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Anew

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  • Infinite Jest

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (521)

    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

    Charlie Williams says: "good if you already read the book."
    "56 Hours of Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought the performance by Sean Pratt was just excellent. He made each character come alive (with, for example, different voices even for the characters that didn't have obvious accents). I looked for other fiction titles by this reader.

    I also liked the way that footnotes were dealt with compared to the alternative of inserting them in a different voice. It's never going to be perfect, dealing with footnotes, because some readers read each footnote right when it appears, some never read them, and others catch up on them periodically. I can see how this would not be ideal for fastidious or visually impaired listeners, but for a listener like me, who would go to the footnotes periodically while reading, this setup was perfect.

    The book itself I enjoyed enough to reread in print. I am catching a lot more of the humor this way--already familiar with the characters and more patient with the footnotes--but the more touching, emotional aspects of the book were well conveyed in audio. I would recommend the audiobook to the any reader who tried and failed to "get through" Infinite Jest in print. The audio was a pleasure to listen to for the full 56+ hours, which is saying a lot.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The First Bad Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Miranda July
    • Narrated By Miranda July
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people's babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women's self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they've been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

    alan says: "The book we've been fighting for"
    "Surprised how much I loved this"
    Overall

    Great story with excellent narration by the author. I thought myself laughing out loud several times, and really couldn't put the audio away until I was finished. This read like a parody of 50 shades at times but was also quite a touching story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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