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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