Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

  • by David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by David Foster Wallace
  • 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In this program, he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Main Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary. Do lobsters feel pain?
He addresses this and other important cultural questions in four brilliant esasays from his latest collection.
In what is sure to be a much-talked-about exploration of distinctly modern subjects, one of the sharpest minds of our time delves into some of life's most delicious topics.
This collection includes the following essays: "Consider the Lobster", "The View from Mrs. Thompson's", "Big Red Son", and "How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart".


What the Critics Say

"Novelist Wallace might just be the smartest essayist writing today." ( Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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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
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- Kyle Kennedy

Great writing, nice is you have little time

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

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- Ruben

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2005
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio