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David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,583 ratings  ·  145 reviews
If you were lucky enough to have caught a performance on David Sedaris's most recent sold-out, 34-city tour, you already know that David Sedaris Live For Your Listening Pleasure is a must-have album! If you didn't hear it live and in person, then you're in for a treat-hilarious brand-new recordings from performances in Denver, New York, Durham, LA, and Atlanta, in one conv ...more
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Published November 24th 2009 by Hachette Audio
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Heather Alderman
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been curious about david Sedaris's writings for a while, but never picked one up. Then I was at the library needing a very quick audiobook as I waited for another one to come in. This was hilarious, I was laughing so hard I was crying. I will definitely be picking up more from him. ...more
cat
Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another fabulous reminder NOT to listen to David Sedaris while on public transit, lest all of the other riders begin to slowly creep away from you as you chortle, snort, and then eventually laugh loudly and for a good length of time as David describes a well-intentioned trip to Costco with his brother in law that ends with a cart full of condoms (in the hundreds) and strawberries. Seriously. Don't listen to this in public. ...more
Rachel England-Brassy
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
ooo lordy!
I've never listened to Mr. Sedaris before and what a treat it is - highly recommend for your listening pleasure, coming in your ears sometime soon I hope. :P
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Jason X
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books, 2017
My first exposure to Sedaris' work though I had heard of him. I will definitely read more.

This is not really a book per se, though it is mostly the author reading his stories to a live audience. If you like podcasts that are humorous, thoughtful, irreverent and personally human you will enjoy. I think it's only about 3 hours.

My favorite stories were '6 to 8 Black Guys', which made me laugh so hard my side hurt and 'Kookaburra', which is sublime.

Audiobook quality is A.
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Perri
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is only available in audio , of course, but it's a good reminder why I love to hear Sedaris read his own material. His dry delivery, just makes his material all the more funny. I had to shut it off a few times because I was laughing so hard. I can see why it would offend some listeners, but I loved his irreverence and self deprecating humor! ...more
Geetha
I listened to this paired with "Live at Carnegie Hall," 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. "Innocence Abroad" was probably my favorite on this one, especially because Sedaris says this is a never-aired This American Life story, and I swear I remember Ira Glass talking one one episode about pretentious ways to say the word "Nicaragua." Did he steal tha ...more
Rachelle
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
Had me embarrassingly laughing in the tram, walking down the street and into my living room.
Chandler
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book that managed to fill me with laughter. While it was somewhat disjointed in terms of a theme, and even location in where it was recorded. it was still fun to hear all of these stories. This is definitely not the last time I will listen to David Sedaris, which by the way, is the only way to experience his books. These simply have to be listened too. I give it a four out of five.
Seamus
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The thing is if it’s a David Sedaris book I’m gonna like it!!! Haha I’ve heard a lot of these stories, the kookaburra song story is my favorite, but the other one I like is the Costco book tour! I swear his writing is so fun and I find it amazing!
Alyssa
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I can only take so much Sedaris, but this compilation of live reading of his work was a great sampling (if you don’t know his work) and definitely made me chuckle out loud a few times. Was short enough to not make me lose interest.
Shelly (Michele) Smits
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
David Sedaris can get me laughing and feeling alright with the world, even on my most stressful or depressing days. Those endorphins released are better than any pharmaceutical medicine I take!! Thank you for letting me inside your life, described with such creative words of hilarity!! 😂
Heidi
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very fun! Laughed out loud a few times, which says a lot if you are of German descent.
Laura
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Listened to this in the car. Kept our attention and made us laugh a lot!
Bonnie
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know he’s funny, you know he’s funny but this is hilarious, laugh out loud selections of his work.
Vicky
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very funny. Makes lawn chores almost bearable.
Heather
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laughed and laughed and laughed. Smart and witty. Loved it.
Marie Braz
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anything that makes me laugh until I cry deserves five stars.
Rebecca L. Constantino
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Witty as always and brings humor the most basic and simple actions and interactions in his daily life.
Elaine
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Too funny....Love his work.
Alicia L. Johnson
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Entertaining and a few laugh out loud moments.
Kelly Whitt
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good mix of things I’d heard before and things that were new to me. He’s always enjoyable.
Happy
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oooooh I laughed our loud so many times!!!! *Still smiling.*
Beth
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightfully funny
Sheila Hall
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should listen to David Sedaris at least once. Laughter is the best medicine.
Linda W
Audiobook. It is almost the same as another audiobook by sedaris.
Carly
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short listen with some funny stories (as always!).
Valerie
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Audiobook. Always a delight.
Amanda Barker
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
So fun. Sedaris is best read with your ears.
Susan Kelley
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, audio
I have two chief complaints about this audio book. The first is that the editing was a little wonky. At times I had to wonder if the audio skipped a section altogether, only to realize that when the recording was pieced together, it was done poorly. I wonder why his performance wasn't just recorded in its entirety.

My second complaint is a biggy. This audio book was too danged short! I wanted more of his stories. His writing and reading style made me feel like I was listening to him tell a story
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Marianne
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure consists of David Sedaris reading five of his essays. Cat and Baboon is one of his animal fables, a cat being groomed at the baboon’s salon before a party; Author, Author details some of Sedaris’s book tours, including a hilarious visit to CostCo; Innocence Abroad, a hysterical piece on people who pronounce foreign names “authentically”; Laugh, Kookaburra is an amusing description of his visit to Australia, his interaction with a kookaburra and the ...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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