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Naked Audiobook

Naked

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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

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

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    Karen Central Victoria 26/06/2014
    Karen Central Victoria 26/06/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sabina
    Spain
    20/03/14
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    "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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  • Paul
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    24/03/06
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sue McW
    UK
    3/03/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • N
    United Kingdom
    19/12/12
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    "Listening pleasure"

    I downloaded Naked after listening to David Sedaris on BBC Radio 4. This is an exellent audio book and made what is normally a monotonous commute to work highly enjoyable. I caught myself chuckling away on the bus many times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Wales, UK
    13/03/16
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    "Short and a bit disjointed"

    I love David Sedaris' other audio books but this was very short and for one credit was pricey compared to others. I preferred 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' and 'Dress Your Family in Corduroy'. The stories didn't flow as well as the others, although they are very well told as is David Sedaris' usual style. I enjoyed Amy Sedaris' inclusion on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    17/10/15
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    "Sad, funny, brilliant"

    This is the first time I have 'read'/listened to David Sedaris and it won't be the last. He is superbly and gut-wrenchingly sad, funny and brilliant in his observations about the everyday weirdness of life - his own and his family's. Listening was like therapy - I see my own family's weirdness in an entirely new light!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    6/09/15
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    "Very dry, witty and made me laugh out loud"

    Having never heard of DS until recently I decided to get one of his audiobooks to try out. I began with "naked" and wasn't disappointed. In fact, I couldn't put it down. It's a very entertaining reading from him and his talented actress sister Amy. I recommend this for entertainment and a cheer up. I am off to download another of his books now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madeleine
    26/06/15
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    "Hyper real and hysterical"

    Stringently contained drama, intimately open with shocking attention to detail. Conveys a kind of lateral compassion than impacts humane and humorous and is ultimately liberating to engage with. Fantastic writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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