Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is not going to be a fabled David Sedaris book. On the back of the Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk CD set David Sedaris writes , " "I found the book to be most droll," might quip the bear ... As to the scribe, they'd quote the hen: "Trust me, he s no LaFontaine." " I am in latter camp. The seventeen fables on this 3 CD set are decent enough but the whole is not entertaining enough. This is for Sedaris fans only.
The fables in Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk are semi morality tales. Semi because some like The Crow and The Lamb (CD 2) or The Parenting Storks fall flat. There are a few very good ones like The Cow and The Turkey and The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck with its jab at the politically correct, but most are like the animals at a petting zoo: nothing special.
Another reason this Sedaris audio book does not really impress is Sedaris reads only four of the seventeen tales here.
The other readers are Dylan Baker, Sian Phillips, and Elaine Stritch. Two of these choices are doubtful. Phillips has a BBC accent and Elaine Stritch s voice is as close to Tony Soprano s mother s as you can get. Stritch is also not that good a reader and there is a clear sound difference between the first half and second half of The Crow and The Lamb.
Sedaris casted these actors himself so go figure.
The CD set features a pdf file with Ian Falconer s illustrations.
Other David Sedaris Reviews
THe Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set - Live At Carnegie Hall: Review of the Live At Carnegie Hall CD in The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set
Naked in The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set: Review of the Naked audio book in The Ultimte David Sedais Box Set
Me Talk Pretty One Day - Ultimate Sedaris Box Set: Kinder, gentler 5 cd audio book by David Sedaris
Holidays On Ice - The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set: Santaland Diaries and other Christmas stories by Sedaris
Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim - The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set: More personal and not as caustic essays and stories by David Sedaris in 5 CD audio book set.
Barrel Fever in The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set: The lesser of the Sedaris audio book CD sets in this collection.
The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set: it is the ultimate David Sedaris box set of his audio book CDs
When You Are Engulfed In Flames: Uneven 8 CD collection of David Sedaris essays includes 4 live readings.
Live For Your Listening Pleasure: Quite good but not the best Sedaris audiobook ever. All live performances, as the title says