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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (121,779 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Sedaris Narrator: David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris’ message, alternately rendered in Fakespeare, Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek, is the same: pay attention to me. He turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable.

Whether he’s taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of personal essays creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all too familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in “A Plague of Tics” to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic.

This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed. Through it all is Sedaris’ unmistakable voice, without a doubt one of the freshest in American writing.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sidesplitting.”

    New York Time Book Review

  • “Hilariously entertaining.”

    New York Observer

  • “A satirical brazenness that holds up next to Twain and Nathaneal West.”

    New Yorker

  • “Sedaris applies the same deadpan fastidiousness to his life that Charlie Chaplin applied to his shoe in The Gold Rush—this is splendid stuff.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “David and Amy Sedaris romp through the former’s jocular essays of personal humiliation and quotidian folly. David, bestselling author of Barrel Fever, has a high-pitched, pimply, woebegone delivery, befitting the tone and subject matter of his reminiscences.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/19/2014

    " My second favorite David Sedaris book. He's endlessly funny! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Marijan | 2/17/2014

    " Starts off surprisingly appealing, dry wit combined with the uncertainty on whether or not I'm reading a real autobiography or a fiction loosely based on personal life. As it goes on, you realize he is talking about himself and his dysfunctional family in a way that is both snide and exploitative...after a while I came to the conclusion that even though he writes decently, I am getting absolutely nothing out of reading the memoirs of a moderately talented guy writing a scathing expose on his moderately interesting family. So I gave up about 25% in... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeanne | 2/6/2014

    " How could I go on a road trip without David Sedaris? This book on CD was so entertaining and heartfelt, the miles flew by. I feel like I know Sedaris after listening to him read the stories of growing up in his family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Todd Martin | 2/4/2014

    " Naked is a collection of stories by David Sedaris that center around his favorite themes .. family and growing up. More adult and substantial than some of his other books and occasionally quite funny. "

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