I just found the author too wordy and it felt like the story was going in circles. It is the first book in a long time that I just had to abandon.
Perhaps I'm just not hip enough to "get" DFW but this book was just a waste of my time and credit. Unless you enjoy explorations of nihilism don't wast your credit.
After 10 years of subscribing to Audible.com this is only the second book that I just could not finish. The beginning was tolerable, even a highlight in the description of the little boy who was so "perfect" that everyone around him was driven crazy. But, when it got to the section that was the ONE SIDE of the dialog during an IRS internal review board - I had to quit. It went on and on. A little of that and I got the point. Why did it have to continue? This book defines why Authors like Margaret Mitchel (Gone With the Wind), were so adamant about being secretive with their unpublished works. No Author should be judged by the manuscripts left behind. Too bad, this one will be, now that this book has been published.
Untranslatable. This is a foreign language book. Yes, the language is English and a polysyllabic vocabulary is trotted out to impress the reader/listener, and this particular reader/listener knows the definitions, but none of it makes any sense. Shame on Foster-Wallace for abusing his privilege and exalted status amongst the literati. One of the purposes of literature and poetry to to engage the reader in a one-to-one dialogue, or at least a bond - the reader experiences the writer's thoughts separated by several timeframes. However this novel breaks that bond, and I am not impressed.