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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,169 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: June 2010 ISBN: 9781607883890
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The “dazzling, exhilarating” (San Francisco Chronicle) debut novel from the bestselling author of Infinite Jest is finally available as an audiobook!

At the center of The Broom of the System is the bewitching—and bewildered—heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990, and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio, which sits on the edge of a suburban wasteland—the Great Ohio Desert. Lenore works as a switchboard attendant at a publishing firm, and in addition to her mind-numbing job, she has a few other problems. Her great-grandmother, a one-time student of Wittgenstein, has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home; her beau (and boss), editor-in-chief Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous; and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psychobabble, Auden, and the King James Bible, which may propel him to stardom on a Christian fundamentalist television program.

Fiercely intelligent and entertaining, this debut novel from one of the most innovative writers of our generation explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wonderfully odd…Mr. Wallace possesses a wealth of talents—a finely tuned ear for contemporary idioms; an old-fashioned storytelling gift; a seemingly endless capacity for invention and an energetic refusal to compromise.”

    New York Times

  • “Remarkable…hip but true…emerging from the tradition of Thomas Pynchon’s V and John Irving’s The World According to Garp.

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Wonderful…a cathartic experience with lots of laughs and lots of deeper meanings.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Gut splitting laughs…runs the gamut from sex to TV preachers, from Gilligan’s Island to Wittgensteinian philosophy…Beneath poetry, beneath the bubbling humor, something sinister is cooking. Wallace has something to say about society, something heedful.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Wonderful…outlandish…The Broom of the System stands apart from the. Offbeat and inventive, it’s filled with some of the most deadly accurate contemporary dialogue ever captured in print…You’re in for a good time.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A prodigiously inventive, hugely funny writer whose best work challenges and reinvents the art of fiction.”

    Atlanta Journal Constitution

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 2/6/2014

    " Tough read. Strange and hilarious though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucas | 2/6/2014

    " i found this book funny. i haven't read anything else by Wallace, there is something about him that is annoying, a little bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fs | 1/31/2014

    " like a first draft of inifinte jest. Immature but entertaining "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rena Jane | 1/25/2014

    " Never found any redeeming value to this convoluted piece of nothing. This is NOT literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 1/24/2014

    " About halfway through after starting this on the plane. I'd heard mixed reviews but I'm really liking this one -- it has the playfulness and lucidity of Infinite Jest without being as convoluted. It's also partly set at Amherst and is giving me flashback dreams of when I lived in Amherst, which is not unpleasant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/21/2014

    " This is a case of library recall. We're talking page 300 and this thing is finally going somewhere. Some clown's got it on Hold though, so away it goes. Ana, you'll have to tell me how it ends. Where's Gramma? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 1/17/2014

    " What a screwball world we live in and you will just laught out loud "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belle | 1/14/2014

    " This book is really cool and has a really neat plot that is very creative. David Foster Wallace is quite unique, and his writing style is fun to read, very energetic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mattia | 1/14/2014

    " Maybe I have to re-read it. I know it's not perfect but I remeber it with great pleasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hibou | 1/9/2014

    " the key to his later fiction, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ofchampions | 11/25/2013

    " An enjoyable cacophony of futility and text multimedia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 11/22/2013

    " Very funny. A PLEASURE TO READ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maritess | 10/9/2013

    " One of my all time favorite memories of reading a book. DFW was my soulmate. What a horrible horrible loss of a great mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Linden | 12/22/2012

    " Well... This was unlike anything I've read before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/7/2012

    " i read this book years ago (and it's the only david foster wallace book I've ever been able to finish), but i found it hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breadsticks | 7/25/2012

    " Good so far, interesting form of writing. Very dry, comedic sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 6/17/2012

    " I enjoyed the challenge of the metafiction style, the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the humor of David Foster Wallace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 3/20/2012

    " I enjoyed the dialogue very much, but I wish the end had tied everything together. I don't regret reading it, but I likely wouldn't recommend it to a friend. I will try another DFW book and see how it goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorenzo Pulici | 3/3/2012

    " io pure tengo la gamba di legno col ripieno soffice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katrina Bergherm | 2/15/2012

    " Not thrilled with this book. It left so many things unfinished in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chase Campbell | 2/3/2012

    " Great until the end. Ridiculously unsatisfying at the end. I literally threw this book across the room upon finishing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Middlebrook | 1/4/2012

    " Who's. Great book. Genius really. Confusing at times as all DFW is, raucously funny in others, and awe-inspiring in its use of language. It's not the best of his works, but a great read and on I'd recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 6/13/2011

    " The first chapter nearly put me off the book, but then the rest was much better. Odd. Very odd. And I think there was something at the end that closed off the story in a way that didn't quite make sense. like I was supposed to think it was a dream within a dream. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erk | 6/7/2011

    " Now looking forward to Infinite Jest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 6/4/2011

    " Very complicated book. Can't really stop reading it. But not exactly satisfying ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 4/28/2011

    " Hard to review this book. His language is so beautifully written, but it is just a weird story from a weird man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 4/24/2011

    " Has its moments of transcendence, but veers too close to Pynchon's worst impulses at times. No Infinite Jest, but then, what is? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelle | 4/23/2011

    " My first David Foster Wallace novel, and I must say I loved it. Infinite Jest looks like it's gonna have to wait until I graduate from school tho. Yeesh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/20/2011

    " Sublime about 15% of the time. "

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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 Narrator

Robert Petkoff has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime. His audiobook narrations have won multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards as well as a coveted Audie Award.