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David Sedaris - 14 CD Boxed Set

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,868 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Hailed by The New Yorker as one of the funniest writers in America, "whose satirical brazenness holds up to Twain and Nathanael West, " David Sedaris has delighted National Public Radio listeners for years. Now, for the first time on CD and in a convenient box set, he gives voice to his biting sensibility.Barrel Fever and others Stories is Sedaris' first collection of comi ...more
Audio CD, 948 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing
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Nordy
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, audio
This box set includes the audio books of Sedaris's Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Me Talk Pretty One Day.

Even if you have read any of Sedaris's work, I would highly suggest listening to the audio of him reading it. There is no substitute for listening to the inflection he gives his own personal stories and the characters his sister Amy creates with her voice are awesome. Several of the stories are read live.

Some of my favorite quotes from the books:

Barrel Fever: "If you're looking f
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Nicole Marble
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'My sisters, stuffed with sausages.......'
Who can resist someone who writes a sentence like that?
Having just suffered through Anthony Bourdains 'Medium Raw', my favorite story is Sedaris commenting on trying to get an ordinary meal in NYC that isn't 'tarted up' in the ultra hip terribly cool fashion of haute haute cuisine.
This is a LONG collection of Sedaris' monologues, him improving in time.
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thewestchestarian
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Uneven in approach and execution. Like Louis C.K. Sedaris shoots as much as for poignancy as comedy and probably hits as much as he misses. While never laugh out loud funny, some of the stories stand out as very humorous including those around his time as an elf in Macy's Santa's workshop and his halting attempts to learn French after moving there with his boyfriend. The Macy's stories play less for laughs and more for social commentary including some patron's asking to avoid Santas of African-A ...more
Verona Barr
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not a book, but a wry and irreverent look at his life by the author. Not to mention, very funny!
Kaz
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
This box set includes:
BARREL FEVER AND OTHER STORIES
HOLIDAYS ON ICE
NAKED
ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY with a full hour of bonus tracks not available on cassette
***above description is from Amazon.

I wander if ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY, CD version, includes the bonus part or not. This is a huge doses of David Sedaris. If you are new to David Sedaris, you should probably try out with some other, like "When You Are Engulfed In Frame" to test if you can laugh his humor.

I have listened "Barrel Fever and Other S
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Leslie
Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, audiobooks
This CD set is so great. I hope somebody buys me this for Christmas. This is the complete set of the Sedaris canon, completely narrated by David Sedaris himself. There's just something about an author that reads his own work. It brings it to life in a way that no one else can. I love the voices he does for his sister, his parents, and especially his redneck brother "The Rooster". That and the fact that his stories are always twisted and hilarious and that his family is totally dysfunctional and ...more
Jim
Mar 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Like, holy shit.

Listening to David Sedaris is exponentially better than the already goddamned hilarious experience of reading him. That voice. That phrasing. That delivery. It's everything that's good about radio and the oral tradition, and it reminds of how Sedaris attained popularity in the first place -- through his NPR pieces that ended up being the 'Holidays on Ice' book.

Really, I recommend this far more than reading his books. It sounds cheap, but I would probably not say this of any other
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Missmath144
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This box set includes Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. It's unabridged, but I think that means it's the unabridged box set, not necessarily an unabridged version of all of the above, because they named a person who was responsible for selecting the essays. Anyway, it was the usual great Sedaris humor. Great for falling asleep to because I could just start on the next side the next day, and it didn't matter if I had missed the end of one story while falling off to ...more
Kam
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very funny, interesting, and unique guy.

Very often he uses his real life, and it's fun and quirky, and his viewpoint is sensitive, break sometimes, and worth hearing.

I listened to the audio of this just before I went to bed. and I'd be lying there, laughing out loud!

The odd part of him: Last night, he started talking about touching stranger's heads, like it's the most normal thing in the world, and it got really creepy. Like, you're the one with OCD fella, not me; because the assumption is that
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Kitchengrrl
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
I listened to Me Talk Pretty One Day and it was good, but I didn't enjoy it as much as Dress Your Family in Cordoroy and Denim. Started Holidays on Ice, which I've heard about for years and been very enthusiastic about, and it just wasn't working for me. Got halfway through it before the due date and I picked up another book I'm more excited about. Don't think I'll be listening to any more of Mr. Sedaris. :P ...more
Su
Jan 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was actually the first audio cassette book I had listened to, and it certainly hooked me. Not only did I find the hours of driving seemingly evaporate, I found myself arriving at my destination in a better mood. I laughed so hard at some of his stories, but also was touched my sadness at the levels of despair he can relate with his words. I love his writing.
Laura
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of Sedaris's writing, do yourself a favor and purchase his audio books. Great for passing the time on a long drive, or entertaining yourself in lieu of TV, these stories read by the author and his sister Amy are not mere reading but a form of performance art. Absolutely hilarious voice impressions, comic timing, and so on. ...more
Shannon
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This was given to me as a gift and is the perfect thing to listen to while you do any activity that doesn't allow you a book in your hand. Off the wall and with amazing personality, Sedaris and sister Sedaris do a great job reading with voices and attitude. ...more
Ryan
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the books first and thoroughly enjoyed them, but when you hear him read the stories it gives them a voice far exceeding anything I could have imagined (literally and figuratively). I recommend this if you have or have not read them.
kt
Jun 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
For some reason I can't completely jump on the Sedaris bandwagon. For every piece that I absolutely love, there are 2 or 3 that I really don't care for. The audiobooks are recommended over the books, however, particularly to hear his Billie Holiday impressions and sister Amy's character voices. ...more
Jennifer
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall, I love David Sedaris. I will say that there were some stories of his in the middle of the set that I didn't care for, so I fast forwarded past them. Then there were stories I just love, and they were as good as always! ...more
kathryn
Mar 17, 2007 rated it liked it
this isn't a book! the only thing that beats reading a david sedaris story is david sedaris reading his own story. ...more
Matthew Cepress
This is a comp. of Sedaris' stuff on CD. It's been my friend and travel companion on many a long drive. I especially enjoy hearing Amy Sedaris read as well because she's lovely and kooky all at once. ...more
Meghan
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic audio collection, in heavy rotation in my car's CD player. ...more
Michelle Taylor
Sep 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
One of the only cases I know for listening over reading an authors work. He makes my world a better place.
Mathew
Sep 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
If you travel, as I used to, this is perfect for those long drives. I have taken trips where I have listened to this front to back. Sedaris' voice adds great depth to his stories. ...more
Amber
Oct 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is possibly THE funniest thing I've ever heard in my life! I will laugh just thinking about this. The stories are funny and they can only be read by the author - he's a hoot! ...more
Sara
Nov 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how people read David Sedaris. Listen to him and it will change your entire perspective on his work. ...more
Carl
Dec 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
I enjoy David Sedaris' books a million times more when he reads them. Me Talk Pretty One Day (with Amy Sedaris playing their brother Paul) is funny enough to justify purchasing the entire box set. ...more
Jean Fauntleroy
Jan 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006-2009
heard a few discs from a friend. as special as his voice is i really did love it. his voice fits his words. lucky him (duh)
Greg
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this entire collection. Most of all the occasional live readings. However, the copy I have is Kelly's, and I've probably had it around five years now. ...more
Jennifer
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
These are a great listen. We saw David live in Denver a few years back. He is a master story teller. His stories are funny but some boarder on disturbing. Start with the santa land diaries.
Meadow
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Don't get me wrong, David Sedaris is a fabulous writer, but hearing him actually TELL the stories is like a thousand times better. This is on both my iPods. BOTH of them, that is how great it is. ...more
Devon
Mar 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
I think I enjoy listening to Sedaris more than I like reading him. Either way is good, but this is just an added dimension of good.
Solveig Haugland
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Stomach hurt when i laughed. It's the story about trying to explain easter in halting french to a non-christian....so much pain and memories of my own time in france. ...more
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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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