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Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers | [David Foster Wallace]

Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers

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.
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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.

©1996 David Foster Wallace (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    I couldn't take it on audio. Too complex and challenging for dog walking. Better by the fire.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Rachel Moody
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    7/8/14
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    "Phew! Finally I can understand this text!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely, for the novice to this type of literary fiction, I cannot tell you how many times I have started and given up on the actual book. This performance by Sean Pratt is really humorous, sad and entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I guess The Mothers! They are represented in such a way she feels just out of view.


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think in the beginning when Hal is trying so hard to be "normal' and be heard.


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot wait for my new credit for Part Two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freddie
    London, United Kingdom
    3/11/14
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    "Please fix the technical glitch"
    What made the experience of listening to Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers the most enjoyable?

    Pls fix the sound - a woman keeps interjecting with numbers - like a guide track that shouldn't be there


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not her. Pls fix the sound - a woman keeps interjecting with numbers - like a guide track that shouldn't be there


    What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Pls fix the sound - a woman keeps interjecting with numbers - like a guide track that shouldn't be there


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

    Pls fix the sound - a woman keeps interjecting with numbers - like a guide track that shouldn't be there


    Any additional comments?

    Pls fix the sound - a woman keeps interjecting with numbers - like a guide track that shouldn't be there. ALready reported this but no one got back in touch with me.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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