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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course!) with a quadriplegic companion. Through it all is Sedaris' unmistakable voice, without a doubt one of the freshest in American writing.
©1997 David Sedaris; (P)1998, 2001 Time Warner AudioBooks
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Critic Reviews

"Sidesplitting." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Genuinely funny, at times hilarious....Makes for a smashing use of audio as a unique entertainment medium....Highly likable and spirited throughout...makes a case for audio as its own special form." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sedaris is a gifted satirist with an uncanny knack for re-creating dialogue and revealing fantasies....Brutally honest and brilliantly eloquent, Sedaris is positively tonic." (Booklist)
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By Sabina on 03-20-14

the best time ever spent

If you could sum up Naked in three words, what would they be?

I loved it.

What other book might you compare Naked to and why?

You can't really compare his unique style to other writers. It's very engaging and funny without being self-absorbed.

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By Paul on 03-24-06

Even better in audio

I had read 'Holidays on Ice' and 'Dress your family...' and thought them tremendously funny and clever. However, hearing the author (and his sister) adds a whole new dimension to his writing. In fact, I think I'll be getting the audio versions the books I've already read. Sad, funny, mordant and completely unique.

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By Sue McW on 03-03-13

Wickedly Witty

If you have read David Sedaris before, then you will enjoy the witty sense of humour and out of the ordinary subject matter - his take on the world is always entertaining. If you have listened to his live recordings on e.g. Radio 4 - his reading style on these audiobooks is not as lively, but still amusing.

Would recommend.

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By Karen on 06-26-14

Not that funny

What would have made Naked better?

The story telling. It was dark humour I guess but I had read previous reviews that said it was laugh out loud stuff.

What was most disappointing about David Sedaris’s story?

They were just a series of stories that didn't string together in any way. I

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He told the story with the same monotone voice. The female narrator was better.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Naked?

The opening scenes where David portrays himself growing up did him no favours.

Any additional comments?

Not my favourite book. Although I do wonder if some of his other work would be better.

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