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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,974 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Foster Wallace Narrator: Paul Garcia, Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What do a trip on a luxury cruise ship, a tennis tournament in Canada and the Illinois State Fair have in common? They are all part of David Wallace's "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments."

While almost anyone other than a thick-lensed wearer of reading glasses wouldn't think twice about passing on a book with "essays and arguments" as its subtitle, many people have discovered that articles by David Foster Wallace are as humorous and entertaining as any comedic work out there.

In this audiobook, Wallace pulls together seven topics, including the films of David Lynch and postmodern literary theory to provide a rip-roaring ride of his own. Wallace fans used to his delightful works of fiction will not be disappointed in what he refers to as "essays and arguments" as he recalls events and fun-filled days he does not wish to repeat.

Fans are fond of Wallace's intense intellect as well as the way he combines his observations with a stark humor that takes jabs at revelers eating funnel cake and hot dogs at the Illinois State Fair as well as travelers getting away from it all by climbing aboard a ship for a week-long Caribbean cruise.

Entertainment Weekly has listed "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments" as one of its 100-best books written between 1983 and 2008. Not only are the pieces themselves cleverly written, but Wallace brings comedy to even the footnotes scattered throughout the book.

Listeners to Wallace will, in addition to being entertained, add to their vocabulary without even trying. He's that good.

David Foster Wallace is an American writer. Born in New York in 1962, he hails from a journalism background. He attended Amherst College and the University of Arizona and is well-known for his articles, short stories and novels. Wallace died in 2008.

Wallace is best known for his 1200-page novel, Infinite Jest, published in 1996.

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 cruise liner—David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction, including the bestselling Infinite Jest. Here he offers riotous anecdotes and unparalleled insight into contemporary American culture.

Beloved for his keen eye, sharp wit, and relentless self-mockery, Wallace has been celebrated by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Animated by wonderfully exuberant prose…This volume reconfirms Mr. Wallace’s stature as one of his generation’s pre-eminent talents.” 

    New York Times

  • “Mr. Wallace’s distinctive and infectious style, an acrobatic cart-wheeling between high intellectual discourse and vernacular insouciance, makes him tremendously entertaining to read, whatever his subject.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “DFW is smart and funny, a man from whose word processor flows a torrent of brilliant observations and hysterical wit. Do your disposition and your mind a favor: Read this book.” 

    Houston Chronicle

  • “These intelligent, funny essays are outstanding.” 


  • “Truly rewarding.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “His writing is always intelligent, witty, and engaging.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joe Nicolello | 2/9/2014

    " On the figurative re-read list. Gotta get my hands on another copy soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ben Watson | 2/6/2014

    " Revitalized essay writing as thoroughly as did Hunter S. Thompson in his day. Occasionally dated (one can tell Wallace was a young writer finding his groove as a concerned human), but still one of the best nonfiction reads I could recommend to anyone wishing to be a thoughtful, entertaining writer and/or person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenan | 2/6/2014

    " Astonishing. There's really no measly review I could write about Wallace as an author, and every book I've read by him so far, without feeling like I'm doing him a disservice. HIs writing is mind-blowing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annie | 1/30/2014

    " So funny and smart. I'm constantly wanting to read out loud to whomever is sitting close to me (and they usually don't want that). But, seriously, the way DFW's mind worked blows me away. "

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