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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,973 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Foster Wallace Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion"). Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Wallace is a prose magician.”

    New York Times

  • “The fun of watching his high-wire act—maintaining a style you’d never guess you’d want to exist—is topped by the pleasure of seeing him make it evocative…Wallace has dreamt up a new vocabulary for lives of quiet desperation…The firepower…is undeniable.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “In the surreal landscapes of these eight stories, the quotidian is lit by the glare of nightmare, and characterized by narrators sinking into oblivion or pushed to the peripheries by insomnia, stress, manic depression, or attention deficit disorder…These stories are stunning.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Stunning…Wallace is an astounding storyteller whose fiction reminds us why we learned to read in the first place.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “With almost cruelly tuned intensity, Wallace writes around his characters in the virtuoso style best set down in his epic novel Infinte Jest…Many of Oblivion’s reward come by way of Wallace’s sheer mastery of craft. His sentences crackle and swoon, patiently peeling back layers of artifice that cloak the Big Questions.”

    AV Club

  • “A high-wire performance by the star of kinetically cerebral fiction…rife with shrewd metaphysical inquiries, eviscerating social critiques, and twisted humor.”


  • “Perfectly illustrates Wallace’s genius for combining intellectual high seriousness and tomfoolery with compassionate insight into distinctively contemporary fears and neuroses. One of our best young writers just keeps getting better.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 2/12/2014

    " If you read "Incarnations of Burnt Children" and don't cry, I really have no use for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eileen | 2/10/2014

    " His short-stories are hard to read, but they're still great to read all the same. So far I like it -- we'll see if I end up loving it! =) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda | 2/9/2014

    " oh he is a wordy bastard and is a master of description. Not his best work, a bit of a slog "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by brain | 2/7/2014

    " I had like two paragraphs typed up and then I decided I didn't like them. Now then. This book is what fiction and hence art Should Do - attempt to understand what it is to be a person. I wish there would be more. "

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