David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure

Version: Unabridged
Author: David Sedaris
Narrator: Author
Genres: Essays & Memoirs
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published In: November 2009
Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes
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Overview

If you were lucky enough to have caught a performance on David Sedaris's most recent sold-out, 34-city tour, you already know that David Sedaris Live For Your Listening Pleasure is a must-have album! If you didn't hear it live and in person, then you're in for a treat-hilarious brand-new recordings from performances in Denver, New York, Durham, LA, and Atlanta, in one convenient audiobook collection, on sale November 24 for only $17.98.



From the bold feral rabbits of his French backyard to the eating habits of a carnivorous bird Down Under, Live For Your Listening Pleasure takes listeners on a veritable tour of natural wonders, beginning with a fable, 'Cat and Baboon,' and moving on to the peculiarly American habitat of the 'big-box' store.



'Sedaris's sparkling essays always shimmer more brightly when read aloud by the author. And his expert timing, mimicry and droll asides are never more polished than during live performances in front of an audience.' Publishers Weekly, Starred Review - When You Are Engulfed in Flames



Track Listing:



1: Cat and Baboon (Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado)

2-5: Author, Author (Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City)

6-8: Innocence Abroad (Durham Performing Arts Center, in Durham, North Carolina)

9-13 Laugh, Kookaburra (Royce Hall, UCLA in Los Angeles, California)

14-16: Diary Entries (Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia)

Reviews (3)

Written by Sharon Galliher on February 16th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 1/5

One hour and 15 minutes for a $14.95 charge, I enjoy David Sedaris, but that charge was crazy. Learned my lesson.

Written by on November 19th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Amusing but not side- splitting as some of his other work.

Written by Kristyne Banwart on July 6th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Extremely funny! I really enjoy David's books. They are all hilarious.

Author Details

Author Details

Sedaris, David

David Raymond Sedaris, born in Binghamton, New York on December 26, 1956, is an American humorist. He was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina with his sister Amy Sedaris, a comedic actress and writer. They were raised Greek Orthodox members of a six sibling brood, years that Sedaris references back to constantly in his works. According to his writings, a lisp led to a love of all “s-less” words and to parents worried about his orientation while he was young. Sedaris has written that this all brought to him an incredible vocabulary. His satirical wit comes from a life filled with his own unique experiences and observations in which only he would find humor.

A declared sufferer of OCD while he was younger, Sedaris has written that smoking helped to cure him of the obsessive behaviors. Many criticize Sedaris on these claims while others wonder if he is only being satirical when making them. The privilege Sedaris has now to write and to get noticed did come easily. In 1977, he left both Kent State University and Duke University without a degree but finally earned one in 1987 from the Art Institute of Chicago.

His path to writing fame was a slow one as he had to take on jobs such as house cleaning to support himself. But his hilarious, thoughtful autobiographical works would soon become acclaimed. They were mostly written accounts early on about his teenage and young adult years where he experimented with drugs. Then he began to explore his family ties and his own homosexuality in his material. He has often contributed his short works to The New Yorker and Esquire magazine as well as delivered them on a radio show entitled “This American Life”, a Public Radio International distribution.

He has gained an international audience for his top selling books and collections of stories such as Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked. He was even nominated for a Grammy for the category “Best Spoken Word Album for Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim. He has done gained mainstream attention in the states by doing shows like “The David Letterman Show”. And he was the editor for the book Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.

He and his sister Amy Sedaris are an explosively funny collaborative team. They write under the moniker “The Talent Family”. Many of their works were produced in New York City at The Drama Department and at the Lincoln Center. Brother and sister have created plays like The Book of Liz, Stump the Host as well as One Woman Shoe, an Obie Award-winning play.

David Sedaris has also won several awards on his solo material. He was nominated for Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Comedy Album for David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall. Along with that distinction he received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and was only the third writer to do so. Time magazine in 2001 had even honored him with the title of Humorist of the Year.

Presently, Sedaris resides in France with his partner Hugh Hamrick. However, Sedaris makes several tours throughout the United States on promotional book tours often. For 2008, Sedaris is panning to release a book titled Indefinite Leave to Remain.