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Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers Audiobook
Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers
Written by: 
David Foster Wallace
Narrated by: 
Sean Pratt
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Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers Audiobook

Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers

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Audible Editor Reviews

"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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    Dr, Julie Jackson 05-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I had to buy the book"

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

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Mill Valley, CA, United States 11-21-15
    Eric Mill Valley, CA, United States 11-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to people who have a sense of humor and enjoy high brow lit. Eggers provides a great intro and the narrator, Sean Pratt, could not have done a better job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    Not one character in this multi-character book was lazily done.


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

    Nope.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rylee 06-16-16
    rylee 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Doesn't include the footnotes!?"

    This is an amazing book, the low rating isn't for the book itself but for the audio book. It first says how important the footnotes are to the story then says they won't be including them in the recording? Saying that they will call out the number of the footnote so you can follow along with a paper copy???

    I bought this to re experience a book I loved and didn't have the time to sit down and read the paper copy. What's the point of buying an audio book if you have to lug around a 1079 page book with you to follow along?

    This is stupid. I've listened to other David Foster Wallace audiobooks and they included the footnotes just fine. What the f**k! I'm so angry. 

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 07-14-15
    Sarah 07-14-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "The wrong format for this book"
    Any additional comments?

    This is obviously a great work of American fiction, and I look forward to finishing it as a conventional tree-based tome. It's indecipherable as an audiobook.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    A. Herlick Ontario, Canada 05-21-15
    A. Herlick Ontario, Canada 05-21-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Must listen :)"

    Brilliant story and narration.

    The footnotes are necessary at times and amusing at others.

    I read this book before I listened.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • alex
    London, United Kingdom
    8/5/14
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    "Fantastically read."
    What made the experience of listening to Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers the most enjoyable?

    The book is magnificent, and I was apprehensive about listening to it because I wanted the reader to do it justice. Mr Pratt does a fantastic job. Fantastic. I downloaded this to listen to when my eyes were otherwise occupied and I couldn't read my hard copy and now I just want to listen to the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    The reviewer who made insistent demands that the woman speaking the numbers should be removed – as if she were some kind of interfering glitch – clearly did not listen to the first two minutes of the recording in which they explain that the numbers are a nod to Wallace's endnotes, which they don't include in the narration. It would be kind of impossible to include the endnotes in the recording, and I think this is a pretty good way of not excluding them entirely.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ms R. E. 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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Henry
    7/21/15
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    "Perfectly read by Sean Pratt, wonderful novel by DFW"

    Infinite Jest works well in audiobook form and this is in no small part helped by Sean Pratt's fantastic reading (complete with impressive changes in accent, tone and characterisation). This is long listen but the chapters are well paced, and as mentioned, Sean Pratt reads with a deep sensitivity and knowledge of the text and the author -- humour is particularly effectively conveyed! Highly recommended. Only thing is that you've got to keep listening on a regular basis otherwise you'll have spent a lot on an Audible subscription if you meander along like I did...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dru Morton
    6/5/16
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    "Lives up to the hype"

    I've owned a copy of infinite jest for maybe 10 years, it has got to be one of the most intimidating Novels I've ever bought and I have picked it up and started it at least once a year. The writing is spectacular, David Foster Wallace is an artist with words and the book is a genuine pleasure but it just such a massive commitment to try and sit and read the whole book. so I was immensely pleased to find this audio version! I downloaded this onto my phone and listened to it every time I had a few minutes and wanted a distraction. Sean Pratt took some getting used to but overall does a fantastic job of conveying the authors words and inflections. the only problem I have had with this book is that sometimes I just don't want to stop listening! all in part 1 and 2 make up 50 odd hours of listening, so it's a big undertaking but having finished it I am very glad I took the ride. this is a modern classic and now one of my favourite books. One word of advice I might give is, if you do have a copy of the book to hand it can help. There are a great deal of footnotes, noted in the recording with numbers (to read them all out would disrupt the story immensely as some are long and at a complete tangent to the narrative but they are brilliant and worth reading. I know they are technically in the 3rd part of this audio book but they make very little sense out of context.)

    I cannot recommend this book enough. it is a wonderful experience and I only wish DFW had stuck around to write a few more like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petra
    London, United Kingdom
    6/4/16
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    "Worth it"

    I admit that I was apprehensive. Books that I have hated with a passion include: Ulysses, Tropic of whatever and 2666.
    This half of the book is extremely long, it is disjointed and as a result it took me hours to pick up the several narrative streams. But it is also clever and funny (really, laugh out loud funny in parts); and I liked the way it crackles along. The narrator is brilliant. He gives the impression that he loves the book. I wouldn't have had the time nor probably the patience to tackle the print version.
    I hope and expect to be able to give Part 2 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MikeNLPAcademy
    5/11/16
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    "The most profound publication of our time"

    The most profound publication of our time, if you could transcribe the internal mechanations of today's culture it would read something like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marwan Imam
    4/29/16
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    "Fantastic and this is just part one"

    The boom starts slow, and maintains a leisurely pace but oh my God is it brilliant. And once it catches on and gets into the meat of the story and you start making sense of what's going on, it becomes something you want to be listening to at all times. Which is great considering the full book with footnotes is some 75+ hours.

    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.

    6 of 29 people found this review helpful

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