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Jordan

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  • Infinite Jest

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    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 R. Williams says: "good if you already read the book."
    "An epic American portrait made accessible"
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    This was my second time through Infinite Jest, and listening to it was much easier and much more enjoyable than the first time, thanks to the wonderful multi-talented narration by Sean Pratt. The range of his voices for each of the many characters brings the story to life in a way that makes it much more accessible and enjoyable than the dense (and brick-heavy!) book version.

    I disagree with the other reviews that complained about the choice to leave the footnotes out; the novel is not driven by the plot - but the sense of continuity that does exist would not be possible with the footnotes included.

    DFW was a genius - the hilarious and poignant way he communicates his understanding of the human condition indeed combats loneliness, even despite the tragedy that he was presumably not able to keep his own depressions from overpowering him.

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