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    • Infinite Jest

    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 56 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,986
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,795

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Listening to this is quite an experience

    • By kurdis teed on 04-25-17

    Regular price: $91.26

    • Consider the Lobster

    • And Other Essays
    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: David Foster Wallace, Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How this differs from the other version

    • By Jonathan Penley on 12-26-17

    Regular price: $29.65

    • A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

    • Essays and Arguments
    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Paul Garcia
    • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 489
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 423
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 420

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Overdramatic narrator for my taste

    • By Misha on 08-09-12

    Regular price: $22.80

    • The Pale King

    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 377
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 316

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling Profound Book about Tedium

    • By Stephen P. McSweeney on 06-02-12

    Regular price: $30.79

    • David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words

    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: David Foster Wallace
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best book on Audible!

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-07-16

    Regular price: $29.65

    • This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording

    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: David Foster Wallace
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 598
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 475
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 467

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best 20 minutes of my life.

    • By John Nosal on 10-09-12

    Regular price: $5.68

    • Oblivion

    • Stories
    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 160

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Just 2 Fast & Huge & ALL Interconnected 4 Words

    • By Darwin8u on 08-22-12

    Regular price: $22.80

    • The David Foster Wallace Reader

    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, David Foster Wallace, Sally Foster Wallace, and others
    • Length: 48 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great for teachers!

    • By sharky on 10-07-15

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Broom of the System

    • A Novel
    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 349
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 288

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • what just happened

    • By Allan on 06-13-11

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Infinite Jest, Part III: The Endnotes

    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Approaching the Infinite Life Hack

    • By Darwin8u on 04-03-13

    Regular price: $11.39

    • Girl with Curious Hair

    • Stories
    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 93

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Some great, Some awful, but bookmark problems

    • By pomogirl on 09-19-12

    Regular price: $28.50

    • This Is Water

    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Amy Wallace-Havens
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Too short for what you pay for!

    • By Adryan on 05-14-09

    Regular price: $14.81

    • On Tennis

    • Five Essays
    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Inspiration, though, is contagious, and multiform

    • By Darwin8u on 01-27-17

    Regular price: $11.39

    • Infinite Jest: Part II

    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 35

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A fascinating story that leads us.....nowhere

    • By Mark on 03-14-17

    Regular price: $45.62

    • Infinite Jest: Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers

    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 28 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • smart enough to observe / too timid to participate

    • By Raleigh on 11-25-16

    Regular price: $45.62

    • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: David Foster Wallace
    • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 881
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 643
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 637

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Author Read

    • By Kat on 11-10-08

    Regular price: $17.09

    • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: David Foster Wallace, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Cerveris, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
    • Highlights
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 291
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 215

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This is ABRIDGED

    • By Mark on 09-26-09

    Regular price: $19.38

    • Both Flesh and Not

    • Essays
    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 81

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Both Perfect and Not

    • By Darwin8u on 02-16-13

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Esto es agua [This Is Water]

    • Algunas ideas, expuestas en una ocasión especial, sobre cómo vivir con compasión [Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life]
    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Carlos Manuel Vesga
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Escrito en 2005 y debatido ampliamente tras la muerte del autor, este discurso es un legado conciso de uno de los grandes pensadores de nuestro tiempo. Transido con su humor único, su intelecto preciso y su filosofía práctica, Esto es agua muestra los retos de la vida diaria y ofrece consejos que nos renuevan con cada lectura

    Regular price: $4.72

    • McCain's Promise

    • Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain
    • By: David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
    • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 35

    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".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • David Foster Wallace's Best Nonfiction Work

    • By Shiran on 03-07-13

    Regular price: $14.81

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