Monday, December 20, 2010

Review - Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

AUTHOR/EDITOR:    David Sedaris
INFO:    Audiobook, Fiction/Humor, 3 cds
PUBLISHED:   Hachette Audio, 2010
ISBN#:   978-1-60024-499-5
HOW'D I GET IT:   Received from Hachette for Review

This collection of sharply observed animal-themed tales is a delight, told with David Sedaris's trademark blend of hilarity and goodnaturedness. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of our own everyday interactions. In 'The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck', three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In 'Hello Kitty', a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In 'The Squirrel and the Chipmunk', a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.

MY TAKE:    The hubby and I listened to this in the car on our trip last month.  I was really looking forward to hearing it as I've enjoyed Sedaris's previous books.  I'm sorry to say that I just really couldn't get into it as a whole.  There were a few funny spots, but I think the whole piece was a miss.  Hubby wasn't too thrilled with it either.  For one thing, the woman's voice on this audiobook was rather annoying.  The men's voices were a little easier to listen to.  Reading the print version may be better as some of the stories did have merit.

While I understand and even applaud putting our human issues and foibles onto the creature world, it was still rather creepy at times.  I kept having ugly mental pictures, especially when the woman was narrating.  It took a lot away from the humor that I know David Sedaris possesses and usually shares.

I would recommend Sedaris fans buy the book instead of the audio version.
MY RATING:    2.25/5

WHERE TO BUY IT:    Amazon, The Book Depository, IndieBound

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