Author and narrator David Foster Wallace an inspired, funny, day in the life experience.
Loved the Rockland Maine description, as I too have eaten a lobster roll at this authentically original festival celebrating all things Maine.
His intonation and verve. His brilliant intellect spoken as if he were telling me the story..priceless.
Why spoil it with a crappy version of big Hollywood? C'mon Audible? Is this the best you can muster?
You won't be untouched by these stories
Dead Man Dancing
I didn't buy the audiobook of "Infinite Jest" because of all the complaints about the foot-and-endnotes being omitted. I wanted me some DFW so I bought this book, which is a very pleasant listen. AND, it includes the footnotes. Wallace simply speaks to his listeners, explains how the notes will sound a bit different so you know when you're hearing them instead of the main text, and we're off. No problem. I had at first sympathized with the producers of IJ because it seemed like, yeah, that could be complicated. But it isn't. It's a bit mystifying that they didn't use the same technique. Oh, well...
Wallace has a pleasing voice, and it's great to hear him tackling some of his best writing. I wish the other essays from the book were also included, but what's here is top-drawer.
Great mind delivers a branching, beautifully incongruous narrative with boundless cynicism and witty despair. If he and hitchens ever bred, the world would implode.
Hilarious - insightful - cutting straight to the bone. These are timeless essays, each poking into a hidden world: from behind-the-scenes porn stars, to simply a few old women from Ohio, reacting to 9/11. Those seem like they could fall culprit to easy cliches, but with DFW's brilliant observations and writing, everything seems fresh. This audiobook will go by instantly. Highly recommended if you like Malcolm Gladwell, Joan Didion, David Rakoff and the like.
I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.
Anything by David Wallace is great, but specifically his two collections of nonfiction essays (this being one of them). The title piece is my personal favorite, but hearing him discuss the AVN awards is classic.
It's a couple of stories, so I'll just say it was both informative and entertaining.
His dry sense of humor.
The title story regarding the Lobster festival made me think differently regarding what I eat, specifically lobster..
This is a fantastic collection - and narrated by the Man himself pushes it over the edge of good into a "must listen".
It's disappointingly "abridged" - that's all the negative I've got to say.
Yes - I listened to "This is Water" and I saw him read live at a Barnes and Noble in NYC in the late 90s.
How does this compare? It's good. Very good.
I would recommend this audiobook. David Foster Wallace had a knack for insight that is rare. I was sad to see that this book was abridged. The essays were wonderful as always but it was over too soon.
David's reading was not the best I've heard. He's a little monotonous. But it was nice to hear his voice and it worked well enough for these essays.
I wanted to save this book for an upcoming car trip but I could help myself and I ended up listening to it all before I left!
the varied topics
knowing DFW has passed away and will never write again
the chapter on lobster
subtlies by d f w
So well written and thought provoking. I love all his books, but this one is even more enjoyable because DFW narrates it!