Infinite Jest, Part III: The Endnotes

  • by David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

These are the endnotes to David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, 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.

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Audible Editor Reviews

"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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Definitely worth downloading

I didn't download this part of Infinite Jest initially, because I thought I'd just pop into my hard copy from time to time and catch up with what had been said in the end notes. This does not work well! Wallace's end notes are an integral part of the book, kind of like a bass note underneath the main text's melody. They are bewildering at first, with incredible lists of pharmaceuticals and densely comic film titles, but Pratt reads so well that they stay interesting and lively and sharp. The longer end notes which contain whole narrative vignettes are beautifully read and characterised by Pratt, who does such a good job with the main story.

Practically, buying this means switching between the two texts as you listen: so I'd be listening to Part II, say, and pause when an end note was announced, switch to this part, listen to the end note, and then pause when the next one was announced and switch back to the main book. This sounds like a huge pain, but on the Audible app it's pretty straightforward, you just have to be nimble on the pause button.
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- alex

The footnotes are important

You need this as a companion to the book, don't skip this it feeds in a huge part of the story
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- Marwan Imam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-03-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio