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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,719 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Foster Wallace Narrator: Amy Wallace-Havens Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781600247309
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Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend.

Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lettycia | 2/1/2014

    " this book makes me wanna holler. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Homa | 1/23/2014

    " this is THE SHIT is more like it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert Madden | 1/23/2014

    " A wonderful, thoughtful, classic DFW speech, but absolutely not worth buying as a seperate book for $16.99. My 1-star rating pertains to the value of the book itself; not the speech, which I love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martine | 1/9/2014

    " Don't waste your money buying it; check it out at the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/8/2014

    " life gets in the way of the principles in this book, even though it is a daily goal of mine to keep the big picture in focus. a great message that i hope to keep forefront. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathrina | 1/1/2014

    " Too short. The book. His life. Too short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/27/2013

    " I read this before it was published because it is based on a commencement address he delivered before his death. "This Is Water" conveys a powerful message about life and that touched me deeply. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 12/22/2013

    " I think that I read this at least 10 times before graduating from college. What a refreshing, thought provoking piece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryce Wilson | 12/18/2013

    " An ideal introduction to Wallace at his most accessible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Hrabe | 12/14/2013

    " So absolutely inspiring I want to read it like once every other day just to stay sane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell | 12/13/2013

    " Again, maybe not everyone will agree with this essay/speech/critique but it is thoughtful and insightful. I return to it often to be reminded everyone has their own story they are living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.K. | 11/23/2013

    " I'm not much of a reviewer in any case, but I feel the only possible reaction to D.F.W. is to clutch at one's chest and howl FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK. Take that as you will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 11/23/2013

    " This commencement speech by David Foster Wallace beautifully summarizes the importance of education, of allowing oneself to consider other points of view, and live compassionately. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 11/4/2013

    " This was a commencement speech the author gave at a Kenyon College graduation ceremony. I liked it but given the description, thought it'd be a little deeper and more philosophical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Jirtle | 7/4/2013

    " The small copy that was given to me for my birthday will likely not leave my purse/ tote/ backpack this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shredz Shadid | 5/8/2013

    " one of the most influential essay I read in long time. this book gives a gleams of David foster Wallace's insightful view on learning and thinking. Really amazing and inspiring.. got me Thinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali | 4/7/2013

    " there are days I can't get through without listening to a recording of this speech. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blackout | 12/17/2012

    " Wow. i want to read it again a little slower...(i should probably read it once every month or so). incisive, insightful, i don't know how to 'review' this but i highly recommend it (and i only made it halfway through Infinite Jest). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona | 6/9/2012

    " I'm happy the author stated so clearly and non-condescendingly (to a graduating class) what is truth about the essence of the world, though it was an obvious lesson for those of us who think about the meaning of life and can ask our own questions and learn from those around us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Browne | 1/22/2012

    " Brilliant -- this is water, indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni Crook | 9/20/2011

    " Living a deliberate, conscious compassionate life. I like it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 6/20/2011

    " An insightful and wholly consumable lecture/series of thoughts on a healthy paradigm for approaching life. Very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kean | 6/1/2011

    " For the past couple of years, I've continued to return and revisit this commencement address, always as a reminder to myself. Wonderfully inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/23/2011

    " Takes half an hour to read, but you'll think about it for days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 5/16/2011

    " Absolutely fantastic commencement address. I read a library copy--must find one for myself to keep. I'm late to the David Foster Wallace fan club, but I am definitely a member. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hosho | 5/11/2011

    " Advice like you wish you would've been given...plus a striking and simple approach to an examined and compassionate life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/3/2011

    " I wish I heard this commencement address when I graduated, but perhaps I wouldn't appreciate it as much as I do now. Also, this speech made me realize what makes great authors depressed/suicidal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 4/26/2011

    " Amazing! Simple and quick to ready but realisticly inspirational! This is a must read for everyone "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 4/13/2011

    " Amazingly simple, direct and right-on target. Wish he were still with us! "

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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

Amy Wallace is a journalist whose work has appeared in GQ, the New Yorker, Wired, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times magazine. She currently serves as editor-at-large at Los Angeles Times magazine. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times and wrote a monthly column for the New York Times Sunday Business section. She lives in Los Angeles.