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Infinite Jest

Lu par : Sean Pratt
Durée : 56 h et 12 min
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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)

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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.

Please note: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material, including endnotes, will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

A Note from Hachette Audio
We are deeply honored to be the audio publisher of David Foster Wallace's works, and are keenly aware of the great responsibility that attends the privilege. We felt that it was important to make Infinite Jest accessible in the audio format as soon as we were able, and are gratified to find that there is an audience that has been waiting for just this occasion.

Some early listeners have been disappointed that the novel's endnotes are currently available only in text form, to be read. Choosing to include the endnotes as a downloadable PDF file, rather than as a recording by the narrator, was a difficult decision for all involved, and we debated different options at length before beginning production. The audio format allows us great opportunities to showcase Wallace's love of language and grammatical dexterity, to illuminate characters and their relationships, and to bring out some of the unique humor inherent in his work. However, there are also certain limitations to the format, and we needed let go of some of our preconceived notions about the form of Infinite Jest, as we must when we adapt any complex work to audio.

The compromise we ended up with was heavily influenced by practical concerns, especially those regarding the limitations of current technology. Because some of the endnotes are pages-long digressions, if we had them read in line with the main narrative, we would have run the risk of making the already complex story unfollowable for listeners. In the end, we decided the audiobook would flow best by having the endnotes indicated by number throughout the narrative by an additional narrator. However, we acknowledge that these choices may not work for all listeners. Accordingly, our future plans are to produce the endnotes as an additional, stand-alone audio piece.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2006 David Foster Wallace (P)2012 Hachette

Commentaires

"[A]n exhilarating, breathtaking experience. This book teems with so much life and death, so much hilarity and pain, so much gusto in the face of despair that one cheers for the future of our literature.” ( Newsday)
"[A] postmodern saga of damnation and salvation…resourceful, hilarious, intelligent, and unique.” ( The Atlantic Monthly)
"[C]ompulsively entertaining… one of the big talents of his generation, a writer of virtuosic skills who can seemingly do anything.” ( New York Times)

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  • james
  • 25/04/2017

5.0 stars..... quite an experience

This story and the narration are both excellent. This audiobook is much different than any other I've encountered. If you are impatient, it's certainly not for you, but if you commit, there is a considerable payoff. The combination of DFW's prose and Sean Pratt's narration is pretty far above anything else I've heard on audiobook. The endnotes can be purchased separately for a few dollars, and this is probably the best route to go, unless you rather read them as you listen on pdf. All this seems complicated, and it is, at times. I normally don't enjoy overly complicated, tedious listens, and Infinite Jest seems overly complicated and tedious in the beginning, but once you get into the audiobook, it's not. You may be tempted to give up on this book early. Many have. It is definitely a slow starter, but if you stick with it, you'll be rewarded. I don't listen to audiobooks more than once, but this one is the exception. I will certainly revisit it again in the future. It's truly a five star audiobook, though not for the casual listener.

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  • case wills
  • 25/07/2016

Brilliant Gut Punch

Incredible writing, and storytelling, with deeply realized characters spiraling up or down in tragicomic beauty. A masterwork, but tough going. Feels like a gut punch at times. Never boring but not for everyone. Tests your vocabulary, your stomach, and your heart.

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  • Craig
  • 29/07/2016

WOW. WOW. WOW! Amazing storytelling & performance.

Lived up to high expectations. I legitimately laughed out loud every time I listened and COULD NOT put it down once started so I would find time whenever I was anywhere to read on.

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  • D. Jay Ritt
  • 28/04/2015

Tour De Freaking Force

Yeah. Ok. There's just not really any way to summarize or quickly describe the experience of listening to this audiobook. If you stick with it, you'll either find it to be one of the few life-changing literary experiences out there, or you'll want to kill everyone responsible for your spending 50 hours on a fool's errand. I'm in the former category. But you are you. Just remember-- "The truth will set you free. But not until it's done with you."

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  • Citizen
  • 20/08/2016

One of my favorite audiobooks

The narrator, Sean Pratt, is excellent for this story. Even though the sentences can get very long and meandering, he speaks with such a casual rhythm that it becomes very easy to understand. The voices and dialects are also very believable and consistent. Besides the performance, this book is fantastic in its own right. Everyone should read it or listen to it at least once. Since its such a long book, I think listening is the best option along with reading the endnotes separately (since its not included in audio).

The book is thought provoking, and uncomfortable at times. It confronts the gruesome reality of the pursuit of pleasure and happiness and success as being all of one nature, a possibly obsessive drive.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21/06/2018

I kept waiting for it to be great

Like a lot of people that decided to try taking this novel on, I was a fan of David Foster Wallace’s other work including his This Is Water speech. I had heard so much positive about this story, and since it was an ultra-long book, I wanted to, sort of, have bragging rights, I guess. The story is, basically, 56 hours and 20 minutes of exposition. Without spoiling whatever could qualify as a spoiler in this book, it never reaches a climax or even a rising action, from my perspective. Hundreds of character introductions, but no characters I cared about except for Gately (at times). Long asides about the world that made sense to have a page about, but not chapters. I understand that world-building or detail can be important and fun, but I didn’t need 13 minutes of the rules of Eschaton. It’s not an easy read, and seems to have, intentionally, confusing sentence structure and the vocabulary requires an English grad student to have a dictionary nearby. Lastly, I’ll say that there were more subject-matter issues I had with the book. The way it described women, especially young girls, with heavy emphasis on their breasts and thighs without a mention of their name bothered me. The pervasive use of racial slurs by every character, including the narrator, throughout the novel really bothered me. The way rape scenes [plural!] were written using the same language as the “sexy” sex scenes REALLY bothered me. This book had more children get sexually abused than it had clever lines of dialogue. I really wanted to love this book and be able to recommend it, but I cannot. I’m sorry to any Wallace fans, as I am still one, to a degree, but I really could not defend this book that many claim to be his Magnum Opus.

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  • Tim
  • 24/10/2013

Thought Bubbles

When I was asking my friends on what I should read next, they suggested "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace. When the book was first published in 1996, the audio version wasn't available and to be honest, I was having too much fun in the 90's to be reading. I remembered seeing this author in interviews and wanting to dive in this book. Fast forward to the present day, I finally got through this book and this is the best title that I've read thus far in the year. David Foster Wallace's humor is my taste of comedy, but his story about addiction and depression is profound.

I've read many books on addictions and how they overcame their problem by taking the steps, and even though the story of "Infinite Jest" is fictional, the characters seems to be more realistic with their addictions and depressions. If you are reading this review and thinking that this book is just all about addictions, I'm not doing justice to the novel.

Addiction is just one part of the story in "Infinite Jest." Somehow, the author incorporated most of the seven deadly sins through his characters. The sins aren't obvious while you are reading, but they should come to you once you get through the entire story. I'm not going to give examples from the book because I don't like to give spoilers, but DFW is a remarkable author.

It took me less than two weeks to finish the book. 56 hours went by quickly. Many of my friends said that it took them a long time to get to the last page. You really should form a group together to discuss each "Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment." It will help you decipher each chapter and it is the best way to understand DFW's writing.

While I was reading, my friends and I would have discussions of each main parts of the story and it helped me comprehend the entire concept better.

One of my friends mentioned that David Foster Wallace's storytelling is not linear with the traditional storyline. I happen to agree with her and compare his writing to David Mitchel in "Cloud Atlas." Both of their styles are similar to each other and want to draw me more to their other titles.

I don't remember characters' names in any books that I read. My mind doesn't pay attention to names. I see characters as figures on a spreadsheet, like A, B, C, and so on. In "Infinite Jest," the characters' actions are so bizarre that you can't forget where you left off.

There is one major flaw in the audio version. The endnotes aren't included in the audio and I can see why the publisher omitted them out. They are included in a pdf, but trying to listen to the story and scrolling through 98 pages of notes is hard to do.

Luckily, the listener can purchase the endnotes separately in audio. I will be listening to them after I finish this review because they are the most important part of the story.

This year is almost over and I've read my fair amount of titles, but "Infinite Jest" is what I was looking for to break up the same repertoire of subjects in my library.

I would recommend "Infinite Jest" to anyone where your thought bubbles are in a disarray like mine.

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  • Kaui
  • 09/10/2016

If only Infinite Jest went on infinitely!

Would you consider the audio edition of Infinite Jest to be better than the print version?

YES! DFW's language is deep and complex and having it read to you adds an element of reality and drama to the characters that truly expand one's ability to enjoy this amazing literary achievement.

Any additional comments?

This book is one of the best books I have ever read in my life. As a bookworm approaching 50, that is a large pool in which this tome dominates. First, true confessions: it took me three tries over three years to finally be able to enjoy this book. It is very difficult. First, the sentence structure, language and vocabulary are all challenging. But really, the difficulty lies in the fact that the book is kind of about.... nothing. Yup. Nothing. Well, not really NOTHING. It's about a lot of things! It's about addiction. It's about tennis. It's about family (OK, dysfunctional families). It's about love. Like all great books, it is ultimately about life itself - the gist of it, the melancholy chaos out of which we each seek sense and relevance. It's even about a future where Canada and the U.S have merged, to the distress of the Canadians. But really, the plot arc is so complex that it's rather dilute, and hooking on to a compelling plot amidst language, run on sentences and endless footnotes makes the book feel like it's about nothing. But it's NOT! It's about all the things I mention above and more. It's about Wallace's genius - with words, description, the human condition. It's about you, the reader, and your ability to weep with Mario, ache with the exhausted tennis kids, and soar with Gately. I can't really give a great synopsis of the book as it's complex and long. But I can say this: if you read this book, you will love it. There can be no other outcome.

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  • steven
  • 14/07/2016

my favorite book of all time.

incredible piece of art. I've listened to it four times in the past two years

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  • Katherine
  • 13/05/2012

Have actual book handy

What made the experience of listening to Infinite Jest the most enjoyable?

I had already read the book, but knew that there was more to enjoy. Audible did the trick.

What did you like best about this story?

Please, ask me which of my children I prefer. It would be easier.

Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

Pratt did an amazing job with this very complicated book.

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

Let's not ruin the book by letting Hollywood have its way with it.

Any additional comments?

In a very imperfect world, this book comes very close to perfect

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  • Christine E.
  • 19/09/2016

Don't see it yet why it's good

It doesn't grab me at all. Wrong kind of book for me.sorry others might find it good , not me. Wish i could have saved the money.

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