anecdotes while stuck in the car. I definitely recommend this.Published on June 5, 2014 by Rebecca L. Constantino