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  • Infinite Jest | David Foster Wallace

    Infinite Jest

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    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.

    Tim says: "Thought Bubbles"
  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays) | David Foster Wallace

    Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By David Foster Wallace
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    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.

    Rick says: "David Foster Wallace...a good place to start"
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments | David Foster Wallace

    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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    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"
  • David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words | David Foster Wallace

    David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By David Foster Wallace
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    Collected here for the first time are the stories and speeches of David Foster Wallace as read by the author himself. Over the course of his career, David Foster Wallace recorded a variety of his work in diverse circumstances - from studio recordings to live performances - that are finally compiled in this unique collection.

    Amazon Customer says: "The best book on Audible!"
  • The Broom of the System: A Novel | David Foster Wallace

    The Broom of the System: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    At the center of The Broom of the System is the betwitching (and also bewildered) heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio, which sits on the edge of a suburban wasteland-the Great Ohio Desert. Lenore works as a switchboard attendant at a publishing firm, and in addition to her mind-numbing job, she has a few other problems. Her great-grandmother, a one-time student of Wittgenstein, has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home.

    Allan says: "what just happened"
  • The David Foster Wallace Reader | David Foster Wallace

    The David Foster Wallace Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, David Foster Wallace, Sally Foster Wallace, and others
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    Where do you begin with a writer as original and brilliant as David Foster Wallace? Here - with a carefully considered selection of his extraordinary body of work, chosen by a range of great writers, critics, and those who worked with him most closely. This volume presents his most dazzling, funniest, and most heartbreaking work.

    neil says: "Like listening to Mozart...or Led Zepplin"
  • The Pale King | David Foster Wallace

    The Pale King

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
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    The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has. The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death....

    Sharon says: "My Second Reading by DFW"
  • Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers | David Foster Wallace

    Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    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.

    Eric says: "Narrator brilliant"
  • This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording | David Foster Wallace

    This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
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    Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. This is the audio recording of David Foster Wallace delivering that very address. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others.

    John Nosal says: "The MVP of my book/audio library"
  • Infinite Jest, Part III: The Endnotes | David Foster Wallace

    Infinite Jest, Part III: The Endnotes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    These are the endnotes to David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, 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.

    Darwin8u says: "Approaching the Infinite Life Hack"
  • Oblivion: Stories | David Foster Wallace

    Oblivion: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness--a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his. These are worlds undreamt-of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity.

    Darwin8u says: "Just 2 Fast & Huge & ALL Interconnected 4 Words"
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men | David Foster Wallace

    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

    • HIGHLIGHTS (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By David Foster Wallace, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Cerveris, and others
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    David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. In his exuberantly acclaimed collection, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, he combines hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that astonish, entertain, and expand our ideas of the pleasures that fiction can afford.

    Mark says: "This is ABRIDGED"
  • Infinite Jest: Part II | David Foster Wallace

    Infinite Jest: Part II

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    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.

    Vegard says: "Infinite Jest "Best book ever""
  • Tor.com Collection: Season 2 | Emily Foster,David Tallerman,Matt Wallace,Andy Remic,Victor LaValle,K. J. Parker

    Tor.com Collection: Season 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Emily Foster, David Tallerman, Matt Wallace, and others
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Corey Gagne, and others
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    The second season of the Tor.com Collection includes ten Tor.com audiobooks originally published separately in the winter of 2016.

    Ron A. Parsons says: "Good Halloween collection"
  • Girl with Curious Hair: Stories | David Foster Wallace

    Girl with Curious Hair: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From the eerily "real", almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson and over-televised game-show hosts and late-night comedians to the title story, in which terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism, David Foster Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible, the bizarre normal, the absurd hilarious, and the familiar strange.

    pomogirl says: "Some great, Some awful, but bookmark problems"
  • Both Flesh and Not: Essays | David Foster Wallace

    Both Flesh and Not: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Katherine Kellgren
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    Beloved for his epic agony, brilliantly discerning eye, and hilarious and constantly self-questioning tone, David Foster Wallace was heralded by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Both Flesh and Not gathers 15 essays never published in book form, including "Federer Both Flesh and Not", considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; "The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2", which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; and more.

    Darwin8u says: "Both Perfect and Not"
  • This Is Water | David Foster Wallace

    This Is Water

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Amy Wallace-Havens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? This audiobook version of a David Foster Wallace commencement speech, read by his sister, Amy Wallace-Havens, captures his electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend.

    Adryan says: "Too short for what you pay for!"
  • Signifying Rappers | David Foster Wallace,Mark Costello

    Signifying Rappers

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace, Mark Costello
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
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    Finally back in print - David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello's exuberant exploration of rap music and culture. Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom.

    Darwin8u says: "Signifying Roomates"
  • On Tennis: Five Essays | David Foster Wallace

    On Tennis: Five Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A "long-time rabid fan of tennis" and a regionally ranked tennis player in his youth, David Foster Wallace wrote about the game like no one else. On Tennis presents David Foster Wallace's five essays on the sport, published between 1990 and 2006, and hailed as some of the greatest and most innovative sports writing of our time.

    Mark says: "A must have for tennis enthusiasts"
  • McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain | David Foster Wallace

    McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Is John McCain "for real?" That's the question David Foster Wallace set out to explore when he first climbed aboard Senator McCain's campaign caravan in February 2000. It was a moment when McCain was increasingly perceived as a harbinger of change, the anticandidate whose goal was "to inspire young Americans to devote themselves to causes greater than their own self-interest".

    Shiran says: "David Foster Wallace's Best Nonfiction Work"
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