Monday, November 1, 2010
No matter what your favorite holiday, you won't want to miss celebrating it with the author who has been called "one of the funniest writers alive" (Economist). -- Hachette Audio
I have heard so many wonderful things about David Sedaris and his audio books that I finally decided to give one a try. A few weeks ago, I started listening to HOLIDAYS ON ICE in the mornings while I run -- yes, I know I'm a little early for the holidays but they will be here before you know it. I thought David Sedaris was hilarious and I was immediately hooked from the very first story.
I have to be honest. I tried to read a Sedaris book many, many years ago and it just didn't work for me. Of course, I'm much older now (and wiser) so it's possible that my tastes have just changed; however, I think one of the reasons I liked this book so much is that I was able to listen to the stories. (In fact, I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have enjoyed this book near as much if I had read it rather than listened to it.) David Sedaris narrates most of the stories, and I think he's a hoot. It's a given that his prose is hilarious, but I also think his presentation of the stories really brought this book to the next level for me. I think his voice and tone definitely provide some of the humor, but his timing is also pretty darn perfect!
Usually when I read to books made up of different stories, there are some that I enjoy more than others. That was definitely the case of HOLIDAYS ON ICE, but I can't really say that any of the stories were dingers for me. I guess I'd have to say that I did enjoy the stories surrounding Christmas a bit more than the Halloween and Thanksgiving stories, but they were all entertaining in their own right. I especially loved the Christmas story about the Macy's elf -- I was laughing so hard at times that I could barely run. But I also thought the story about the competitive neighbors was hysterical too. It's hard to pick a favorite.
I definitely recommend HOLIDAYS ON ICE. It's the perfect escape for this crazy time of year and I intend to revisit each holiday season from now on. I actually think this book might help me to keep things in perspective this year...we'll see!
Thanks to the publisher for sending me HOLIDAYS ON ICE.