Yes, I liked this story. It made me laugh. It made me weep. I sent gift copies to people I love, and I sent a copy to someone I hate. They deserved it. I think some of the best stories might for instance be set in a tennis school, or at AAmeetings. I sure learned a lot about depression and drugs and stuff, as well as lots of new words like "annular" and ummmm, Annular and well yes, annular. Plus some others.
This story was interesting for me because I could listen to it. It was like being told a story, or like my big brother who I look up to, not hitting me with a tennis ball, kind of bouncing it on my head, over and over and telling me that he thinks post modern is over and we are now definitely post post modern and that we should all be playing virtual eschaton and watching out that we don't get too clinically depressed because if we do, we will become addicted to reading very long novels where the author makes fun of us for reading what he writes before he takes his own life, to show us he meant what he said about it being all one big joke. Seriously!
At 56 hours, I heard a guy down the valley couldn't stop and perished of dehydration. So I always keep a glass of Gatorade next to me just in case I get too engrossed.
Dear David. Thank you. We will miss you.
At the top, except for the frustration over having to run to the book to read the endnotes.
He captured Wallace's narration voice and every character's voice perfectly. This is probably the greatest performance of a book I've ever listened to (and I've listened to about a hundred).
Both, and it made me curse every time I missed an endnote.
Anyone willing to listen to 56 hours of this wouldn't mind listening to another 10 in order to hear all the endnotes. I think it was a terrible mistake not to include them. Other than that, this is one of the greatest books ever written, and one of the greatest performances by a reader.
The story and performance are just as strong as the previous sections. However, the endnote markers are missing for several hours in the middle of this section making it frustrating to follow along.
The narrator, Sean Pratt, is excellent for this story. Even though the sentences can get very long and meandering, he speaks with such a casual rhythm that it becomes very easy to understand. The voices and dialects are also very believable and consistent. Besides the performance, this book is fantastic in its own right. Everyone should read it or listen to it at least once. Since its such a long book, I think listening is the best option along with reading the endnotes separately (since its not included in audio).
The book is thought provoking, and uncomfortable at times. It confronts the gruesome reality of the pursuit of pleasure and happiness and success as being all of one nature, a possibly obsessive drive.
Infinite Jest is infamous for its footnotes which are missing except for the female voicing their numbers. Since IJ is so mountainous to tackle and so complex as to necessitate multiple readings, an audiobook version is brilliant. Although I've long loved Sean Pratt's work (and not only with narration), his performance surpassed all expectations. Bravo!
Infinite Jest is a wonderful and confusing novel that makes too much sense on too many levels.
I listened to it while remodeling my bathroom. But it was so long and entertaining that I had to remodel my kitchen too.
The end notes. I use audible solely from my phone. The end notes are only available via download on the full site. They are not available on the mobile site or app that you are automatically directed to, so be sure to login via the web and go to the full site option in the footer of the page. Then you will have the option to download the end notes. I always figured that Audible just screwed up as the PDF wasn't in the app etc.