I love the man, his readings, and of course the essays - but the book pictured with the same name has 10 stories, this audiobook has four and I made the mistake of assuming the complete book would be found here.
It is not. This is a lesser collection that happens to share samples with the book pictured. This is annoying, to me. If they didn't use the title and *cover* of a greater collection I would have rated it highly had I purchased at all.
I'm not a fan of Tennis but through DFW, I was crazy engaged in criticism of a sports biography.
The different voice for footnotes works and is indeed needed.
But the songs played during the beginning or end of a chapter are totally unnecessary and distracting.
Overall, this is a good listening and DFW is a great author.
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.