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Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays) Audiobook

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

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Publisher's Summary

Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In this program, he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary.

Do lobsters feel pain?

He addresses this and other important cultural questions in four brilliant esasays from his latest collection.

In what is sure to be a much-talked-about exploration of distinctly modern subjects, one of the sharpest minds of our time delves into some of life's most delicious topics.

This collection includes the following essays: "Consider the Lobster", "The View from Mrs. Thompson's", "Big Red Son", and "How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart".

©2005 David Foster Wallace. All Rights Reserved.; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks. All Rights Reserved. A division of Time Warner Book Group.

What the Critics Say

"Wallace poses an unsettling challenge to the way many of us live now....This is strong stuff....It is Wallace's nostalgia for a lost meaningfulness...that gives his essays their particular urgency, their attractive mix of mordancy and humorous ruefulness....Few of his young peers have spoken as eloquently and feelingly as he has about the moral imagination that contemporary American life imposes on them." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Novelist Wallace might just be the smartest essayist writing today." (Publishers Weekly)

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    jwalda 06-22-16
    jwalda 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "hilariously executed. literally."

    how could it get any better than Wallace reading his own words--and footnotes!--in his own voice, with all of its own intonation.

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    Maria I. Mendez Reyno Toronto, Canada 05-18-16
    Maria I. Mendez Reyno Toronto, Canada 05-18-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Incomplete collection (only 4 of 10 stories)."
    What disappointed you about Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)?

    I love the man, his readings, and of course the essays - but the book pictured with the same name has 10 stories, this audiobook has four and I made the mistake of assuming the complete book would be found here.

    It is not. This is a lesser collection that happens to share samples with the book pictured. This is annoying, to me. If they didn't use the title and *cover* of a greater collection I would have rated it highly had I purchased at all.



    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm not a fan of Tennis but through DFW, I was crazy engaged in criticism of a sports biography.


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    Andre Wallace Simonsen 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, but could have been better"

    The different voice for footnotes works and is indeed needed.
    But the songs played during the beginning or end of a chapter are totally unnecessary and distracting.
    Overall, this is a good listening and DFW is a great author.

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    Ryan 03-24-16
    Ryan 03-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This audio isn't complete"

    This isn't the whole book. Where is the rest of it? I want a refund.

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    Kate 12-28-15
    Kate 12-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great performance."

    I wish I had included all the stories. I didn't check if it was abridged.

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    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 09-29-15
    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 09-29-15
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    "Selected Essays= Treasure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Author and narrator David Foster Wallace an inspired, funny, day in the life experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved the Rockland Maine description, as I too have eaten a lobster roll at this authentically original festival celebrating all things Maine.


    What does David Foster Wallace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His intonation and verve. His brilliant intellect spoken as if he were telling me the story..priceless.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Why spoil it with a crappy version of big Hollywood? C'mon Audible? Is this the best you can muster?


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be untouched by these stories

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    J. Houghton Encino, CA USA 08-02-15
    J. Houghton Encino, CA USA 08-02-15 Member Since 2013

    Dead Man Dancing

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    "Don't see the problem..."

    I didn't buy the audiobook of "Infinite Jest" because of all the complaints about the foot-and-endnotes being omitted. I wanted me some DFW so I bought this book, which is a very pleasant listen. AND, it includes the footnotes. Wallace simply speaks to his listeners, explains how the notes will sound a bit different so you know when you're hearing them instead of the main text, and we're off. No problem. I had at first sympathized with the producers of IJ because it seemed like, yeah, that could be complicated. But it isn't. It's a bit mystifying that they didn't use the same technique. Oh, well...

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    LostContacts 03-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well-Read, Well-Written"

    Wallace has a pleasing voice, and it's great to hear him tackling some of his best writing. I wish the other essays from the book were also included, but what's here is top-drawer.

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    God Bless America 02-21-15
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    "Lobsters are actually quite tasty."

    Great mind delivers a branching, beautifully incongruous narrative with boundless cynicism and witty despair. If he and hitchens ever bred, the world would implode.

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    Lindsay Windsor, Ontario, Canada 07-24-13
    Lindsay Windsor, Ontario, Canada 07-24-13
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    "Creative non fiction at its (auditory) best"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Hilarious - insightful - cutting straight to the bone. These are timeless essays, each poking into a hidden world: from behind-the-scenes porn stars, to simply a few old women from Ohio, reacting to 9/11. Those seem like they could fall culprit to easy cliches, but with DFW's brilliant observations and writing, everything seems fresh. This audiobook will go by instantly. Highly recommended if you like Malcolm Gladwell, Joan Didion, David Rakoff and the like.


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