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Effortless and charming. An entertaining, incredibly intelligent stream of consciousness that never jars with the reader (listener) as pretentious in nature. Hilarious and insightful in equal measure. The only issue I have is that Wallace's vocal performance was so good I want him to personally read me all of his works now
Would you listen to Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays) again? Why?
Perhaps. I do not often listen twice to books, but with short essays the threshold is much lower.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)?
it is the good writing and the sense of humour that make the book enjoyable.
Have you listened to any of David Foster Wallace’s other performances? How does this one compare?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
cannot be made into a film
This was a fantastic author read, much better than most. Wallace is a brilliant writer and hearing him read his own work adds to the experience of these essays.
The structure of the audiobook follows that of the print book - 3 separate essays. Each is thoughtful, well-written, and very entertaining.
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I had neither read nor listened to any of DFW's work, but I decided to check into it upon hearing of his recent death. Accolades called him our great lost voice and an amazing essayist. Well, he is a fantastic writer. These essays, about a lobster festival in Maine, a long essay about a porn awards ceremony, and another about his experience of 9/11 from the safe remove of Indiana are engaging and outstanding. He writes with a funny slant, great asides and observations. And he's laugh-out-loud funny. Also, check out his week-long tour with the John McCain press corps while a Rolling Stone correspondent in 2000 in another fine listen called "McCain's Promise"
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