Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

David Sedaris, Author, Dylan Baker, Read by, Elaine Stritch, Read by, Sian Phillips, Read by
David Sedaris, read by the author, Elaine Stritch, Dylan Baker, and Sian Phillips, Hachette Audio, unabridged, three CDs, 3 hrs., $24.98 ISBN 978-1-60024-499-5
Reviewed on: 10/25/2010
Release date: 09/01/2010
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Like a modern-day Aesop or La Fontaine, Sedaris has his darkly comic and deeply cynical (if somewhat rambling) morality stories enacted by animals. Although Sedaris typically narrates his works solo, here he is joined by Dylan Baker, Siân Phillips, and (the incomparable) Elaine Stritch. The dry tones of both women are particularly well suited to the knowing commentary offered by various domesticated, barnyard, and wild animals on casual racism, self-congratulatory sanctimony, poor excuses for adultery, and fad spiritualism, among other common societal ills. The audiobook features a bonus fable not available in the text version of the book; in addition, the third CD includes PDFs of the book's illustrations by Ian Falconer (writer/illustrator of the Olivia picture book series). A Little, Brown hardcover. (Sept.)
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