• Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers

  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 28 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-05-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (86 ratings)

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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.
©1996 David Foster Wallace (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Raleigh on 11-25-16

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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1 out of 5 stars
By rylee on 06-16-16

Doesn't include the footnotes!?

This is an amazing book, the low rating isn't for the book itself but for the audio book. It first says how important the footnotes are to the story then says they won't be including them in the recording? Saying that they will call out the number of the footnote so you can follow along with a paper copy???

I bought this to re experience a book I loved and didn't have the time to sit down and read the paper copy. What's the point of buying an audio book if you have to lug around a 1079 page book with you to follow along?

This is stupid. I've listened to other David Foster Wallace audiobooks and they included the footnotes just fine. What the f**k! I'm so angry. 

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5 out of 5 stars
By alex on 08-05-14

Fantastically read.

What made the experience of listening to Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers the most enjoyable?

The book is magnificent, and I was apprehensive about listening to it because I wanted the reader to do it justice. Mr Pratt does a fantastic job. Fantastic. I downloaded this to listen to when my eyes were otherwise occupied and I couldn't read my hard copy and now I just want to listen to the whole thing.

Any additional comments?

The reviewer who made insistent demands that the woman speaking the numbers should be removed – as if she were some kind of interfering glitch – clearly did not listen to the first two minutes of the recording in which they explain that the numbers are a nod to Wallace's endnotes, which they don't include in the narration. It would be kind of impossible to include the endnotes in the recording, and I think this is a pretty good way of not excluding them entirely.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ms R. E. Moody on 07-08-14

Phew! Finally I can understand this text!

Would you consider the audio edition of Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers to be better than the print version?

Absolutely, for the novice to this type of literary fiction, I cannot tell you how many times I have started and given up on the actual book. This performance by Sean Pratt is really humorous, sad and entertaining.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I guess The Mothers! They are represented in such a way she feels just out of view.

Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances? How does this one compare?


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

I think in the beginning when Hal is trying so hard to be "normal' and be heard.

Any additional comments?

Cannot wait for my new credit for Part Two.

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