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Erik A. Hanson

Chicago | Member Since 2012

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  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Paul Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (152)
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    (133)
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    (132)

    In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction.

    Misha says: "Overdramatic narrator for my taste"
    "Great writing, middling reading."
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    Where does A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The essay genre is well suited for audio format, where thoughts can dance without wandering too far, and there's no strong need to write down anything for reference later, apart from well turned phrases we might want to look back on for inspiration.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    David Foster Wallace was a master of the essay form.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Garcia?

    I don't know whom I would have chosen over Paul Garcia, but it was clear from the reading the way things ought to have been read, but weren't. I recall a chiasmus or two read in a way that seemed oblivious to the relation of the two sentences, and it hurt to hear.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could listen to each entry in one go, but it's refreshing enough and light enough, yet coherent enough to only hear as much as fits in a walk, jog or commute, to be picked up later. Again, kudos to the author.


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