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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,751 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Foster Wallace Narrator: Ben Shenkman, John Krasinski, Bobby Cannavale, various narrators, Denis O’Hare, Chris Messina, Cory Stoll, Joey Slotnick, Josh Charles, Lou Taylor Pucci, Malcolm Goodwin, Max Minghella, Will Forte, Christopher Meloni, Joshua Ferris, Michael Cerveris Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781600247385
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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 combined hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that astonish, entertain, and expand our ideas of the pleasures that fiction can afford.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A host of talented narrators and actors-including television actors John Krasinski and Christopher Meloni-deliver nuanced performances of the late Wallace's classic. But it's the author himself who steals the show: his gentle, almost dreamy voice unlocks the elaborate syntax and releases the immense feeling concealed by the comedy and labyrinthine sentences. While the various narrators ably capture the essence of the text, Wallace's renditions of such stories as "Forever Overhead" and "Death Is Not the End" are transcendent. Essential listening for Wallace fans and a fine introduction for newcomers. Publishers Weekly, Publishers Weekly
  • The name of this collection of stories is slightly misleading, given the talent and likability of the cast of narrators who bring the late Wallace's work to life. Each of the performers, including actors John Krasinski, Will Forte, Malcolm Goodwin, and Bobby Cannavale, delivers a powerful reading that is as imaginative as the collection itself.... Krasinski, who directed the film adaptation of the book, is especially fine, reading with a stern, intellectual edge that is at once witty and unabashed. As a whole, each narrator complements the unique work he delivers.—Publishers Weekly
  • “Essential listening for Wallace fans.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Brilliant…bitingly funny…wildly imaginative.”

    Salon

  • “A supersonic delight, a full-scale harassment of the short story form…David Foster Wallace is one badass fiction writer.”

    LA Weekly

  • “A strikingly original collection…Brief Interviews with Hideous Men is meant to interrogate the reader, to elicit fresh responses to horrors that have lost their edge in the age of information overload…It displays a range of intellect and talent that is unseemly for any one writer to have, let alone show off.”

    Time

  • “An astonishing collection…A brutally magnificent book…Not least among David Foster Wallace’s many accomplishments is his almost single-handed rehabilitation of the footnote as a literary device.”

    Spin

  • “Often funny and very often hugely impressive…Now we know Mr. Wallace can write short. Let’s hope he writes for a long, long time.” 

    New York Observer

  • “Evocative and challenging…A virtuoso performance of voice, imagination, footnotes, and black humor, showing once again that Wallace is the dark prince of contemporary American fiction.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nom | 2/13/2014

    " At its worst, this book is like a wordy version of Taxicab Confessions. But at its best, this book is funny and smart, undercutting its pretentious intellectualizing by its awareness of its intellectualism and pompousness, pointing at them and sniggering. Oh, and some sections are unexpectedly moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliet | 2/7/2014

    " I love this book and have now passed it along to my husband. We'll see if that attempt yields any success. My last attempt to share it with someone else yielded the assessment 'too wordy' or some variation thereon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Munoz | 2/7/2014

    " Read this, and not Infinte Jest, and you'll be a DFW fan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 1/29/2014

    " I gave this book four stars, yet DFW is one of my favorite authors so I'm a bit biased. It is really more like a three star book. The writing, as always, is hyperkinetic and sometimes I can almost hear it sizzle. But the subject matter is that same old postmodern stalwart: self-reflection. He does do some wonderful things with this idea and almost sheds some new light on them but in the end its just the writing, and not the subject matter, that let me enjoy the book. I recommend the stories: "the devil is a busy man" (the first one), "datum centurio", "octet", "Brief Interview #20, New Haven, CT" (the last story in the book). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 1/10/2014

    " Most of the interviews were pretty hard to listen to. There were a few that have stuck with me for months. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 1/3/2014

    " Fantastic stuff. Some of the stories verged on the esoteric, but overall I loved the way Wallace is able to create such rich and interesting characters in very short amounts of space. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxwell Mccandless | 12/30/2013

    " This book made me feel like I wasn't alone in the very specific way my thought process works when I'm unhappy. It made me want to force people to read the chapter 'Octet' and ask them if everyone's brain works like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Lee | 12/14/2013

    " Amazing writing, pithy, funny, very original style, a little sick, right up my alley. Brilliant, a touch on the psycho side, but that probably had a bit to do with the shame of his recent suicide. A major loss to the literary world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 12/12/2013

    " Wallace fans will enjoy. I am and I did, though one of my least favorite DFW books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 12/7/2013

    " "reading" this through an audio book. Read by David Foster Wallace, and others also. Gosh is it good so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 esaurito | 8/10/2013

    " Una grande scrittura, ma forse non era il momento giusto. Sospendo il giudizio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 7/27/2013

    " When literary geniuses watch too much TV . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Sanchez | 7/11/2013

    " By no means a perfect collection of stories, but B.I. # 20 makes it all worth it. The book would be five stars if it was cut in half, leaving only the best stories like Forever Overhead, The Depressed Person, On His Deathbed and most of brief interviews. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 2/3/2013

    " The first and second to last story would get five stars. None of the others ones really stuck with me, I didn't find the exercises with technicality particularly interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yeti | 11/10/2012

    " It's not a collection of stories ... this is a novel. Wallace the stylist returns with a vengeance. But where he failed with "Curious Girl," he succeeds here. The prose is sharp, witty, erudite. This time he exposes the male sex ... to themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory Rothbard | 10/25/2012

    " A great book full of psychotic men that reveals a truth that is terrorizing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin Biegel | 10/16/2012

    " Hated it so much I put it down after 3 or 4 stories. I couldn't stand his self-conscious, verbose prose or his attitude which seemed rather mean, although maybe I was missing some super intellectual ironic point. Aahhhh, nope I could not be bothered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim peeken | 8/5/2012

    " Always Overhead is probably the best short story ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian Mathers | 7/20/2012

    " Incredibly overblown, but still kind of captivating, and at times very moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige Weinheimer | 1/11/2012

    " one of my favorites - hands down, please. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Billycongo | 6/20/2011

    " Like most books with collections of stories, these are very uneven in terms of quality. The title stories are quite good, and I would also recommend the movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 6/20/2011

    " Two questions: 1) How can someone actually enjoy reading sentences like these? 2) Can you name a crueler story than Adult World, which is cruel to its characters, all of its characters, cruel to its author, and cruel most especially to its reader? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 6/8/2011

    " A strange collection of short stories about depression and unusual sexuality. Worth a read if you like the super strange. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 5/20/2011

    " I had a lot trouble understanding this book to be honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 5/7/2011

    " maybe it was over my head... but it didn't do it for me "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebekka | 4/27/2011

    " I don't get it. I guess I don't feel that the short story form needs to be subverted this much. These "stories" seemed to be all cerebral play, no beauty, no emotion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 4/22/2011

    " No doubt one of the greatest.

    You'll remember almost all of these stories for your entire life, but I just can't give it five stars because "Tri-Stan: I Sold Sissee Nar to Ecko," almost made me puke with embarrassment.



    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gena | 4/12/2011

    " Very humorous. I love the ridiculously long footnotes. They are like short stories by themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/7/2011

    " Shocking, delightful, and IMHO a great intro to DFW. Though other reviewers might disagree, I don't know how one could sit through his longer works if they can't handle this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 3/23/2011

    " David Foster Wallace is a magnificent writer and this particular collection of short stories was extremely well put together. "

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About the Author
Author David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace (1962–2008) was the New York Times bestselling author of Infinite Jest, The Broom of the System, and Girl With Curious Hair. His essays and stories have appeared in Harper’s, the New Yorker, Playboy, Paris Review, Conjunctions, Premiere, Tennis, the Missouri Review, and the Review of Contemporary Fiction. Wallace received numerous awards, including the Whiting Award, the Lannan Award for Fiction, the QPB Joe Savago New Voices Award, and the O. Henry Award.

About the Narrators

Denis O’Hare is one of today’s busiest actors in the film, television, and stage worlds. The Tony Award–winning actor is best known to television viewers for his recent work on True Blood as Russell Edgington, Vampire King of Mississippi.

Joshua Ferris received a BA in English and philosophy from the University of Iowa and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Best New American Voices 2005, and Prairie Schooner. He was born in Danville, Illinois, grew up in Key West, and now lives in Brooklyn.

Michael Cerveris is an American singer, guitarist, and actor. He has performed in many stage musicals and plays including Romeo & Juliet, Sweeney Todd, and Hedwig and the Angry Itch. He won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his role in the Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins. His most notable television role has been as September in the series Fringe.

Bobby Cannavale is a film, stage, and television actor. He has appeared in numerous television shows and films, but he is perhaps best known for his role as a reincarnated matchmaker on ABC's Cupid. He won an Emmy for his guest appearance on the hit show Will & Grace.