Holidays on Ice

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: David Sedaris
Narrator: David Sedaris , Amy Sedaris
Genres: Comedy
Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
Published In: October 2001
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Holidays on Ice collects six of David Sedaris's most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as a last-minute coaster or ice scraper. This drinking man's companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the backseat of a van or police car. It should be read with your eyes, felt with your heart, and heard only when spoken to. It should, in short, behave much like a book. And, oh, what a book it is

Reviews (17)

Holidays on Ice

Written by Anonymous on February 24th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Absolutely hilarious in his observations, David Sedaris is entertaining as always. The 3rd disk gets a bit too bizarre, otherwise I would have given this 5 stars, but definitely worth reading/listening to. Very entertaining.


Written by Mary on June 5th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I love irony and satire, but this was just painful. David Sedaris at Carnegie Hall was hilarious--the only other thing I have heard of his, so it's not that I was tired of him. But couldn't wait for this one to end. Kept hoping to hear something funny in it. It started out making me feel sad, and sad would have been better than the way I felt when it was over.

Bad Music

Written by Anonymous on August 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The stories were enjoyable and it was fun to hear the author read them, but there was HORRIBLE MIDI-produced music all throughout which really detracted from my enjoyment as a whole.

Good, not great

Written by ML from Carrollton, TX on December 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Not Sedaris' best, but not bad either. Only 3 CDs so it makes for a quick distraction. If you haven't read any Sedaris yet and think his humor sounds right for you, check out 'Naked' or 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' first.

Tired of Sedaris

Written by Anonymous on October 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Perhaps I've just read and listened to this author once too often. It may be a good book but I can't tell. I'm just tired of the author's sense of humor. It's no longer new.

Holidays on Ice

Written by DF on October 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The few pieces where Sedaris writes from his own life are up to his usual hilarious standard. The best is the piece where his otherwise humdrum sister rescues a streetwalker she met at her restaurant job, and the streetwalker regales Sedaris' mother and children around the family table, inspiring envy in the author. But when he writes in the persona of characters he loathes--a mini-series producer, or a very conspicuous consumer, for example--the funny self-deprecating twist is gone. The concept is funny for about a minute but then becomes painful. He is still sharp, a keen judge of human foibles, but the shrillness of his satire starts to take on the sound of a dentist's drill.

Holidays on Ice

Written by Pamela Christensen from Long Beach, CA on May 31st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was laughing so hard, I had to hold on to my steering wheel! Hysterical! The funniest Christmas cd of all! Loved it and plan on buying it for family members for Christmas presents.


Written by Jane on February 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

As always, David Sedaris is amazingly entertaining. After listening to "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim" I decided to give this book a shot also. The Elf story is so funny I was laughing out loud in my car and was afraid people driving next to me would think I had some sort of mental problem. I love the fact that Sedaris reads his own books, it makes them so much more funny. I would recommend this, as well as any other David Sedaris books to anyone and everyone.

Holidays on Ice

Written by Susan Kitchen from Washington, DC on November 14th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

David Sedaris consistently entertains. Everyone's family is nuts, but not everyone makes a living at it. He is honest, funny, and inspirational to those who have or have had similar problems with their families, friends, bosses teachers or minds. It is very hard not to laugh out hard and loud on the subway when listening to David's recounts of daily living.

Great Book

Written by Jenn from Ashburn, VA on November 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was fantastic. It was a warm welcome after I struggled through "The Art of Happiness at Work". This is the first time I have ever "read" David Sedaris and I love his humor. I love his sister too. Amy Sedaris was on the short sitcom "Strangers with Candy". I would definately recommend this book if you have a good sense of humor. There are some dark points, but still funny. His voice is a little annoying, but you learn to get use to it.

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.