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Infinite Jest Audiobook
Infinite Jest
Written by: 
David Foster Wallace
Narrated by: 
Sean Pratt
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Infinite Jest Audiobook

Infinite Jest

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"Pratt is a startlingly good narrator, dry and expressive, with the kind of vocal control that evokes dozens of characters with only slight but very distinctive variations of accent and affect.... Pratt hears the humor in Wallace's work, and lets you in on the joke without resorting to overheated wackiness. His control and stamina are impressive." (John Schwartz, The New York Times Book Review)

Publisher's Summary

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.

Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.

Please note: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material, including endnotes, will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

A Note from Hachette Audio
We are deeply honored to be the audio publisher of David Foster Wallace's works, and are keenly aware of the great responsibility that attends the privilege. We felt that it was important to make Infinite Jest accessible in the audio format as soon as we were able, and are gratified to find that there is an audience that has been waiting for just this occasion.

Some early listeners have been disappointed that the novel's endnotes are currently available only in text form, to be read. Choosing to include the endnotes as a downloadable PDF file, rather than as a recording by the narrator, was a difficult decision for all involved, and we debated different options at length before beginning production. The audio format allows us great opportunities to showcase Wallace's love of language and grammatical dexterity, to illuminate characters and their relationships, and to bring out some of the unique humor inherent in his work. However, there are also certain limitations to the format, and we needed let go of some of our preconceived notions about the form of Infinite Jest, as we must when we adapt any complex work to audio.

The compromise we ended up with was heavily influenced by practical concerns, especially those regarding the limitations of current technology. Because some of the endnotes are pages-long digressions, if we had them read in line with the main narrative, we would have run the risk of making the already complex story unfollowable for listeners. In the end, we decided the audiobook would flow best by having the endnotes indicated by number throughout the narrative by an additional narrator. However, we acknowledge that these choices may not work for all listeners. Accordingly, our future plans are to produce the endnotes as an additional, stand-alone audio piece.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2006 David Foster Wallace (P)2012 Hachette

What the Critics Say

“[A]n exhilarating, breathtaking experience. This book teems with so much life and death, so much hilarity and pain, so much gusto in the face of despair that one cheers for the future of our literature.” (Newsday)

"[A] postmodern saga of damnation and salvation…resourceful, hilarious, intelligent, and unique.” (The Atlantic Monthly)

"[C]ompulsively entertaining… one of the big talents of his generation, a writer of virtuosic skills who can seemingly do anything.” (New York Times)

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    "this book sucks."

    seriously I don't know why people like this book. the characters talk like no one has ever talked in the history of the world. the plot doesn't make sense and it just ends nowhere. anything about the story that is interesting or compelling goes unresolved.

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    Brad 12-19-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I liked this story. It made me laugh. It made me weep. I sent gift copies to people I love, and I sent a copy to someone I hate. They deserved it. I think some of the best stories might for instance be set in a tennis school, or at AAmeetings. I sure learned a lot about depression and drugs and stuff, as well as lots of new words like "annular" and ummmm, Annular and well yes, annular. Plus some others.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This story was interesting for me because I could listen to it. It was like being told a story, or like my big brother who I look up to, not hitting me with a tennis ball, kind of bouncing it on my head, over and over and telling me that he thinks post modern is over and we are now definitely post post modern and that we should all be playing virtual eschaton and watching out that we don't get too clinically depressed because if we do, we will become addicted to reading very long novels where the author makes fun of us for reading what he writes before he takes his own life, to show us he meant what he said about it being all one big joke. Seriously!


    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    At 56 hours, I heard a guy down the valley couldn't stop and perished of dehydration. So I always keep a glass of Gatorade next to me just in case I get too engrossed.


    Any additional comments?

    Dear David. Thank you. We will miss you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley La Crosse, WI, United States 09-10-12
    Bradley La Crosse, WI, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, great reader!"
    Where does Infinite Jest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top, except for the frustration over having to run to the book to read the endnotes.


    What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

    He captured Wallace's narration voice and every character's voice perfectly. This is probably the greatest performance of a book I've ever listened to (and I've listened to about a hundred).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, and it made me curse every time I missed an endnote.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone willing to listen to 56 hours of this wouldn't mind listening to another 10 in order to hear all the endnotes. I think it was a terrible mistake not to include them. Other than that, this is one of the greatest books ever written, and one of the greatest performances by a reader.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ä Lalilu 10-22-12
    Ä Lalilu 10-22-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Test Review - only for tech testing"

    This is only a test and shall not go live. This is only a test and shall not go live.

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    Lawrence P Mier 07-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "GET THE END NOTES PDF FROM THE NON-MOBILE SITE"
    What would have made Infinite Jest better?

    The end notes. I use audible solely from my phone. The end notes are only available via download on the full site. They are not available on the mobile site or app that you are automatically directed to, so be sure to login via the web and go to the full site option in the footer of the page. Then you will have the option to download the end notes. I always figured that Audible just screwed up as the PDF wasn't in the app etc.


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    Craig 07-29-16
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    "WOW. WOW. WOW! Amazing storytelling & performance."

    Lived up to high expectations. I legitimately laughed out loud every time I listened and COULD NOT put it down once started so I would find time whenever I was anywhere to read on.

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    case wills 07-25-16
    case wills 07-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant Gut Punch"

    Incredible writing, and storytelling, with deeply realized characters spiraling up or down in tragicomic beauty. A masterwork, but tough going. Feels like a gut punch at times. Never boring but not for everyone. Tests your vocabulary, your stomach, and your heart.

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    Amazon Customer Roslindale, MA, United States 07-20-16
    Amazon Customer Roslindale, MA, United States 07-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Sean Pratt please do more fiction"
    If you could sum up Infinite Jest in three words, what would they be?

    Virtuoso, prescient, heartbreaking


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gately. Most relatable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene with Mario in it.


    Any additional comments?

    Big kudos to the narrator here. Would have thought this book impossible to narrate well. He knocks it out of the park on so many levels. Why isn't Sean Pratt doing more fiction instead of so many business and self help titles?

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    steven 07-14-16
    steven 07-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "my favorite book of all time."

    incredible piece of art. I've listened to it four times in the past two years

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    Taylor 06-25-16
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    "Hilarious though hard to follow"

    It's excellent. If this is your first DFW, it might be best to start with Girl With Curious Hair. But if you're ready to take the plunge, great! Sean Pratt is fantastic in his delivery and performance of Infinite Jest, but it still doesn't make it easier to digest. I did enjoy the audiobook, and it helped me consume the book, but I wouldn't recommend solely getting the audiobook. It's just difficult to follow. Countless sentences are page-long, and DFW invents words and years and uses acronyms like nobody's business. I often found myself listening to the audiobook and going back to reread parts of it in my paperback. Still, for its length, I enjoyed having multiple formats. Good luck and enjoy!

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