Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers

  • by David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 28 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Audible Editor 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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smart enough to observe / too timid to participate

my youngest child, an undergraduate, takes english classes
wallace's "infinite jest" and joyce's "ulysses" were assigned and compared
i downloaded "infinite jest" in hopes it'd give us something to talk about

the book was published feb.1996 / sadly, mr. wallace hung himself 9.12.08
some have read "infinite jest" as a insightful commentary on modern america
others could see it as a very long, somewhat academic suicide note

wallace's childhood and early adult life gave him experience in 3 main areas
1) elite junior tennis 2) academic in-fighting 3) drug use and rehabilitation
he then plows these 3 fields for insights about the state and fate of our world

suicide, familial dissociative disorders and psychic pain are mentioned often
wallace believes his own mental anguish is beyond other's "simple anhedonia"
his symptoms remain stubbornly resistant to modern pharmacological therapy

the book's tone is privileged, precocious, a bit timid and somewhat remote
wallace wants to comment on life, while at the same time keeping life at arm's length
he's the observer of the spectacle rather than a sweaty participant in the struggle

wallace's intense intellect, energy and talent for language are certainly admirable
but by the end of "infinite jest", part of me just couldn't wait for it to be over
sadly, mr. david foster wallace may have come to that very same conclusion




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- Raleigh

Narrator brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to people who have a sense of humor and enjoy high brow lit. Eggers provides a great intro and the narrator, Sean Pratt, could not have done a better job.


What did you like best about this story?

The story.


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

Not one character in this multi-character book was lazily done.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nope.


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- Eric

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio