Audio Performance: David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure
Summary: If you were lucky enough to have caught a performance on David Sedaris’s most recent sold-out, 34-city tour, you already know thatDavid 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.
Thoughts: I picked this audio performance up from the library to hold me over until I get Sedaris’s new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls. Live For Your Listening Pleasure is exactly the way I like Sedaris: relating his personal stories in front of a live audience. I’ve listened to him narrate his own book before, so I’m used to his voice. He has a special cadence and rhythm that I don’t get through reading alone.
His observations on life are funny and dark. He approaches both himself and the people around him with the honesty most of us dismiss in the name of common courtesy. I’ve seen the link on twitter a lot this past week, but if you haven’t watched it, take a look at Sedaris on The Daily Show (embedded below). The video is him at the top of his game and the humor is exactly what you will find in his writing. (You can also watch a video of Sedaris reading from 50 Shades of Gray. O.o)
Moments I Loved: Sedaris relates a story of being annoyed by how well an acquaintance picks up French. The friend begins speaking to him in French and Sedaris responds in Japanese.
WTF Moments: There are a lot. That is mostly why I like David Sedaris.
Narrators: I’ve come to really enjoy listening to Sedaris narrate his own stories. I was thrown off by his voice the first time I heard it, but now that I’m used to it, I know what to expect from his narration as much as from his stories. Plus, this CD was recorded in front of a live audience, which made it even more enjoyable.
Overall: A short intro to Sedaris for those who aren’t familiar with his work, but also a fun piece for long time fans.