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The David Sedaris Box Set by David Sedaris, read by David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris and Ann Magnuson (Time Warner AudioBooks, unabridged, 14 CDs, 14 hours, $79.98). This box set contains each of Humorist David Sedaris' earlier works: "Naked," "Me Talk Pretty One Day," "Holidays on Ice" and "Barrel Fever." Sedaris' stories, centering on his dysfunctional family, his childhood in Raleigh, N.C., his years living in France, and being gay, are at the same time poignant, scatological, hysterically funny and utterly real. "The Santaland Diaries," "Season's Greetings to our Friends and Family," "Go Carolina" and "Jesus Shaves" are among the highlights read by this NPR commentator.

His delightfully dry, droll narration underscores the offbeat, skewed humor with an author's intimate knowledge of where the irony is buried.

Bargain hunters will find $79.98 an excellent price instead of buying each audio book separately. Think of the money you've saved that you can put toward Sedaris' latest, "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" (Time Warner, unabridged, 5 CDs, 6.5 hours, $31.98).

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