• Me Talk Pretty One Day

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-30-00
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (7,370 ratings)

Regular price: $19.38

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Publisher's Summary

David Sedaris' new collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes ("There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch") and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist ("The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever") to "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris' career leads him to New York City and eventually, of all places, France. His move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a "spooky man-child" capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter.
©2000 by David Sedaris, All Rights Reserved (P)2000 by Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
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Critic Reviews

"At his best, he makes you laugh out loud, which indeed may be worth the price of admission." (The New York Times)
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4 out of 5 stars
By FanB14 on 09-03-12

Subtly Funny Musings on Life Experiences

This is my first Sedaris book and chuckled throughout. The book isn't a straightforward novel, but a compilation of different events/periods in his life coupled with live performances. It's deeply reflective and humorous in a subtle manner. Highly recommend and can't wait to download his other titles.

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43 of 48 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Mops on 12-06-15

Couldn't get into it

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I thought I would give this book a chance after all the great reviews. Just couldn't get into it, yes, I laughed a few times, but in between it's just a little boring to me. I listened to about half of the book and as soon as I got my next credit I just never went back...... :(

What was most disappointing about David Sedaris’s story?

That I didn't care about it, and I am really easy to entertain usually, maybe I just listened to it at the wrong time. May give it another try in a few months.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It's just pretty monotone and slow for me.

Was Me Talk Pretty One Day worth the listening time?

As I said, I stopped after half the book.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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