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David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,010 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Sedaris's sold out performance at Carnegie Hall from November 2002 is now available on CD. He is also the author of bestsellers "Naked" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day." 1 CD. ...more
Audio CD, Unabridged edition, 2 pages
Published June 11th 2003 by Hachette Audio
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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This one is kind of a rule breaker when it comes to being a “book” as it is not only in audio format (which grossly enough I have actually witnessed a friend be trolled over and told that Goodreads is for “real” books since humans are awful and the reason why everyone just can’t simply enjoy things), but it also is a hodgepodge of stories, magazine articles, diary entries, etc. that can’t be found in a single collection. To sum it up,
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know, I know—this isn't what most think of as being a “book” per se. However, after being laid out in bed with the flu, Captain Trips, or maybe even that Gluten Free Ebola they were talking about on South Park for the past week or so, I really needed a dose David Sedaris' sardonic brilliance in its most potent form.

I have all of Sedaris' books in audio and physical form. And, yes, most of the material you will hear on David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall has found its way into his
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT!! Delightful, laughed out loud, and felt compelled to share different parts with others; it was just that clever and funny. It would have been selfish to keep it to myself.

Read Kelly(and the Book Boar's) review! My comments won't convince you to listen to this, but Kelly's review surely will.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's David Sedaris, so of course it's enough to make you laugh in public. Check this out after seeing David Sedaris perform live. I'd heard several of these pieces before, but still thoroughly enjoyed it!

Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, audiobooks, humour
Absolutely fantastic!!
Kim Forsythe
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, humor, american
Funny! I had heard or read all of these stories before but must have forgotten some parts because I found myself cracking up at work.
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks

3.5 stars

The Stadium Pal story is a gem!
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He named a rabbit "Screened-in Porch" hahahahaha. ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-lit
My favorite was "Six to Eight Black Men," an essay on Holland's Christmas customs.
So funny.
Sedaris is great to listen to.
Shallowreader VaVeros
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
I laughed so hard that I nearly had an accident and had to pull over in the car.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second of two audiobooks composed and performed by Sedaris, I could NOT stop laughing at his live performance at Carnegie Hall! It made my last commute to classes this semester much livelier than I expected. It might have also made the days of those who passed by me in traffic and thought odd of the young, slap happy woman they saw on Route 20 this morning.

When I was not laughing at the expense of Sedaris and his loved ones, I pondered on his more thoughtful moments, such as how people (whe
Holy frijoles, I peed my pants listening to this audiobook.

interesting quotes:

"Gifts are generally reserved for children. And the parents tend not to go overboard. It's nothing I'd want for myself, but I suppose it's fine for those who prefer food and family to things of real value."

"For starters, Santa didn't USED to do anything."

"The six-to-eight black men were characterized as personal slaves until the mid-1950s, when the political climate changed and it was decided that, instead of being sl
I listened to this paired with "Live for Your Listening Pleasure," so I'm reviewing them together. Classic laugh-out-loud Sedaris. And, of course, hearing Sedaris himself read these essays is always a treat because of his impeccable comedic timing. My favorite on this half was "The Feminine Mistake," which I think might also be in When You Are Engulfed in Flames. I don't know how he consistently is able to write about bodily functions in a way that is hilarious, but somehow not just more potty h ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! If you are a David Sedaris fan, this is a must listen! He reads several of his short stories, there's a brief interlude of question and answer, and then a couple more stories. He has the perfect voice to read these stories, and his comic timing is impeccable. Although this audiobook is too short, I'll take what I can get! ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, 2018, audiobook
No, this isn't a book, but it is in the database, and I listened to it on Thanksgiving while driving to see family. I don't like adding it to my "Finished" list, but I like to keep track of when I listen to it, since the last time I did was over ten years ago.

For anyone who hasn't listened to David Sedaris, this is a great place to start. It highlights his wit, and it's good to have the audience responding to his pieces. Plus, it has one of his best pieces, "6 to 8 Black Men", and his first draf
Donna Barnes
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying : I LOVE DAVID SEDARIS' WRITING!!!!!! We listened to this on our way to San Diego last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. It includes some new stuff we hadn't heard, esp. about his sister Lisa (the one who doesn't like the writing to be about her!) and updates on other family members, and this cd also includes "Six to Eight Black Men" about St. Nicholas traditions in a foreign country! a hoot! and a short question and answer thing --- and that is just like at his "concerts" - ...more
Abbie Olson
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've actually read many of the essays from this reading, but I love the cadence of Sedaris's voice, and I personally think that listening to him read his own stuff may actually be better than doing the reading myself. ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Listened to this, which is my preferred method of "reading" Sedaris. Funny as always but most of the material was repeated from one or more of his books. Which I tend to reread, so that's fine, but was hoping for a few more new bits. ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun listen. Much of it was from books I had already listened to, but there was some new info there and as always, it is just fun to hear David Sedaris speak! Can you tell I'm a fan? His quirky sense of humor and his self-deprecation are just amusing to me. I give this a thumbs up! ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, audio
Loved hearing what, in my opinion, is one of David Sedaris' greatest endings out loud. "Forgive me. Forgive me. Forgive me." As a nonfiction writer myself, I feel that ending right in my chest. (He's as funny as usual, but that ending to me is one of the best serious things he's ever written.) ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What better way to settle in for a night of HYGGE than with David Sedaris live at Carnegie Hall? None!

Laugh out loud and let your belly rock and roll, as Sedaris tells it like it is for him.

Capital FUN.
Sarah Piper
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
The funniest collection of David's stories. And I LOVE listening to him read these live.

6-8 Black Men is still one of my favorite stories ... but this whole collection might be my favorite so far. The entire thing had me laughing out loud.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio of Sedaris at Carnegie Hall. I had to pull the car over and catch my breath I was laughing so hard! Loved every story...Thanks, Stadium Pal!!
Carol Taylor
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listening to David Sedaris is always a treat but especially when he is performing in front of an audience at Carnegie Hall. Short, fun listen for a road trip!
Very funny. Even though the sketches are from many years ago, the tales hold timeless truths about people. Listen to it!
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an audio, not a book. Hilarious.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
David Sedaris (humor) on audio.
I've heard most of these stories before, but they never get old. This is a great collection.
In my humble opinion
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
David Sedaris is always a treat, especially to listen to.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can’t wait to see him live this winter!
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David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist and radio contributor.

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand Diaries." He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Fa

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