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Publisher's Summary

There’s no right way to keep a diary, but if there’s an entertaining way, David Sedaris seems to have mas­tered it.

If it’s navel-gazing you’re after, you’ve come to the wrong place; ditto treacly self-examination. Rather, his observations turn outward: a fight between two men on a bus, a fight between two men on the street, pedestrians being whacked over the head or gathering to watch as a man considers leap­ing to his death. There’s a dirty joke shared at a book signing, then a dirtier one told at a dinner party - lots of jokes here. Plenty of laughs.

These diaries remind you that you once really hated George W. Bush, and that not too long ago, Donald Trump was just a harm­less laughingstock, at least on French TV. Time marches on, and Sedaris, at his desk or on planes, in hotel dining rooms and odd Japanese inns, records it. The entries here reflect an ever-changing background - new administrations, new restrictions on speech and conduct. What you can say at the start of the book, you can’t by the end. At its best, A Carnival of Snackery is a sort of sampler: the bitter and the sweet. Some entries are just what you wanted. Others you might want to spit discreetly into a napkin.

©2021 David Sedaris (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

“Sedaris is a singularly talented humorist who lands acerbic zingers with the calculating precision of a kamikaze pilot.... Throughout the colorful, caustic yarns that fill his best-selling essay and story collections, he’s maintained league-of-his-own status by staying light on his feet: Just when you’re expecting a wry jab, he clocks you with a poignant gut punch.” (Rachel Rosenblit, Washington Post)

“Deeply satisfying.... the diaries are as clear, direct and funny as his essays.... [Sedaris] has such a gift for illuminating small things.” (Liana Finck, New York Times Book Review)

 “Uproarious… a must for Sedaris fans.” (Lesley Kennedy, CNN)

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Tracey Ullman?

Tracey Ullman is great, but I buy David Sedaris audiobook to hear them read by... David Sedaris! I own all his other books and I listen to them all the time. His voice and timing are hilarious; I just love him. I'm so disappointed with the choice to have Ullman read half of the stories. I had to return it.

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Why the hell would you let anyone else narrated a David Sedaris book?!?

I listen to all of his books, emphasise on *Listen* because I love his voice and delivery. I have been waiting patiently for this one to come out, fantasising on how I would hear his voice and crack up to myself and now I listen to this and am so so bummed out. No offence to Tracy, David’s voice just puts me in a comfort state and I was looking forward to that, such a drag.

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It’s only funny in David’s voice

I couldn’t finish listening to this bc it wasn’t read by David, himself. Please redo this audible properly.

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disappointed

I've been waiting so long for this book. I adore David Sedaris. I have some of his books almost mesmerized I've listened to them so many times. His timing and pace come through in his telling of his stories.
I also love Tracy Ullman . I appreciate her genius as well but I wanted to cry when I found out David would not be narrating this whole book.
people flock to see David to hear his genius and timing.
it is still funny well written wordsmith from Sedaris just not the same

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What a waste..

Ive been waiting for the next Sedaris book! I love his voice.It is soothing and his comedic timing?Fabulous! Ullman is great at what she does,but it does NOT work with Sedaris' comedy. Im returning it.Sorry David!

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Why use another narrator. Ugh

David David David. Don’t you know I fall asleep to your voice every night. Now I have stories with Tracy speaking. Ugh.

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Mistake to use another narrator

It's great, until Tracey Ullman narrates, then it falls apart. Using her was a serious miscalculation. It makes no sense, and breaks the flow.

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Switching of Narrators is Jarring

As with the other reviews... It's a narration issue. I like Tracey Ullman's delivery, but the fact that it just goes back and forth really throws me. It's also distracting because I keep translating what she's saying into David Sedaris's voice. She's an excellent narrator, but I buy David Sedaris audiobooks specifically to hear him read them.

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Half is good, half is salty disappointment

I wanted to give the narration by Tracey Ullman a chance, despite reading all the bad reviews... I was curious to experience the authors creative vision with her reading. But, it felt like going to visit my beloved uncle and being greeted by a stranger he's hired to host you for the holidays. I didn't realize how attached to Sedaris's narrationI was until I my ears puckered like slugs poured over by salt as Ullman took over! NO! I love the Sedaris narrated ones, though, give me that familiar joy.

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Not for me

I’ve always been a Sedaris fan and excitedly preorder his every book. Was disappointed with the last one that was just diary entries. So now we have another book of diary entries?? Is he done writing now? Is this all he’s ever going to do?

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