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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David Sedaris

Narrated By: David Sedaris

Date: May 2018

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes


David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.


  • Haley M.

    I've listened to about 5 or 6 books by David Sedaris, and each one I go through the same internal struggle while reading/listening.  1. Oh boy, a new David Sedaris book. Can't wait. 2. Man I missed his humor. Hilarious. so funny. a bit raunchy. 3. Okay this is more than a bit raunchy.  4. Wow. I'm going to hell.  5. Okay that was funny. 6. So much truth!!!  7. Aw man, it's over. Sigh.  This one was no different, and that's a good thing. Each of the stories were funny, or interesting, or contained something that made me facepalm and laugh and want to clean my brain out with bleach. Already looking forward to the next collection.  Content/Recommendation - adults only, contains language, a reference to suicide, and sexual content, and homosexual content.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Karen P.

    I love David Sedaris so much. His essays are brilliant, fumny and full of pathos. His genius is in the subtle way he comments on the Essence of the Human Condition. The profundity sneaks up on the listener. His stories draw his audience into a sense of intimacy with his whole family. He inspires me and fills my heart with joy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Not my style, sorry, don’t consider this a novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Margaret L.

    I enjoyed Calypso as a light read with deeper undertones. The series of stories centers on the beach house Sedaris and his partner bought and share with his family. This allows the author to riff on many things that pass through his brain and tangentially or directly relate to family and house. As always, there are many laughs but there are also deeply serious topics as well; old age, sickness and death. It is often sweet, sometimes raunchy, insightful or silly. I think David Sedaris reading his work is the very best way to experience it, but in this book, studio reading was interspersed with live performances and I found that a little jarring. Not to worry though. It is an enjoyable journey through the mind of a one-of-a-kind author.

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  • Jeff S.

    An entertaining R-rated, yet hilarious Dave Berry style. A lot of rectal humor themes.

  • Riona F.

    I love listening to David Sedaris reading his essays. It reminds me to laugh at the absurdities of life and to spend time with my family even if they sometimes make me crazy. This book is especially poignant at times (compared to his earlier ones) and anyone who struggles in their relationship with their parents or siblings will appreciate his honesty and perspectives. Definitely not for the faint of heart tho- some subject matter may be offensive to some but I loved every last bit of this book.

  • Kyle J.

    Am a long time David Sedaris fan. From This American Life to “Naked” (still my favorite) to “Me Talk Pretty” to several live shows and all his books, I very much enjoy and appreciate him. But not “Calypso”. I think it’s because Mr Sedaris seems to go out of his way here to show his meaner side — the one with little or no empathy for his sister lost to suicide or his father in his old age. The final story about his sister Tiffany and the closing on his father sadly reveal his coldness. Didn’t think that was David Sedaris. But he says so.

  • Maggi B.

    This is a perfect book for audio listening, especially read by David Sadaris himself. I found this book sad in parts, but mostly funny and honest.

  • Anonymous

    most likely for an older demographic


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