Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

  • by David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by David Foster Wallace, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Cerveris, Will Forte, Malcolm Goodwin, John Krasinski, Christopher Meloni, Chris Messina, Max Minghella, Dennis O'Hare
  • 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • highlights Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. In his exuberantly acclaimed collection, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, he combines hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that astonish, entertain, and expand our ideas of the pleasures that fiction can afford.
Narrators include David Foster Wallace, John Krasinski, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Cerveris, Will Forte, Malcolm Goodwin, Christopher Meloni, Chris Messina, Max Minghella, Dennis O'Hare, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ben Shenkman, Joey Slotnick, and Cory Stoll.


What the Critics Say

"[T]hese stories, at their best, show an erotic savagery and intellectual depth that will confound, fascinate and disturb the most unsuspecting reader as well as devoted fans of this talented writer." (Publishers Weekly)
"In this book he demonstrates his strengths as a stylist, humorist and thinker.... None of these stories is easy, but all display an intelligence and a swagger that make them hard to put down." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Brilliant... bitingly funny...wildly imaginative." (


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Beautiful, funny, brutal, and bleak

Where does Brief Interviews with Hideous Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Even though this is only highlights from the book, it is one of my favourite audiobooks and I come back to it over and over again.

What did you like best about this story?

I think the brief interviews (rather than the standalone stories) lend themselves best to the audiobook format and having different narrators perform (rather than just read) them works well.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Lots of different narrators including the author. I like DFW's readings of his own work, but the last interview (#20) and Victory for the Forces of Democratic Freedom and The Asset stand out for me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yup. Couldn't stop.

Any additional comments?

Just so you know: The narrators *aren't* saying 'cue' throughout the interviews, but Q. Throughout the text Q is used to denote an unknown question put by an unidentified interviewer.

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- Kate


This audio book omits large chunks of the book, and shouldn't be considered complete. It's good for the bits it includes.
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- Penthesilea

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio