This audiobook is falsely advertised as "unabridged."
David Foster Wallace wrote this novel with literally *hundreds* of footnotes that are INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT to the story. Some of them are dozens of pages long, and contain important dialogue/explanation. You actually cannot fully understand the book without the footnotes, and the audiobook does not include them. In fact, it begins by telling you that, though a female voice will tell you where the footnotes are, nobody will read them. These footnotes are not "supplemental" material - they are an integral part of the novel, making this audiobook unequivocally ABRIDGED.
Audible, it should be labelled as such, or there should be a very visible disclaimer.
In addition, the reader is pretty good, but ridiculously slow. This (in a book that is well over 1,000 double-sized pages) is a bit of a problem. Some of his lengthy pauses make it difficult to get through. It can take him almost an hour to get through ten or so pages.
No spoilers here.
This was my first E. M. Forster title, and I couldn't turn it off. Crossley's intonation conveys a real understanding of the text, and he has excellent timing, which is crucial for the delivery of this funny novel. There's a moment of confusion with the voices near the beginning, but it doesn't happen again. I highly recommend this narrator.
Forster has a touch of Dickensian ridiculousness, and dissects the human condition (more especially, the British condition) admirably. Thoughtful and entertaining, this novel is driven by insight and idea. It will make you laugh, but it will also make you reconsider.
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