Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary Audiobook, by David Sedaris Play Audiobook Sample

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary Audiobook

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary Audiobook, by David Sedaris Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, Siân Phillips Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2010 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781607886464

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

17

Longest Chapter Length:

23:43 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:58 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

10:36 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

19

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Publisher Description

Featuring David Sedaris's 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.

With original illustrations by Ian Falconer, author of the bestselling Olivia series of children's books, these stories are David Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising.

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"I listened to the audio version of this book. The first part of this collection is really great. It really makes you appreciate what a great author David Sedaris is. He can tell some very poignant stories. The narrators on the audio version make the characters come to life. However the later stories get less interesting and I lost my focus. I started to care less."

— Shannon (4 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “Wickedly funny.” 

    — Los Angeles Times 
  • “Great fun.”

    — USA Today
  • “Wry and amusing.” 

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

    — NPR
  • “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.”

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

    — Booklist

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 3.02380952380952 out of 53.02380952380952 out of 53.02380952380952 out of 53.02380952380952 out of 53.02380952380952 out of 5 (3.02)
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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Reed, 2/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Sammie, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Stefanie, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Tomi, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Enjoyable and unique, Sedaris played with the genre well but it's easily my least favorite of his books. "

    — Jess, 1/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Although there were several short stories within this book that grossed me out, I still found the premise totally worth reading. Any book that inspires my own creativity is worth exploring in my opinion. "

    — Tim, 1/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Meh. Some of the short stories were ok, some were amusing, and many I read just because I refuse to not finish a book. "

    — Brooke, 12/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fun read for a light mood. "

    — Danica, 12/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I thought certain stories in the book were hilarious and others were just a little too sickening. I would still recommend it as a good read. It was an easy and quick one. "

    — Kayleena, 12/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Not what I was expecting from David Sedaris. But it was different and quite enjoyable. "

    — Peggy, 10/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Highly amusing. Like Aesop's Fables for jerks and realists. A very quick read, but I'm glad I bought the hard copy of this book, if only for the beautiful illustrations. (Also, it was in the bargain books section at McNally Robinson, go get you a copy!) "

    — Sam, 9/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Bwhahhahahahaha....we're all animals!! Seriously loved this one!!! "

    — Connie, 8/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I did not like this at all. It was very dark and any point he was trying to make was completely lost on me. "

    — Katie, 7/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I was expecting funny sweet stories but many of these were gruesome and disturbing. I liked the premise of writing fables and using animals but the images lingered. I thought the Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk fable was wonderful and poignant, but most of the others disturbed me unpleasantly. "

    — Beverlee, 6/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Fables for today. Darkly hilarious. Not recommended for people who don't want to laugh at themselves. "

    — Ronni, 5/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Love David Sedaris, but this collection is a bit dark. Not a "first" read of his talent. I still laughed out loud at a few of the stories. And as always some excellent prose and insight into the human mind. "

    — Ken, 1/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Couldn't wait to give it away. I love David Sedaris but not the fairy tale animal carnivore stories in here. "

    — Jolie, 6/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I could almost see different people from David Sedaris' real life tales being transformed into animal versions of themselves in this darkly comic set of short stories. "

    — Ruth, 5/24/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Awesome... this was perfect in audio, particularly with Sedaris and Dylan Baker (who is always great) reading. Great modern-day fables told in that delicious Sedaris way. "

    — Carla, 4/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Aesop's Fables with a modern, cynical twist. Very entertaining. "

    — Jeane, 9/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " A little too bizare for me, especially being a animal lover. Shades of Animal Farm. A modern day Grimm fairytales with modern day parables. "

    — Linda, 9/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A modern day version of Aesop's fables. I loved it. "

    — Angie, 7/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Love anything he writes. This tongue in cheeky animal-voiced short story compilation makes for great toilet reading - so says my brother "

    — Emily, 7/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Started out kind of humorous, but went downhill from there. It was another one of those I only finished it because I started it. Second worst book I've read this year. "

    — Joy, 6/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Really disappointing based on all of his other work. "

    — Lindsay, 6/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I will read anything by David Sedaris. Been a huge fan since "Me Talk Pretty". "

    — David, 5/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I usually love his books, but I missed the point of this one. Maybe I got the point and just didn't like it. "

    — Jennifer, 5/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " There isn't a book he's written that I didn't like. This one is way different than anything he's done but the fables are hilarious and have great punch lines. "

    — Mindy, 5/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Some of the short stories were funny and generally delightful--other a bit...disturbing. Fair warning! "

    — Karen!, 5/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " David Sedaris is one of the most funny satirical writers around. I'll read anything he writes. "

    — Rene, 5/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Tragic, really. But an amusing satire. "

    — Laurie, 5/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " One of the worst, if not the worst accidental collection of words I've ever read. "

    — Brad, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " LOL Crying! So funny!16 stories in all. first few so funny, but the novelty quickly wore off. glad it was a short read. "

    — Betsy, 5/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Seriously love David Sedaris. This was garbage although it had the potential to be brilliantly funny. Usually one or two of his shorts fail in his books, but this whole thing was pathetic. I pray he hasn't lost his gift. "

    — Melissa, 5/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It's amazing the outrageous stuff an author can write when the dialogue is between animals instead of people. Amusing and appalling at the same time. "

    — Anne, 5/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I really didn't like this one very much. There was one funny story but the rest seem brutal and harsh. I was a little disappointed. He usually writes some great essays. Maybe next time. "

    — Virginia, 5/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It takes a while to get into the stories (the first couple are just so so), but later the stories pick-up humor wise. Nice short read. "

    — Dom, 5/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Stick to non-fiction, please. Your fiction isn't nearly as funny, just morbid. "

    — Amy, 5/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I liked it but I was already a fan. Not the best place to start with David Sedaris though... "

    — Jennifer, 5/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I am now a little wiser. I cannot tell you how, but still, just a little wiser. Extremely short though. It's an extremely modest bestiary. Not terribly good value for money. "

    — Nick, 5/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " An afternoon read. you may laugh at some lines and tales but I found it a little on the yuk side. I would recommend to read and think about the stories.?? "

    — Jo, 5/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " A cute idea, but lacking the imagery and flair of Sedaris' other work. "

    — Jon, 5/15/2011

About David Sedaris

David Sedaris is the author of a dozen books, including four that made the #1 New York Times bestsellers list. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. In 2019, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, Jonathan Swift International Literature Prize for Satire and Humor, and the Terry Southern Prize for Humor.

About the Narrators

Cotter Smith is an American actor of stage, film, and television. As an audiobook narrator, he has won two Earphones Awards and was a finalist in 1997 for the prestigious Audie Award.

Sian Phillips’ long acting career has included roles in Goodbye, Mr. Chips, How Green Was My Valley, Ballykissangel, and Midsomer Murders.