When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Sedaris, David

Audiobook CD - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him once more. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine. From armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds to the awkwardness of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a sleeping fellow passenger on a plane, David Sedaris uses life's most bizarre moments to reach new heights in understanding love and fear, family and strangers. Culminating in a brilliantly funny account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection will be avidly anticipated.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Audio, p2008
ISBN: 9781600241826
Branch Call Number: CD- 814.5 S447w
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in


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Whenevery I want a good laugh I listen to a David Sedaris book. This particular collection has stories that are so hilarious I almost wished they happened to me, but ultimately I'm happy they didn't becuase then it wouldn't be as funny...would it. - Susan

A collection of essays celebrates the foibles of the author's everyday life in France and America, from an attempt to make coffee with water from a flower vase to a drug purchase in a North Carolina mobile home. Also available in downloadable audio book.

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Jan 11, 2015
  • sanderoo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good book, kept my interest for 10 hours of driving, well done!

Nov 11, 2013
  • Dundas10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Took it on my drive to Montreal. Had a driveway moment when I arrived.
My friends thought I was crying in my car... I was laughing!

Sep 12, 2013
  • JOANNA M BLACK rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Consistently great, Sedaris does it again with this group of essays encompassing his skillful wit, humor, and emotion. It is such a joy to hear Sedaris read his own work, as he animates the text like no other, making one feel as if he is telling the story just for you. Definitely recommend.

Jun 29, 2011
  • photogrrlkp rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Be very, VERY careful where you listen to this. In the privacy of your own home or car - go for it. Walking down the street or on the bus through headphones - be careful, you run the risk of either choking from trying to not laugh, or get some strange looks for laughing like a loon for no apparent reason.

Jun 28, 2011
  • chgarland rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's David Sedaris reading his own essays. They're funny, sometimes sweet, mostly witty and intelligent. It's pretty much what you would expect; fortunately, that's pretty darned good.


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Sep 12, 2013
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