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Editorial Reviews

"Pratt is a startlingly good narrator, dry and expressive, with the kind of vocal control that evokes dozens of characters with only slight but very distinctive variations of accent and affect.... Pratt hears the humor in Wallace's work, and lets you in on the joke without resorting to overheated wackiness. His control and stamina are impressive." (John Schwartz, The New York Times Book Review)
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Publisher's Summary

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.
Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.
Please note: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material, including endnotes, will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
A Note from Hachette Audio
We are deeply honored to be the audio publisher of David Foster Wallace's works, and are keenly aware of the great responsibility that attends the privilege. We felt that it was important to make Infinite Jest accessible in the audio format as soon as we were able, and are gratified to find that there is an audience that has been waiting for just this occasion.
Some early listeners have been disappointed that the novel's endnotes are currently available only in text form, to be read. Choosing to include the endnotes as a downloadable PDF file, rather than as a recording by the narrator, was a difficult decision for all involved, and we debated different options at length before beginning production. The audio format allows us great opportunities to showcase Wallace's love of language and grammatical dexterity, to illuminate characters and their relationships, and to bring out some of the unique humor inherent in his work. However, there are also certain limitations to the format, and we needed let go of some of our preconceived notions about the form of Infinite Jest, as we must when we adapt any complex work to audio.
The compromise we ended up with was heavily influenced by practical concerns, especially those regarding the limitations of current technology. Because some of the endnotes are pages-long digressions, if we had them read in line with the main narrative, we would have run the risk of making the already complex story unfollowable for listeners. In the end, we decided the audiobook would flow best by having the endnotes indicated by number throughout the narrative by an additional narrator. However, we acknowledge that these choices may not work for all listeners. Accordingly, our future plans are to produce the endnotes as an additional, stand-alone audio piece.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2006 David Foster Wallace (P)2012 Hachette
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Critic Reviews

“[A]n exhilarating, breathtaking experience. This book teems with so much life and death, so much hilarity and pain, so much gusto in the face of despair that one cheers for the future of our literature.” ( Newsday)
"[A] postmodern saga of damnation and salvation…resourceful, hilarious, intelligent, and unique.” ( The Atlantic Monthly)
"[C]ompulsively entertaining… one of the big talents of his generation, a writer of virtuosic skills who can seemingly do anything.” ( New York Times)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By kurdis teed on 04-25-17

Listening to this is quite an experience

Would you listen to Infinite Jest again? Why?

Yes, the story and the narration is excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

Too much to like to separate one single part of the story.

Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

James Incandenza

If you could rename Infinite Jest, what would you call it?

It's the perfect title for a book. You could never rename it

Any additional comments?

This is a form of entertainment that is better than television. The combination of DFW's prose and Sean Pratt's narration is so far above anything else I've heard on audiobook. I only wish I could find another audiobook close to this amazing. I've started a number of other audiobooks, but I'd rather just listen to this again. So the search continues.

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5 out of 5 stars
By steven on 07-14-16

my favorite book of all time.

incredible piece of art. I've listened to it four times in the past two years

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4 out of 5 stars
By pedersen.nyegaard@wanadoo.dk on 12-07-12

Almost perfect

A treat. Brilliant reading of the most earth-shaking English prose in the last 30 (or more) years. David Foster Wallace is incomparable, and Sean Pratt's reading is dynamic and flexible - the only flaw being the end-notes which are not read, but which you have to read yourself (you receive a PDF-file when buying the audiobook). And yes, it's long, but it's well worth the time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By clive on 01-23-13

Spectacular - don't be daunted

This is what audiobooks are for - listening to great, daunting seeming books you'd never read. This book is spectacular. You can't expect to have the loose ends tied up, or to know what's going on half the time, but you can expect to be gripped and thoroughly entertained and to fall into a different world. Definitely worth listening to.

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4 out of 5 stars
By tom on 08-23-17

infinite trip

a gargantuan piece of american literary prose, at times it takes you with it to places you would never expect at others it will totally leave you behind. the language is thorough, beautiful, descriptive and at times totally erratic. There are moments so well represented that you feel yourself drawn into the story. it's deeply sad, deeply troubling and in the end i found myself thinking, what exactly did i just listen to, what was that.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas Windmiller on 05-30-18

Wow

Wow don't know how I'm suppose to feel after that but I liked it. Good narrator as well.

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