Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

Essays, Etc

Sedaris, David

Audiobook CD - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
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From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten. "From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten" -- from publisher's web site.

Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781619696990
1619696991
Branch Call Number: CD- 814.5 S447L
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (ca. 7 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in

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Actually, listen to or read anything by David Sedaris. Short, salty and funny essays that are especially good on audiobook.

Traces the author's offbeat world travel experiences, which involved surreal encounters with everything from French dentistry and Australian kookaburra eating habits to Beijing squat toilets and a wilderness Costco in North Carolina. Also available in downloadable audio book.


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Jan 27, 2015
  • nrmansfield rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Taxidermy

Aug 08, 2014

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Having never read anything else by Sedaris before, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew he wrote short stories about his own experiences, and that they were supposed to be funny. I chose the audio book, and I'm so glad I did: Sedaris was reading the stories himself, and I feel that really added to them. He's a great story teller, and I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another one of his books."

Jun 29, 2014
  • Bugalugs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent writing that is engaging and interesting. I loved this book, especially as it was read by the author. It's a real treasure with something for everyone!

May 21, 2014

I have no idea how to download this. Confusing.

Dec 29, 2013
  • pverde9901 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great audio book! Funny!!

Sep 10, 2013
  • JOANNA M BLACK rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

As his latest collection of essays, David Sedaris doesn’t veer far from his tried and true formula of using life as inspiration, or more accurately, his own life as direct subject matter. Mostly non-fiction pieces with a handful of short fiction stories, most of the essays focus on the later years of his life; visiting China, moving to England with his partner, standing in line for coffee (of which Sedaris’ commentary is cynically hilarious), and talking with his father (without the 'mush' of too much sentimentality). I love all Sedaris’ previous works, his tone, and his subjects, and although I am delighted by the pieces included in Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, it lacked some of the comedic energy and youthfulness of his earlier works. No worries though, this is still a fantastic work and worth reading (or listening to).

Jul 10, 2013

I am a big fan, but I think this book had some essays which could have been better edited. Also he sounded angrier and/or frustrated in some of these essays (e.g. essays which included his father and the waiting in line for coffee one) I miss the light touches he had in his earlier works. I also prefer his readings when there is an audience.

Jun 25, 2013
  • stclaireh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

David Sedaris is back in great form in this collection of personal essays and short fiction pieces. If you're a Sedaris fan, you'll find much to like here, including his trademark neuroticism, more tales of his nutty family, and his observations being an American abroad, now based in England rather than France.

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Jun 29, 2014
  • Bugalugs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 25, 2013
  • stclaireh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

States vote to take away my marriage rights, and even though I don't want to get married, it tends to hurt my feelings. I guess what bugs me is that it was put to a vote in the first place. If you don't want to marry a homosexual, then don't. But what gives you the right to weigh in on your neighbor's options? It's like voting whether or not redheads should be allowed to celebrate Christmas.

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