I listened to this book right after I finished An Ember in the Ashes because I needed a lighthearted funny read and David Sedaris is always good for that. Barrel Fever has some real life essays but is mainly fictional. It was a little weird to read because this is his first book, and it's very different from his other work. It was good but it was my least favorite of his. I did listened to the audiobook which is read by both David and Amy Sedaris which added an extra layer of humor. Over all it was good just not my favorite.