Sean Pratt is an extraordinary reader. I can't imagine a more challenging book, and like a good writer Pratt makes each character uniquely alive and compelling. He's got a perfect ear for comic storytelling.
never before have I heard with so much Clarity in graphic detail Pleasure and Pain describe. there were times I had to turn the audio book off because of the visual imagery. shame that David Foster Wallace had to edit his own map
The narrator pronounced the "h" in "why", "while", and "white". It was awful. As for the story itself, it thought it was way smarter than it was. Calling Tylenol acetaminophen and plastic bags polyethylene doesn't mean you're saying anything worthwhile.
This was 56 hours of listening about weird people,about their boogers, snot, vomit and poop and completely has not point. I thought it was disgusting and pointless.
There is zero plot and it is very hard to follow who the characters are and how they are connected to one another.
I hated the story but Sean Pratt's performance was amazing.
I wouldn't have published it at all.
Before I started this, I heard that while many people claim to have read Infinite Jest, very few actually have. This is the only reason I can comprehend why so many people claim this work is a masterpiece. They are just parroting what they heard. I think it is an Emperor has no clothes kind of thing and everyone is afraid they will come across as nonintellectual if they admit to not understanding this piece of garbage. Fifty-six hours wasted listening about weird people's boogers is time I'd like to get back. I'm not even sure why I made myself finish it. I kept hoping it would get better but it did not.
Reading "Infinite Jest" as an audio book may be the best possible way of doing this book. The narrator (Sean Pratt) injects dozens of voices and effects, so that having him in your ear for 56 hours (yes) is like listening to several radio stations for days at a time. The book is legendary. The author has become mythic. Sure it's long. And there are valleys (it helps if someone is interested in the workings of New England private schools -- I am -- or in the intricacies of playing junior competitive tennis -- I am not) but there are not just hills but mountains. Lots of jokes too. In order to be part of the zeitgeist, it certainly helps to have read this book. If nothing else, it's influenced so many others. Now, perhaps, I'll see the movie.
Of course "Gravity's Rainbow" or any Pynchon. Some "Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas." And a touch of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe" and "Another Roadside Attraction" or any Tom Robbins.
Are. You. Kidding?
Narrator is brilliant, despite mispronouncing a word or two and stumbling almost every time he had to say "Postlethwaite"
Heroic job. I hope he was paid amply.
I'd say I prefer my books to have a beginning and an end, not even necessary in that order but it should wrap up and have a conclusion. closure of some sort. not this one. their were many funny and humorous parts as well as vividly sad stories in rehab settings. No doubt the writing is absolutely great. It rambled along, entertainingly but ultimately to no avail, not for me anyway.
The endnotes should be embedded in the track. I know you claim you've put the endnotes in a totally separate book for the sake of the listeners, but this reasoning is nuts. There's no way on earth anyone actually believes actual human people prefer to
1) back out of whatever section (the body of the book is 7 downloads) they're in
2) back out of the book itself to the library
3) play a totally separate book to hear endnote 243 (or whatever #)
4) when the endnote is finished (most are less than a minute) go back out to the library
5) play the original book again
6) repeat this process 300+ times while you do whatever it is you usually do while you listen to audiobooks (probably the reason you started listening to audiobooks)
I do agree that having the endnotes embedded *could* be slightly confusing at times, but no one is listening to a 60 hour book without some expectation of putting out effort, and believing possibly the book itself being *worth* putting out effort. Plus, as a consumer, I promise you I'd rather be momentarily confused by the piece of art than DEEPLY FRUSTRATED with the presentation of the book itself for THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE BOOK. Just embed the notes & charge 2 credits for the book.
Pratt is not my favorite generally, but this is the worst I've heard him. I know the book is long, but there are SO MANY places where it's painfully obvious that a word or a few sentences were rerecorded in a separate session. The sound varies quite a lot. The poor recording is a constant reminder of the medium itself, and detracts from the book.
the book itself sparks a variety of reactions, Audible's presentation sparks frustration
I've physically read IJ a few times, & I like it quite a lot. This is the worst audiobook I've finished.