Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (audio review)


David Safaris does it again with his short stories of his life in laugh out loud humorous ways.  Always witty, from trying to learn French, a cashiers creepy long fingernails, to the hard decisions he had to make about his cat…. David dares you to try to keep a straight face!

Ok, first off if you tell me you have read Sedaris I am going to flat out tell you you don’t know Sedaris.  In fact, I may put in a few hip hop moves and add some slang like ” You ain’t no friend of Sedaris – you don’t know him!”  I may even push you with my pointer finger in your chest.

Now, I am not a mean person – quite the contrary, but I have to say that if you have not listened to Sedaris on audio – which he narrates himself.  Well…

you are missing out. 

I listed to Sedaris a few weeks back and was hooked.  In his funny, witty, matter of fact tone he shares the happenings of his life which as we know – not everyone can pull off.  This is no invitation to come over and watch 4 hours of slides of a family member from a recent vacation with 28 different shots of little Billy peeing in the pool… oh no, David Sedaris had me laughing out loud.


“Every day we’re told that we live in the greatest country on earth. And it’s always stated as an undeniable fact: Leos are born between July 23 and August 22, fitted queen-size sheets measure sixty by eighty inches, and America is the greatest country on earth. Having grown up with this in our ears, it’s startling to realize that other countries have nationalistic slogans of their own, none of which are ‘We’re number two!”
― David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day


“At the end of a miserable day, instead of grieving my virtual nothing, I can always look at my loaded wastepaper basket and tell myself that if I failed, at least I took a few trees down with me.”
― David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day


“Unlike my father, who blindly churned out one canvas after another, I had real ideas about the artistic life. Seated at my desk, my beret as tight as an acorn’s cap, I projected myself into the world represented in the art books I’d borrowed from the public library. Leafing past the paintings, I would admire the photographs of the artists seated in their garrets, dressed in tattered smocks and frowning in the direction of their beefy nude models…”



I highly recommend giving David’s books a try.  He is occasionally vulgar in language, but if that doesn’t bother you, you will find a great listen in Sedaris.


14 thoughts on “Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (audio review)

  1. I think I could handle some filthy language for the chance to laugh and consider something new. 🙂 Great review, if I do read this one it will definitely be ‘via audiobook’ thanks to your recommendation.

  2. I adore Sedaris and I’ve only once done the print book – audio is amazing! I always recommend him to people who want to get into audiobooks, and I make sure to listen to ‘Holidays on Ice’ at least once every Christmas season.

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