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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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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another entertaining sedaris book

joined by his sister amy who i love doing bit roles this is a disapointly small 3 chapter book. and the titular third chapter on being a nudist is also the weakest third of the book. david has an incredibly gifted wit and insight into his human condition that we can all relate too. poignant he finds comedy in mundane tragedies this is the second book of his I've listened too and undoubtedly I will enjoy everything else he has done.

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Really good, as usual!

I have a few by this author, and he never disappoints. Funny, poignant and never boring.

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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.

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  • Sabina
  • 20-03-2014

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
  • 24-03-2006

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.

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  • Sue McW
  • 03-03-2013

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.

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  • N
  • 19-12-2012

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.

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  • Pen Name
  • 24-10-2020

Sublime

There’s nothing about this book that I didn’t love. Funny and sad, it’s one I look forward to listening to again.

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  • mrs alison bethell collins
  • 28-09-2020

Absolutely hilarious and so addictive!

I just cannot recommend David Sedaris enough - he is incisive, witty in the extreme, sensitive and so downright funny you just can’t get enough of him. I only wish I knew him and could spend time with him as I know we would become friends for life!

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  • Elizabeth D.
  • 07-08-2020

Many a tall tale is truths

The start of many a good listen David Sedaris is acerbic hysterical and a bit of a fibber lol

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  • Lara
  • 24-06-2020

Truly a delight

I love David Sedaris, his writing is truthful, engaging, light and funny. I empathize with all the characters and he makes any subject light without being disrespectful. I love him for that! And he has so much experience reading his books, it shows!

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  • James UK
  • 03-06-2020

Okay

I’m quite the David Sedaris fan: if you are too, then of course you’re going to download this audio book. Personally, I didn’t find Naked to be as ‘laugh out loud’ as his other works, but it was amusing nonetheless.

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  • LJS
  • 28-05-2019

It says optional but you can't submit without a he

Maybe just aged poorly, but didn't laugh more than once or twice in the first third, before I returned it.

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  • Calico
  • 22-10-2018

So good I need to listen to his entire back catalogue now.

After recently reading Calypso, I decided to revisit some of my favourite Sedaris essays and stories. Audio books are ideal for this task and I find his voice peculiarly soothing. Naked, to me, is in equal parts hilarious and melancholy and I adored revisiting this book whilst walking and tidying and going about my day. On to the next one.

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