I was hesitant about undertaking Infinite Jest as an audio book. I had read half of the book and was finding it difficult to pick it back up and read. I started over with the audio book and I'm glad I did. Having first read half of the book I was able to ease myself into listening to it. I wasn't sure that the epic scale of the "story" would be able to exist as an audio book, but it certainly did. I understand why the footnotes were left out for the sake of the "narrative" but I found it difficult switching back and forth between the print and the audio. I agree with some of the other reviews that the footnotes should exist as a separate audio track to be switched back and forth.
Despite my frustrations with the footnotes I think this book should be required reading (listening)
I think the subject of this book is made all the more interesting seeing it through the eyes of Jon Ronson, which is exemplified in his performance. This is definitely one of those instances where the author's narration of their own work creates a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. I highly recommend this listen.
What a delight! I enjoyed every minute of this book. Frances McDormand is absolutely perfect. What a lovely joining of story and narrator.
The language in this book is truly beautiful. I enjoyed the performance but this is a book that at times I wished I had the physical book in front of my so I could see the beauty of the words on the page.
I really enjoy stories about service dogs, so I was inclined to like this before I even started it. It's difficult for me to separate my personal interest sometimes from the merits of whatever book in question but this is one that was an amazing story even without my preexisting service dog fascination.
What was really remarkable about this book was not the central story of the events of 9/11 (which is inspiring in itself) but the context of Michael Hingson's life before and after that day. I've been recommending this book to everyone I know. I found myself finding ways to bring it up in conversation.
Some books I listen to I find that I wish I had read them instead, this was definitely not one of them. Ruby Dee is marvelous.
I loved this book based on concept alone. I loved the first half, I liked the second. I enjoyed this book so much I was giddy while listening.
There were some really fun moments in this story, chasing donkeys and climbing trees, it makes me think of 12 year old boys traveling as adults.
That immaturity and naive fun gets old though when you are trapped in the angst ridden mind of the main character.
Dian Graham is not my favorite narrator and I think my annoyance with Will didn't help.
I enjoyed this book though, I think it's worth listening to, it's just not my favorite Eggers, which I think makes me judge it more harshly.
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