24 October 2021

Review: Naked by David Sedaris

Naked by David Sedaris audiobook cover
Fresh on the heels of listening to Calypso by David Sedaris, I went back in time to a collection of his essays published in 1997 entitled Naked. This is a very short audiobook coming in at just over 3 hours and I got through it quite quickly.

Sedaris' caustic humour is back, as are the family interactions and dynamics. David Sedaris' sister Amy was involved in recording the audiobook and acts out some of the dialogue mentioned in the stories. I imagine this would have been a terrific collaboration between the two siblings (Amy is an actor) however the volume of her contributions were way too loud and jarringly contrasted with her brother's smooth delivery. As a consequence, I found myself regularly adjusting the volume and being taken out of the stories each time she spoke.

The title essay (Naked) is a story about the author's weekend stay at a nudist colony and was very enjoyable. I'm still enjoying Sedaris' sardonic take on the world and am listening to Me Talk Pretty One Day next.

You can seize this book at Booktopia.

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  1. I can’t remember if I’ve read Sedaris or not, but I know I’ve meant to.

    1. Hi Shelleyrae, if you do try Sedaris at some point, I just wouldn't start with this one. Instead I'd recommend starting with Calypso or Me Talk Pretty One Day as they're so much better than this one. And the audiobooks narrated by the author himself are the best way to experience his work.


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