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Review: Holidays on Ice Audiobook

December 6, 2008


Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris is the perfect Audiobook for this time of year.  It’s actually 12 short stories and most of them are about Christmas, but there are Halloween and Easter stories too.  The Audiobook consists of 4 CDs, so it’s about 4 hours long and the stories range in length from about 10 minutes to about an hour.  This was ideal for me this time of year; I started listening to it while I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner and finished it in 3 or 4 more sittings.  Since it’s short stories, there was no picking up where you left off.

These stories are humorous, and some of them are laugh out loud funny.  David Sedaris reads most of them and he has the perfect tone for the sarcasm and dry wit in the stories.  My favorites are “SantaLand Diaries” and “Jesus Shaves”.  “SantaLand Diaries” is the true story of David’s experiences working as an elf in Macy’s SantaLand.  “Jesus Shaves” tells the story of the bells delivering candy to French children for Easter.  (I think this one struck a chord with me because we used to live in France.)  Both of these stories made me laugh out loud.  This Audiobook contains language that is not appropriate for children.

While listening to these CDs, I discovered that I’ve been pronouncing Hachette (Books) wrong.  It’s not pronounced like a small axe – it’s pronounced more like it’s French (except French doesn’t have an h sound at the beginning of a word), something like hah-shet.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2008 9:07 am

    This looks like a great audio. Thanks for the review. Cool that you used to live in France! So can you speak French fluently?

  2. December 6, 2008 9:32 am

    I keep hearing so much about this one. I’m not an audiobook person, typically, but I think I’m going to pick this up for my work commute. Sounds great…

  3. December 6, 2008 10:28 am

    I’ve seen a few good reviews of this one. Certainly seems listening to or reading. Ok, I thought Hachette was pronounced like a small axe too. Interesting to find it isn’t.

  4. December 6, 2008 10:56 am

    I enjoyed this book, and I think that the audiobook would be great. I listened to Sedaris narrating Barrel Fever and it adds a whole new dimension to the reading.

  5. stacybuckeye permalink
    December 6, 2008 11:00 am

    Thanks for the recommendation – and the pronunciation lesson 🙂 I love the festive cover.

  6. December 6, 2008 12:26 pm

    Kathy- I was in an antique store yesterday and saw two old children’s books from the 1890’s, in French, but the cool thing was that the publisher was Hachette! I am going to ask Miriam if the roots of Hachette run back to France, now your note about the pronuncation makes me think so…

    Great review, I have this in book form and have been waiting to review until this month. Hopefully it will be a quick one!

  7. December 6, 2008 12:27 pm

    I love David Sedaris – both reading his books and listening to them on audio. He is such a funny man.

  8. December 6, 2008 12:42 pm

    I saw an interview with David Sedaris not too long ago. He has a great sense of humor. I don’t generally listen to audio books, but if I ever do get that iPod, I may just start.

  9. December 6, 2008 12:44 pm

    Good Review. I was doing the same thing with Hachette. Until I listened to The Almost Moon.
    😉 Sounds like a fun audio!

  10. alirambles permalink
    December 6, 2008 1:29 pm

    Thanks for the “not appropriate for children” warning. I tried to listen to the audiobook of The Friday Night Knitting Club while cooking dinner the other night and she used the f-word, as a verb. Took me (and my son, who wasn’t really listening but picked up on THAT right away) completely by surprise. I mean, it’s a book about knitting, for pete’s sake!

  11. December 6, 2008 1:51 pm

    Wow… an Xmas book that sounds more funny than cheesy! What a find!

    (I was also pronouncing Hachette axe-wise)

  12. December 6, 2008 3:49 pm

    Thanks for pointing out the pronunciation of Hachette! Now maybe people will stop mis-spelling it…for some reason that always bugs me. 🙂

  13. December 6, 2008 3:50 pm

    Started listening last night – it’s so funny! Perfect for the season.

  14. December 6, 2008 4:57 pm

    I really want to read this one. Or perhaps listen to it! Several people have told me that Sedaris is even funnier when you actually listen to him.

    Also, thank you for teaching me to pronounce “Hachette”!

  15. December 6, 2008 6:09 pm

    Oh this sounds really funny -0n my list for next year…

  16. December 6, 2008 6:51 pm

    I thought it was like the axe too! LOL!

  17. December 6, 2008 7:23 pm

    I was wrong too. LOL I’ve been debating about getting this for my BIL for Christmas and from your review I think I just might. Thanks!

  18. December 6, 2008 9:50 pm

    Well I’ve been pronouncing it wrong too lol.

  19. December 7, 2008 9:52 am

    Jesus Shaves is hilarious! I didn’t know that’s how you pronounce it either!

  20. December 7, 2008 10:07 am

    I am in the middle of this one myself, at the moment.

    And I have realized the danger of listening to something like this on your iPod and laughing out loud in public for no apparent reason. I have received some very odd looks…lol

  21. December 7, 2008 10:28 pm

    The Santaland Diaries made me laugh so hard I cried and I listened to it right before I went into the grocery store, so that was kind of a bad thing. People thought I was getting emotional about bananas, but I kept thinking about interviewing to be Santa’s elf.

    Sedaris is pretty funny.

    I also really enjoyed his new audio book It Was on Fire or something like that (I listened while driving to work).

  22. December 7, 2008 11:35 pm

    Jesus Shaves was one of my favorites too, Kathy. I think my very favorite was Let It Snow. I just re-read that one yesterday, along with the one about the Halloween candy. It’s great to pick up when you need a laugh and only want to read a few minutes to get it!

  23. December 8, 2008 8:16 am

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one. I’ll have to add it to the list of books I hope to read someday.

  24. carolsnotebook permalink
    December 8, 2008 9:46 am

    What a great idea for a Christmas present for my mother-in-law. Thanks.

  25. December 8, 2008 5:49 pm

    I read this last week and thought it was a riot. I especially liked SantaLand and others that were “based on a true story” (but not the story by that name, surprisingly).

    I knew you were listening to the audio, and I think that it would be great to hear David Sedaris “deliver” these stories.

    I have to tell you something (else) funny … I read your post and was trying out my pronunciation of Hachette, based on your “hah-shet”. So I was saying it in a soft voice and my 12 yr old looked up and said “Mom!” in a shocked voice. She thought I was saying “ah, shit!”

  26. December 9, 2008 7:08 am

    LOL-I’ve been pronouncing the name wrong also! I just started this one yesterday and have already had several laugh out loud moments. SantaLand Diaries is too funny!

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