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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,431 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Sedaris Narrator: David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, Siân Phillips Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Featuring David Sedaris’ unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

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.

These stories are David Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wickedly funny.” 

    Los Angeles Times 

  • Outrageous....Wonderful...Sedaris's anthropomorphized creatures may seem domesticated, but this book, like his more familiar essays, is...wildly inspired--and a rip-roaring hoot. Heller McAlpin, NPR
  • Wickedly funny....These are some of Sedaris's best stories...The animals have given Sedaris's humor some new teeth: tiny and sharp, and sometimes even ready to draw blood. Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
  • Wry and amusing. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
  • For the strong-stomached, these tales are toxic little treats, fun-sized Snicker bars with a nougaty strychnine center. Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
  • Great fun. Craig Wilson, USA Today
  • The funniest man on the planet. Raleigh News & Observer
  • “Great fun.”

    USA Today

  • “Wry and amusing.” 

    Chicago Tribune 

  • “Outrageous…Wonderful…A rip-roaring hoot.”


  • “These tales are toxic little treats.” 

    Entertainment Weekly 

  • “The funniest man on the planet.”

    Raleigh News & Observer

  • “Like a modern-day Aesop or La Fontaine, Sedaris has his darkly comic and deeply cynical…morality stories enacted by animals.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “David Sedaris’ dark fables aren’t warm or fuzzy—instead, they have bark and bite…The whole production walks the line between funny and disturbing.”


  • “We, jaded inhabitants of the modern era, possess the distinct privilege to enjoy the beloved Sedaris’ first collection of short animal tales.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Reed Raab | 2/15/2014

    " Don't let Ian Falconer's Olivia style illustrations or David Sedaris' use of animals for tales fool you; this is not a book to read to your children, though it is quite funny. Some of the drawings become, well, a tad raunchy, and some of the stories, um, a bit gruesome but it is still quite funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sammie Wylie payne | 2/13/2014

    " I read/listened to this book as an audiobook. The book did not hold my interest while I was driving to and from work. I assume this would be better if actually read and not listened too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stefanie | 2/4/2014

    " Had to give it 5 stars because the stories stay in your head and are so disturbing. Bedtime stories for adults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tomi Dilworth | 1/28/2014

    " I read this a few years ago simply because it was a Sedaris book and it was a little disappointing. It's cute and funny but not as funny as his actual life essays and stories. "

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