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David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in 1987 and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in 1996. Wallace taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College, and published the story collections Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion, the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, and Consider the Lobster. He was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers’ Award, and was appointed to the Usage Panel for The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. He died in 2008. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

By David Foster Wallace
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 »

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David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words

By David Foster Wallace
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 »

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On Tennis

Five Essays
By David Foster Wallace
Narrated by Robert Petkoff /  5 hours 59 minutes

David Foster Wallace's extraordinary writing on tennis, collected for the first time in an exclusive digital-original edition.

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,... Read More »

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Signifying Rappers

By Mark Costello & David Foster Wallace
Narrated by Robert Petkoff /  5 hours 41 minutes

Finally back in print--David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello's exuberant exploration of rap music and culture.

Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop."... Read More »

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Infinite Jest

By David Foster Wallace
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 »

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Infinite Jest

Part I With a Foreword by Dave Eggers
By David Foster Wallace
Narrated by Sean Pratt /  28 hours 12 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 »

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Infinite Jest

Part II
By David Foster Wallace
Narrated by Sean Pratt /  28 hours 48 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 »

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Part III: The Endnotes
By David Foster Wallace
Narrated by Sean Pratt /  7 hours 25 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 »

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Both Flesh and Not

Essays
By David Foster Wallace
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 »

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Oblivion

Stories
By David Foster Wallace
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 »

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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

Essays and Arguments
By David Foster Wallace
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 »

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The Pale King

By David Foster Wallace
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 »

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Girl With Curious Hair

Stories
By David Foster Wallace
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 »

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The Broom of the System

A Novel
By David Foster Wallace
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 »

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Consider the Lobster (A Story from Consider the Lobster) - Abridged

And Other Essays
By David Foster Wallace
Narrated by David Foster Wallace /  3 hours 48 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 »

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