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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,318 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Sedaris Narrator: David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN:
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In David Sedaris' world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris' collection of essays is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; a bitter Santa abuses the elves.

David Sedaris made his debut on NPR's Morning Edition with SantaLand Diaries, recounting his strange-but-true experiences as an elf at Macy's, and soon became one of the show's most popular commentators. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behavior. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 2/19/2014

    " Some good stories, especially the riotous tale of working as a Christmas Elf at Macy's. Much of this is foul and incredibly vulgar, and frankly, his later books are better. But the good parts are very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 2/15/2014

    " Not one of my favorites. I like Sedaris so much better when he writes about his family, it doesn't feel so forced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 1/28/2014

    " This collection is a bit uneven, but I enjoyed it. The fiction pieces don't work as well as his personal essays. David Sedaris was smart to stick to non-fiction in his future books (except his most recent). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nichole | 1/21/2014

    " This wasn't my favorite Sedaris book and some of the stories in it I have already read in his other books. Still, he is one of my favorites :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/15/2014

    " The fiction is crap but the essays are great as usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roniq | 1/1/2014

    " I liked this but not one of my favorites by Sedaris. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Thomas | 12/26/2013

    " Anything Sedaris does is fantastic, hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hava Buchanan | 11/30/2013

    " The weakest of all the Sedaris collections. His short stories aren't nearly as funny as his essays are. But this was his first collection, so it's forgiven. 4 stars for the essays, 2 for the short stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen | 11/25/2013

    " Bleh--not his best work. The fiction short stories were poorly written and the personal essays not as sharp and witty as his later work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassidy | 9/20/2013

    " oh, I forgot how much I loved David Sedaris and his story telling, I can't tell you how many times I accidentally chuckled out loud while reading this on the train. He certainly has a knack for capturing middle class evil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan Kinsey | 8/24/2013

    " Sedaris' first published collection, and by far his darkest. An interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 8/22/2013

    " His stories did not work nearly as well for me as his essays. Writing about actual events in a way that calls attention to the surreal parts is interesting. Making up surreal stories and writing about them like they are actual events doesn't really work for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/8/2013

    " Not as entertaining as Sedaris' other, more personal works. I ploughed through the entire book in under an hour; luckily, it was a gift and I didn't pay for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drea | 6/26/2013

    " Ya gotta love Sedaris. Really. You've got to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Phelps | 3/21/2013

    " Sedaris is always good for a laugh. This one wasn't as "laugh out loud" as Me Talk Pretty, though it kept me turning pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/20/2013

    " Again the man is brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess Driscoll | 11/23/2012

    " page 186: Today a child told Santa Ken that he wanted his dead father back and a complete set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Everyone wants those Turtles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 5/30/2012

    " I am a David Sedaris fan. I have to say though, that I enjoyed Naked and some of his other books more. But, I still like reading the stories in this book. I must since this was a second reading of the book for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 4/14/2012

    " some memorable funniness "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cory | 1/21/2012

    " Maybe I loved this book so much because it was my first David Sedaris, but it was so irreverent and I still remember laughing out loud in public. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/26/2011

    " The title story of this collection is the best short story I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jb | 9/13/2011

    " Early stuff by Sedaris- not as great as his later books, but "Santaland Diaries" is a classic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jayme | 9/11/2011

    " I didn't care for this book. I'm all for a strange sense of humor, but these stories were not humorous to me. I don't believe I will pick up another book by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peacegal | 6/18/2011

    " The king of the bizarre humorous essay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thanh Dani | 5/11/2011

    " David Sedaris = NYC/Parisian chic/vulgar humor. Love it. Includes Santa Land Diaries from his NPR program. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 4/22/2011

    " Not my favorite. but funny parts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 4/20/2011

    " Sedaris can be so funny and witty! But not in this book.

    This book was 12 year old boy humor. I totally missed anything funny that must have transpired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kena | 4/10/2011

    " it's much dirtier than his later stuff! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan | 4/9/2011

    " Perhaps not as endearing as Me Talk Pretty and Flames, but still Sedaris good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 4/8/2011

    " Bit more ADD than his other stuff "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 4/8/2011

    " It started out kind of crass and made me cringe and think of all the people I know who I wouldn't recommend this as a first read of David's work... maybe start them off on something a bit more tame, but by the end I was once again laughing uncontrollably on the skytrain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/7/2011

    " A couple sections were downright funny. Most of it was very dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna | 3/30/2011

    " It's his first novel. You can tell he has become a better storyteller in his later works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marygrace | 3/23/2011

    " this guy is quite the storyteller and a character. Fun short stories for driving back and forth to work!Audio! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 3/20/2011

    " An enjoyable book, mostly short fiction with a few essays that is much more typical of Sedaris. Not quite as good as some of his other books, but an enjoyable read nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/7/2011

    " Just not what I was used to with Sedaris. Or, maybe I've just outgrown him. It's been almost a decade since I was introduced.

    The stories were not about Sedaris' life. Maybe that was the hitch. No matter what, not my favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 3/2/2011

    " Mmmmm ..... not so sure about this one. Loved the other stuff I have read from Sedaris but I found the stories difficult to get into. There were one or two highlights though the best one being the final piece about being a department store Elf at Christmas. Maybe I was just not in the mood. "

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About the Author
Author David Sedaris

David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively through Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in England.