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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Rena Jane | 1/25/2014

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

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