When You Are Engulfed in Flames

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In this remarkable new volume, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life--having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds--to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from "a writer worth treasuring" (Seattle Times).
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audiobooks, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781600241833

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This is a series of very dry, funny anecdotes. Sedaris starts on one topic, but then blindsides you with something only marginally related to the original story. It feels fresh, with a touch of that Kurt Vonnegut charm on the side.

AL_ALICIA Aug 25, 2016

This isn't my favorite Sedaris book, but his witty humor always makes me laugh. This audiobook was good company on a very long flight across the Pacific.

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rkcraig88
Jun 03, 2015

Best David Sedaris book. Love it!

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sanderoo
Jan 11, 2015

Good book, kept my interest for 10 hours of driving, well done!

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Lucky_Luke
Dec 15, 2014

Seriously funny! Brilliant comedy act.

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4catsdogs
Aug 17, 2014

The book began with a very graphic description of a woman who was full of worms. The author then described a time when his pubic hair was full of lice.
That was enough for me. What a horrible book.

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kkboylan
Jul 26, 2014

If you're looking for an easy read that will make you cry laughing, check this out.

huntz1ba Sep 21, 2013

Sedaris has an off-the-cuff humor style. I found this book hilarious and liked the memoir style more than his essays.

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JOANNA M BLACK
Sep 12, 2013

Consistently great, Sedaris does it again with this group of essays encompassing his skillful wit, humor, and emotion. It is such a joy to hear Sedaris read his own work, as he animates the text like no other, making one feel as if he is telling the story just for you. Definitely recommend.

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MarieGaffney
Sep 12, 2013

David as usual, is far too funny not to be a real person. That he is willing to admit the not just some of things about himself that most of us would be ashamed to but all of them, makes his literature absolutely hilarious!

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Feb 10, 2011

"Sometimes the sins you haven't committed are all you have to hold on to. If you're really desperate, you might need to grope, saying, for example, 'I've never killed anyone with a hammer' or 'I've never stolen from anyone who didn't deserve it.'"

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