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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: Cory Stoll, Lou Taylor Pucci, Denis O’Hare, Max Minghella, Chris Messina, Malcolm Goodwin, Will Forte, Josh Charles, Christopher Meloni, Joey Slotnick, Ben Shenkman, Michael Cerveris, Joshua Ferris, John Krasinski, Bobby Cannavale Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. The series of stories from which this exuberantly acclaimed book takes its title is a sequence of imagined interviews with men on the subject of their relations with women. These portraits of men at their most self-justifying, loquacious, and benighted poignantly and hilariously explore the agonies of sexual connections.

Combining hilarity and an escalating disquiet, these stories astonish, entertain, and expand our ideas of the pleasures that fiction can afford.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • “Essential listening for Wallace fans.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Brilliant…bitingly funny…wildly imaginative.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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). "

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