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Publisher's Summary

If you are driving, pull over. If you are at work, close your door, unless you don't mind your colleagues seeing you doubled over, in tears, on your office floor. With this recording, taped before a delirious sold out audience at Carnegie Hall, you are there as David Sedaris performs new stories from his upcoming book. A parrot who mimics an ice maker, lovers quarreling over a rubber hand, and a Santa Claus who moonlights from his job as bishop of Turkey, the cast of characters in these stories is like no other. This new work will appeal to David's loyal fans as well as admirers of the classic comedy albums of George Carlin, Bill Cosby, and Steve Martin.

Recorded live on October 22, 2002, in New York City.

©2003 David Sedaris (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Winner, Humor, 2004

"Sedaris's material (Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day) is never funnier than when he's reading it himself." (AudioFile)
"David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall is a rollicking comedic masterpiece...this recording will deservedly take its rightful place among the best comedy albums of our time." (AudiobooksTODAY.com)
"As uproarious as Sedaris is on the page, he's even funnier reading his wickedly jaundiced reflections. With brilliant deadpan timing, Sedaris is a charm." (Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall

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Just Like Being There

The thing about a David Sedaris reading, even at Carnegie Hall, is that he stands behind a podium and reads. It's not a physical performance, per se, so listening to the recording is about as good as the experience of being there. And that is very good indeed. Sedaris delivers a largely deadpan reading of hilarious and insightful material, from true family stories to wild fantasies. Audiences are in stitches from start to finish, and you will be, too. Although it's difficult to choose, this is some of his very best work.

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Material that exists on other books.

I'm a huge David Sedaris fan, and enjoyed the other two audio books on Audible by the same. However, this live performance is to be skipped, as it has material from the other two books on it. The only difference is that on this version, you get to hear audience reaction, which is fun. Still, I wish I'd saved my money for when audible posts Naked or another Sedaris book.

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An absolute pick-me-up

This was one of the the funniest audio books I've ever heard, another one being Sedaris' "Me Talk Pretty One Day." This one is quite short, but I'll keep it just to play again for friends. Having just finished a book of a weightier subject matter, this was a great break. It was nice to be smiling when I got to work.

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Don't drive while listening to this book

There were times we were laughing so hard that we couldn't breathe or see. Watch your driving.

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Absolutely Hysterical

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time...and just from listening to a guy read from his books! The author's deadpan delivery really makes his stories work. Very entertaining!

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Witty, smart & very well read !

My Swiss sence of humour differs sometimes quite a bit from the American one, but that humour is simply brillant! This Live Carnegy Hall recording is so real and therefor funny to listen to. The live audience reacts spontanous and naturally to the reading while David Sedaris pronounces his text as good as only a reader & author can. I heard parts of his longer audio books. They might be longer and less expensive but this one is not only witty and smart but also a show experience. Two Swiss thumps up ! !

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laughed out loud!

Be careful if you're driving or have to function at all
this man is very funny! But wished it was longer.
For a first time David Sedaris book I suggest
Me Talk Pretty One Day first.

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Way overhyped.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Who cares. All I care about is me.

Would you be willing to try another book from David Sedaris? Why or why not?

Book yes. Short performance no.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes,

What character would you cut from David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall?

Cut em all I say. Really boring selection of stories. Zzz.

Any additional comments?

Ordinarily, I am a HUGE fan of Sedaris books. Just thought this sucked. The hype did not match the short length and story choices.

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He does it again!

I was driving cross country for Thanksgiving, so I decided to put on some David Sedaris. What a horrible idea. I was laughing so hard I began tearing up. I had to pull over to the side of the road before I caused an accident.
My point is David Sedaris is just amazing, but listening to his audio book and driving is the equivalent to having four shots of whiskey and then hopping in behind the wheel. So just don't do it! Listen him at home or in the gym. Just not while you are driving.

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Hilarious!!

The only problem is it is too short! I didnt want it to end!

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