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Sunday, May 29, 2011

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris~ ★★★★★

Author: David Sedaris
Title: When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Release Date: June 3rd, 2008
Publisher: Hachette Audio, unabridged; read by David Sedaris
Genre: Non-Fiction (with fiction)

Audio Book Cover: "David Sedaris's remarkable ability to uncover the hilarious absurdity teeming just below the surface of everyday life is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this new book of essays.
Sedaris proceeds from the bizarre conundrums of daily life---the etiquette of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger or how to soundproof your windows against neurotic songbirds with LP covers---to the most deeply resonant human truths. Taking in the parasitic worm that once lived in his mother-in-law's leg, an encounter with a dingo, and the purchase of a human skeleton, and culminating in a brilliant account of his attempt to quit smoking---in Tokyo---David Sedaris's sixth collection is a fresh masterpiece of comic writing."

Taryn's Review: In 2008 I listened to Sedaris's book Me Talk Pretty One Day on my daily commute to work. I loved his writing style, but what made the book even better was listening to Sedaris's voice inflections and his perfection at storytelling. I needed a laugh and this book caught my eye. Perfect.

Sedaris didn't disappoint. Hearing him read the words only added to the hilarity. Often I found myself laughing down the highway and looking forward to car trips so I could listen to more essays by Sedaris. Two of my favorites were about the sitter Ms. Peacock and the driver in NY that had some peculiar advice for Sedaris. Sedaris told great stories and so many of them not only grab your attention, but keep you hooked throughout the end of the book. Sedaris really has a gift for acknowledging the little ironies in life, as well as pointing out the hilarity that we miss in our day-to-day lives.

Sedaris's humor will not be liked by everyone. He was blunt and honest, used curse words from time-to-time, and can get pretty graphic. However, I quite enjoyed his perspective and for me, the addition of having it read by Sedaris enriched the entertainment value. He's a funny guy and I always look forward to his work.

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