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Review: David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall

July 10, 2010

David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall is a recording of David’s reading at Carnegie Hall on October 22, 2002.  It includes seven stories, quite a few of which I’d heard before on other recordings.  That didn’t keep me from laughing out loud as I heard them again!   No one can do self-deprecating humor like he can.

My favorite story was the first one and it involved David’s sisters Amy and Lisa.  He talked about shopping with Amy, which sounds like quite an outing, and arriving at Lisa’s house before she got home from work to find a note detailing what he can and can’t do in her home.  Interactions with Lisa’s bird are hilarious too.

I have to admit that David Sedaris is a favorite of mine, and I have yet to actually read any of his books.  His audio books are just great and I’m not sure reading the printed version could compare.

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  1. July 10, 2010 6:37 am

    I have a disc here to listen to. I need to give Sedaris a try.

  2. July 10, 2010 7:00 am

    I need to try one of his audiobooks! I can see how they’d be even funnier than the print versions.

  3. July 10, 2010 8:00 am

    Enjoyed the review. Sounds like the audios are the best way to go. His stories do seem quite interesting.

    Thoughts in Progress

  4. July 10, 2010 9:01 am

    Read his books!! I saw him live about a year and a half ago, front row seats. It was amazing. He had been in the hospital the entire night and day beforehand with kidney stones and was all drugged up. He was slurring a little more than usual, but even funnier than I’ve ever heard him on the radio.

    His books are great. No two ways about it. I go with my family to see a production of The Santaland Diaries every Christmas. Hilarious.

  5. July 10, 2010 9:06 am

    I haven’t listened to this one, but I like his audio books when taking a long drive. Dress Your Family in Corduroy is a favorite.

  6. July 10, 2010 9:25 am

    I am trying to ease my way into the audio book world (my audio skills are not nearly as refined as my visual ones). However this sounds perfect! I think my attention can hold for a short story, and I find that I truly enjoy hearing the author read his/her own work. I will definitely be checking this one out.

  7. July 10, 2010 9:26 am

    I too really need to get one of his audiobooks. Actually it just occurs to me that I bet I could get one at the library. I need a book that makes me laugh!

  8. July 10, 2010 9:58 am

    Maybe something like Sedaris is exactly what I need to get me in to audio books. I do love his books.

  9. July 10, 2010 10:49 am

    He’s going to be reading in Santa Barbara next year…I’m considering getting a ticket, as I’ve heard he’s fabulous in person.

  10. July 10, 2010 11:35 am

    I started to listen to one of his books on audio and thought it was so funny, I stopped listening so I could wait until my husband could listen with me on a road trip. We never got back to it, so I’ll have to make a point to get it back from the library again. Sounds great!

  11. July 10, 2010 11:52 am

    Reminds me of the difference between listening to Robert Munsch reading his books and reading them to your class. He is so much more effective.
    Their favorite is Alligator Baby. Hysterical.

  12. July 10, 2010 2:36 pm

    I’m still not into audio books, but when I heard him on NPR on the way to work one morning I arrived at the office still chuckling. No wonder people there always thought I was a little off.

  13. July 10, 2010 3:30 pm

    Listening to Sedaris is the most fun on audio a person can have. He is hilarious! I love his brand of humor…that sarcastic, dry wit.

  14. July 10, 2010 4:49 pm

    I think both his books and his audio are great. I prefer listening to him and opt for that when I have the choice, but I still got a kick out of reading the printed version of Me Talk Pretty One Day.

  15. July 10, 2010 4:56 pm

    I started loving Sedaris by reading him, but listening to him is even better! His timing and tone of voice are just wonderful. There’s one place where he cracks me up every time by saying “well, yeah…” The single thing I have not enjoyed in all my audiobook listening to him is on his “Live For Your Listening Pleasure” when he’s a little self-deprecating at the end of an absolutely wonderful, emotional piece entitled Laugh, Kookaburra. But otherwise, I’ve never heard an author read his own stuff better. He’s as much a performer as he is a writer, and he’s a great writer.

  16. July 10, 2010 5:43 pm

    Love the title, “Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten.

  17. July 10, 2010 6:16 pm

    Sedaris didn’t work for me in print, so I’ll have to give him a try on audio.

  18. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 10, 2010 7:42 pm

    I’m going to have to give this a try. Thanks, Kathy!

  19. July 10, 2010 8:00 pm

    I keep telling myself I need to start listening to audio books. I’m sure David Sedaris would be the perfect beginning.

  20. July 10, 2010 8:43 pm

    I used to read Sedaris’s books and then saw him live at Lincoln Center – his delivery is perfect and really adds to the the humor! I only listen to him on audio now!

  21. July 10, 2010 9:41 pm

    And I’ve only read his book and never listened to him .. I think I need to change that! Everyone says listening is so much better than reading him.

  22. July 10, 2010 11:44 pm

    I have read one of his books and I definitely prefer listening to him.

  23. July 10, 2010 11:45 pm

    I love him too especially the stories about his family. The one you describe sounds great!

  24. July 11, 2010 12:37 pm

    The only one of Sedaris’ books that I’ve read is the first one, Me Talk Pretty One Day. Such a hoot! But I gather that the audio versions are even better. Will listen to the next one, I promise–this “concert” version sounds fabulous. Thank you.

  25. July 11, 2010 2:43 pm

    I have one of his books on my bedside table right now and you’ve motivated me to get started on it. Thanks.

  26. stacybuckeye permalink
    July 11, 2010 7:39 pm

    I keep meaning to get one of his audios from the library. Since I’m headed there tomorrow I have no excuses!

  27. July 12, 2010 8:25 am

    This sounds like a book that should be listened to on audio, rather than read.

  28. July 12, 2010 8:52 am

    Love Sedaris!! I had the opportunity to see him in concert a few years ago, and have to say it’s an experience I will never forget. If you ever get the chance, you should not miss it. So glad that you loved this recording!

  29. July 12, 2010 11:38 am

    i keep hearing about sedaris and i’ve been meaning to go out and get one of his books, but i just haven’t had the chance. i think now though, i’m going to raid the audiobook section and see if i can find him in audio form. thanks for the rec!

  30. July 12, 2010 11:56 am

    I’ve read one of his books and didn’t care for it but I did see him on tv and he’s pretty funny.

  31. July 12, 2010 1:06 pm

    Yep, I would love this. I’m certain of it. And I’m a big fan of the essay you’re referring to. The bird bits cracked me up.

  32. Kathleen permalink
    July 14, 2010 4:41 pm

    I’ve definitely heard that hearing him is the way to go vs. reading him.

  33. July 14, 2010 7:44 pm

    I’ve heard lots of good things about David Sedaris too. Like you, I haven’t read any of his books but I intend to fix that. Glad you like this one!

  34. July 15, 2010 9:03 pm

    I still have yet to give this author a try, but when I do, I think I’ll go for the audio books.

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