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"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 affect.... 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." (John Schwartz, The New York Times Book Review)

Summary

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, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so 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.

©1996 David Foster Wallace (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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Stunningly brilliant.

An amazing piece of work.
A stupendous literary work performed to perfection, both volumes.
Might listen again....

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didn't quite reach the heights

Having enjoyed the struggle thru Part 1, I had hoped that Part 2 would have the same humour and cleverness but a little bit more narrative. It doesn't, in fact the book just stops. I am glad that I persevered. The narrator is superb.

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Wow

Ok, I just finished and I still can't fathom what I've been through, 3 months of not being able to stop this book and now that it's over I think I need to go to the beginning so I can try to fathom what's going on.

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  • SS
  • 12-04-14

No Part I??

Any additional comments?

This is ridiculous. Part I isn't available only Part II and nowhere is that made clear.

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  • Mark
  • 14-03-17

A fascinating story that leads us.....nowhere

The journey is maddeningly intriguing. Some of the scenes are brilliant. The author has no regard for chronological time - so following along is a challenge (and part of the fun). Eventually, the plot lines seem to be coming together for a grand conclusion. However, the neat and tidy ending that seems to be hovering just around the corner never arrives. Oh well. I guess the point is to enjoy the journey. Brilliantly narrated - which surely enhances the experience.

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  • Vegard
  • 30-01-15

Infinite Jest "Best book ever"

If you could sum up Infinite Jest: Part II in three words, what would they be?

Best book ever

What did you like best about this story?

Everything

Which scene was your favorite?

It's all good

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You can not make a film of this book. And I hope nobody ever trys

Any additional comments?

I am sorry and happy to announce : "this is the best book ever written."

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