Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £19.99

Buy Now for £19.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask—or not—was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. As Happy-Go-Lucky opens, he is learning to shoot guns with his sister, visiting muddy flea markets in Serbia, buying gummy worms to feed to ants, and telling his nonagenarian father wheelchair jokes.

But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he's stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his work he loves most. To cope, he walks for miles through a nearly deserted city, smelling only his own breath. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to hoard anything, and contemplates how sex workers and acupuncturists might be getting by during quarantine.

As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds himself changed. His offer to fix a stranger's teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own, and ventures into the world with new confidence. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone's son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America: people weary, storefronts empty or festooned with Help Wanted signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black Lives Matter.

In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about these recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all. If we must live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Sedaris.

©2022 David Sedaris (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

What listeners say about Happy-Go-Lucky

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    128
  • 4 Stars
    15
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    129
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    112
  • 4 Stars
    23
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant as ever - but a missed edit left in

David Sedaris is excellent as ever. Worth flagging overlaid audio approx 31 minutes into Hurricane Season.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant

Brilliant - thats all you need to know . But you require more words so here - brilliant !

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

latest and possibly last excellent work by maestro

Another excellent piece of work by Sedaris - some memorable pieces including reflections on his father's demise, passages that in themselves make this audiobook worthwhile. However, there is a sense of the cream about to sour with the inclusion of the insistent reminders of his vast wealth.- possibly ironic intention and self-deprecating delivery still give the feeling of decadence and finality. Similarly, the knots he managed to tie himself into regarding his need to appeal to a distinct demographic of liberal anti-Trump fanatics and Covid cult members undermined much of his generally astute and non-partisan observations of the human circus.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing as ever

I was gutted when it finished as I always am, can’t get enough of David Sedaris

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Sedaris on top form

Sedaris would shudder at every cliche that this kind of 3 sentence review depends upon. No matter, this is a brilliant collection and we'll worth one of your monthly credits. This recording includes several live readings which are transformative and shows off him and his writing at his very best.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

David Sedaris at his wonderful best

I love David Sedaris and was super happy to see he has a new book out. It is a joyous listen, so funny and well-observed. You can’t beat his delivery. I laughed out loud so many times, a cracker being his sister Amy’s reaction to David putting on his father’s old beret. Priceless. I could listen to his stories all day long and not get bored. I didn’t want it to end :)

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

My favourite so far….

Not recommended reading when you are in public places as it’s laugh out loud funny!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for gad
  • gad
  • 28-06-22

Awesome as always

He never disappoints! He has such an great ability to share his darkest flaws, most of which we all share