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Audiobook Giveaways: David Sedaris’s SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK & Jon Stewart’s EARTH

Submitted by on October 3, 2010 – 9:04 pm 23 Comments

Looks like the giveaways are piling up ’round here faster than my laundry basket. You got a problem with that, stop reading right now. If you’re a greedy little bugger and love free stuff like I do, I got treats for you!

Anna from Hachette is letting me give away three unabridged audiobook versions each of the following titles: David Sedaris’s Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary and Jon Stewart’s Earth. That’s three copies per title.

Squirrel is read by Sedaris, Elaine Stritch, Dylan Baker and Siân Phillips. Here’s the product description:

Featuring David Sedaris’s unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

In “The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck,” three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In “Hello Kitty,” a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In “The Squirrel and the Chipmunk,” a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.

With original illustrations by Ian Falconer, author of the bestselling Olivia series of children’s books, these stories are David Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising.

Earth is read by Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, and John Oliver. The description:

Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science and culture — all in a lavishly produced audiobook of approximately 200 minutes.

After two weeks of hard work and nights in the recording studio, they had their audiobook. EARTH (The Book) is the definitive guide to our species. With their trademark wit, irreverence, and intelligence, Stewart and his team will posthumously answer all of life’s most hard-hitting questions, completely unburdened by objectivity, journalistic integrity, or even accuracy.

Sound hilarious? You can enter for one or both titles. To enter:

  • be a subscriber or Twitter follower (tell me which—new subscribers get 1 entry, current followers get 2)
  • if you’re entering for Squirrel, leave a comment as if you’re writing a personal ad, telling me which animal you’d be and what kind of animal you’d be seeking (these entries are gonna be fun to read)
  • if entering for Earth, tell me what you think man’s most embarrassing accomplishment is so far (Jersey Shore? The mullet?)
  • have U.S. or Canada address, no P.O. boxes

Giveaway ends next Monday, October 11, 5 p.m. PST. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced here and on Twitter. I won’t be notifying via e-mail so please check back to see if you’ve won. Winners will have 48 hours to claim prize(s) before alternate names are chosen. (Don’t forget to enter my other giveaways here.)

23 Comments »

  • le0pard13 says:

    Oh, I must enter this one! And since I’m hoping for Earth

    I’d say man’s most embarrassing accomplishment is his continuing proclivity for putting his embarrassing moments on YouTube, like this one. Luckily, we have how-to articles to help with this matter. 😉

    Thanks, Elyse.

  • Kathy P says:

    I am an email subscriber.

    Earth please.

    Man’s Most Embarrassing Accomplishment: Jersey Shore is pretty bad but let’s add in all the “reality” tv shows.

  • Jen Forbus says:

    O.k., I admit it! I’m a greedy bugger…especially when it comes to funny and audiobooks. I know you aren’t an audiobook person yourself, PCN, but have you read either of these books? They both sound funny. I love Jon Stewart and I know a lot of people who have recommended Sedaris, but I haven’t read him to date. O.k., let me give this a go…

    For me, Earth’s most embarrassing accomplishment so far is the “reality tv” concept. And I just read that Harry Hamlin and his wife Lisa are going to have a reality show. Oh my Harry! How far you’ve fallen, dude!

    If I was an animal I totally want to be a Meerkat. So here I am as a Meerkat and my (lame) personal ad:

    “Wanted a strong, meticulous mate. Someone who will lead the family through tunnels of life, groom our children for their day to day activities. Must be warm, cuddly, funny and have good eye sight.”

    Pretty sad…I’m so not funny.

    Thanks PCN! By the by…where’s your animal personal?

    • Pop Culture Nerd says:

      I’ve read some of Earth and it’s funny. If we’d been taught this kind of “history” in school, I might’ve stayed awake!

      I loooove Sedaris but haven’t read this one. Waiting for my copy to arrive.

      Your meerkat personal is funny! Here’s mine:

      “Maltese seeks German Shepherd who’s competitive at frisbee-catching but likes cuddling. Only barks when absolutely necessary. Must enjoy jumping through sprinklers and have strong teeth. No chihuahuas need respond.”

  • jenn says:

    I follow you all over the place. Hell, I’m practically a stalker.

    I am SO excited about DS’s new book, though I’d prefer more personal essays.

    Sleek, slim quiet feline seeks muscular, enigmatic terrier who thinks outside the box. Must be willing to cross typical barriers and put up with excessive grooming. Will be willing to play outdoor games if partner is willing to sit in the sun for hours on end, batting at dust particles. Eating habits negotiable. No yappers need apply.

    • Pop Culture Nerd says:

      I prefer Sedaris’s personal essays, too, but will take his writing in any form I can get it.

      Love your personal ad, especially the “no yappers” clause. I live next door to 4 of them and they are slowly driving me to a lifetime membership at the local asylum.

  • joy says:

    I’m an email subscriber! I’m a Twitter follower! I’m a greedy bugger! 😀

    From the Safari News:
    Me: Larger-than-life, odd-toed ungulate. Loves to graze. Feminine, with needs. You: Thick-skinned and detests tourists. Herbivorous connoisseur. Horny.

    Man’s most embarrassing accomplishment: Hot Pockets.

  • I already follow you on the Twitter machine, and I love the idea of both books. My kids are big Stewart & Sedaris fans.

    I’ll go for the chipmunk gold:

    “Old Grey Mare seeks Young Stud. Must love rolling in the hay and the great outdoors. Will consider Shetland ponies but must have own mounting box.”

    If allowed, I’d like to offer a comment on man’s worst invention: Spam. Both the meat(?) and the emails.

    • Pop Culture Nerd says:

      Hilarious, Sandra! I think “must have own mounting box” should be a requirement for everyone in life.

      Have never had the pleasure of eating Spam but heartily agree about the junk e-mails.

  • suzquiz says:

    current follower on email & am a greedy little bugger when it has anything to do with books
    You have some very funny followers

    Squirrel I would be a small lap dog looking for a human to attend to my every want & need

    Earth I would have to agree with Reality shows what are people in 100 years going to think of us :0

  • Pop Culture Nerd says:

    I’m glad you’re greedy like the rest of us! I’m very grateful to have such smart, good-looking, well-dressed and funny readers. I won’t ask why they bother reading this site.

    In 100 years, if they base their assessment on most reality shows, aliens will think we had the brain power of pond scum.

  • Paulette says:

    greedy email subscriber…

    I cannot compete with the great, funny posts, so will go serious. Man’s most embarassing accomplishment is creating the means with which to completely destroy ourselves—what is the overkill rate these days?

  • Slow and sexy sloth seeks three-toed male of own species. Must like long naps and enjoy heights. If you don’t have algae on your fur, you move too fast for this female. But if you can turn your head 270+ degrees, we could hang out together.

  • EIREGO says:

    OOH, OOH! I want to be entered for both. I’m a subscriber and follow you on Twitter, though I have never actually tweeted.

    SCRUFFY MALE BEAR seeks homebody minded FEMALE LAMB for Winter solstice and major Summer frolicking. A sincere promise from BEAR to never eat the LAMB (unless she’s into that sort of thing). ALSO major protection from all creatures great and small will be awarded to LAMB if this is a match. Goats and Deer need not apply.

    WORST ACCOMPLISHMENT FROM MANKIND (so far): Making us all dependent on oil. Both foreign and domestic. (only because you took Reality Shows, PCN)

  • Benita says:

    I’m a new email subcriber. I’d like to enter both giveaways.

    I guess I’d be a babboon seeking a puppy-Man’s Best friend?

    Man’s most embarrassing accomplishment? I’d say fast food places. They’re unhealthy, usually dirty and you get what you pay for.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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