Consider the Lobster (A Story from Consider the Lobster)
And Other Essays
Narrated by David Foster Wallace & Robert Petkoff / 15 hours 8 minutes
Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person?
David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of John McCain's 2000... Read More »
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again
Essays and Arguments
Narrated by Paul Garcia / 17 hours 46 minutes
In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity,... Read More »
Narrated by Robert Petkoff / 5 hours 59 minutes
A "long-time rabid fan of tennis," and a regionally ranked tennis player in his youth, David Foster Wallace wrote about the game like no one else. On Tennis presents David Foster Wallace's five essays on the sport, published between 1990 and 2006, and hailed as some of the greatest and most innovative sports writing of our time.
This lively and... Read More »
This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording
Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
Narrated by David Foster Wallace / 24 minutes
Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in This is Water. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the... Read More »
Narrated by Sean Pratt / 55 hours 9 minutes
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... Read More »
David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words
Narrated by David Foster Wallace / 8 hours 52 minutes
"[DFW's] delivery is dead-on and fresh, the words often springing from his mouth as if conceived on the spot.... an audible confirmation that modern American writing continues to gain strength." -Publishers Weekly on Consider the Lobster
Collected here for the first time are the stories and speeches of David Foster Wallace as read by the author... Read More »
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Narrated by John Krasinski, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Cerveris, Josh Charles, Will Forte, Malcolm Goodwin, Christopher Meloni, Chris Messina, Max Minghella, Denis O'Hare, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ben Shenkman, Joey Slotnick, Cory Stoll & Joshua Ferris / 4 hours 17 minutes
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 combined hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that astonish, entertain, and expand our ideas of the pleasures that fiction can afford. Read More »
Narrated by Robert Petkoff / 14 hours 16 minutes
In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness -- a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his.
These are worlds undreamt of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's... Read More »
The Pale King
Narrated by Robert Petkoff / 19 hours 15 minutes
The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling.... Read More »
The Broom of the System
Narrated by Robert Petkoff / 16 hours 29 minutes
The "dazzling, exhilarating" (San Francisco Chronicle) debut novel from the bestselling author of Infinite Jest, available for the first time as an audiobook.
At the center of The Broom of the System is the betwitching (and also bewildered) heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio,... Read More »
Both Flesh and Not
Narrated by Robert Petkoff & Katherine Kellgren / 9 hours 59 minutes
Brilliant, dazzling, never-before-collected nonfiction writings by "one of America's most daring and talented writers." (Los Angeles Times Book Review).
Both Flesh and Not gathers fifteen of Wallace's seminal essays, all published in book form for the first time.
Never has Wallace's seemingly endless curiosity been more evident than in this... Read More »
Girl With Curious Hair
Narrated by Joshua Swanson & Robert Petkoff / 14 hours 14 minutes
For the first time ever available as an audiobook, Girl with Curious Hair is being produced as part of Hachette Audio's ambitious David Foster Wallace audiobook publishing program, joining Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Consider the Lobster, and This is Water. (Broom of the System will be released in June 2010.)
Remarkable, hilarious and... Read More »