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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5 4.60 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Foster Wallace Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781609418120
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Infinite Jest is 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, the novel explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to 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.

Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human—and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A blockbuster comedy…No other writer now working communicates so dazzlingly what life will feel like the day after tomorrow.”

    Elle

  • “In a sprawling, wild, super-hyped magnum opus, David Foster Wallace fulfills the promise of his precocious novel The Broom of the System. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction, features a huge cast and multilevel narrative, and questions essential elements of American culture—our entertainments, our addictions, our relationships, our pleasures, our abilities to define ourselves.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Truly remarkable…What weird fun Infinite Jest is to read.”

    Newsweek

  • “Uproarious…It shows off Wallace as one of the big talents of his generation, a writer of virtuoic talents who can seemingly do anything.”

    New York Times

  • “Pratt is a startlingly good narrator, dry and expressive, with the kind of vocal control that evokes dozens of characters with only slight but very distinctive variations of accent and effect. It’s a performance up there with Jim Dale’s revered reading of the Harry Potter series or the Shakespearean actor Anton Lesser’s turn in The Old Curiosity Shop but cooler and perfectly American. Pratt hears the humor in Wallace’s work and lets you in on the joke without resorting to overheated wackiness.  His control and stamina are impressive.”

    New York Times Book Review (audio review)

  • “Diving into the riches of Infinite Jest is an exhilarating, breath-taking experience. The book teems with so much life and death, so much hilarity and pain, so much gusto in the face of despair that one cheers for the future of our literature. Rarely does one read such audaciously inventive prose…A triumphant, high-energy linguistic rush.”

    Newsday

  • “Spectacularly good…It’s as though Paul Bunyan had joined the NFL or Wittgenstein had gone on Jeopardy! Infinite Jest is that colossally disruptive.”

    New York

  • “Brashly funny and genuinely moving…This one is worth the long haul…Infinite Jest will confirm the hopes of those who called Wallace a genius.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Brilliant…There’s no doubt that Wallace’s talent is immense and his imagination limitless…A consistently innovative, sensitive, and intelligent writer.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A work of genius…Infinite Jest is a grandly ambitious, wickedly comic epic on par with such great, sprawling novels of the twentieth century as Ulysses, The Recognitions, and Gravity’s Rainbow…With a sophisticated lexicon and mesmerizing syntax reminiscent of William Gaddis and William T. Vollmann, Infinite Jest is our most thorough dissection of America’s addiction to just about everything, including treatment itself…A wild, surprisingly readable tour de force, a high-energy satire of ’90s America in the savagely funny tradition of Swift and Sterne.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A big, brilliant book…Wallace is a mesmerizing storyteller.”

    New York Observer

  • “Challenging and provocative.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Wallace offers huge entertainment…Only Gaddis and Pynchon have this range. So brilliant you need sunglasses to read it, but it has a heart as well as a brain. Infinite Jest is both a vast, comic epic and a profound study of the post-modern condition.”

    Review of Contemporary Fiction

  • “Baroque subplots, zany political satire, morbid, cerebral humor, and astonishing range of cultural references…Ingenious and often outrageously funny.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The author has a wicked sense of humor and a wonderful eye for capturing the odd juxtapositions of modern life…Distinct, idiomatic, wild, and crazy, this book is destined to have a cult following.”

    Library Journal

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle Norberg | 2/8/2014

    " So crazy. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 1/10/2014

    " Possibly the most incredible book I have ever read, absolutely amazing, but totally unconventional. You either love it or hate it. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Corbin | 12/30/2013

    " An amazing well written book, but a rather weak ending. All in all a tough but rewarding read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zac Ross | 12/21/2013

    " It is brilliant, it is exhausting, and it is finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 12/20/2013

    " Loved it except the ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guy Jones | 12/14/2013

    " Maybe the best book ever written. Amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Koz | 12/7/2013

    " Just so good. Better the 2nd time than the first. Can I give it 6 stars? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Middleton | 11/26/2013

    " I'm actually rereading this behemoth of a novel. What a marvelous experience it is to revel in David Foster Wallace's brilliance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Retyi | 11/26/2013

    " Dense, difficult to read at times, often amazing. Worth the struggle. A great challenge book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 11/5/2013

    " Reserving rating this for after I give it some thought (and yes, read up a bit more on it post-finish). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 10/13/2013

    " The book that changed my life, and the way I read other books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Rogers | 10/7/2013

    " Extremely long, cerebral, and circular, but it was well worth reading and everybody should at least try to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Jackson | 9/27/2013

    " This book is pretty hard going,it's a brick. Though the plot isn't particularly rewarding, the book's strengths lie in it's characters, and some excellent descriptive writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lety | 8/26/2013

    " Absolutely amazing. I'm still speechless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/13/2013

    " The most frustrating book I have ever read. Disjointed and chaotic, while being engrossing and entertaining. There were far too many narrative strands to ever be tied up. Worth reading but it won't be to everybody's taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 5/27/2013

    " Had to read this cause everyone was talking about it, but it took me two years to get through it. I loved the endnotes (I know they annoyed a lot of people), especially the filmography titles and descriptions. "Three Cheers for Cause and Effect!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/21/2012

    " i enjoyed reading this book page by page... i look forward to reading it again in a few years time and actually understanding the big picture of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myriam Paperman | 8/24/2012

    " I cannot begin to write a review on such a masterpiece. All I can say is read it, it will take you places in your brain you've never been to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Blevins | 7/3/2012

    " Just holy shit is all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rudy Sather | 5/1/2012

    " Man, I loved this book. It is the most challenging book I have ever read, but it feels great to have finished it. Hilarious, beautiful, and poignant. "

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About the Author
Author David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace (1962–2008) is the New York Times bestselling author of Infinite JestThe Broom of the System, and Girl With Curious Hair. His essays and stories have appeared in Harper’s, the New YorkerPlayboyParis ReviewConjunctionsPremiereTennisThe Missouri Review, and the Review of Contemporary Fiction. Wallace has 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 Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.