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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 daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion").

Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate.

©2012 David Foster Wallace (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Darwin8u
  • 2012/08/22

Just 2 Fast & Huge & ALL Interconnected 4 Words

"What goes on inside is just too fast and huge and all interconnected for words to do more than barely sketch the outlines of at most one tiny little part of it at any given instant."

Let me get my biases out in the open. I love DFW. I have to be careful somedays to not fall-down and worship his novels. Wallace's nonfiction talent also hits me as evidence that the universe is not even slightly unfair. But, I've always been just a little unsettled (and occasionally freaked out) by his short stories. 'Oblivion', like his earlier story collections ('Brief Interviews with Hideous Men' and 'Girl with Curious Hair') is one of those tortured works of fiction that both attract and repel me at the same time. It is a little spooky how some of the stories ("Mister Squishy" and "Another Pioneer") anticipate his last unfinished novel 'The Pale King' while "Good Old Neon" was hard to listen even though it has been almost four years since his suicide. Anyway, these stories are quirky, stylized, experimental, and brilliant in their beauty and their suffering.

Robert Petkoff, who also narrated DFW's 'The Broom of the System', 'The Pale King', 'Girl with the Curious Hair', enunciates a Wallace sentence like it's his JOB.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Paul M. Branum
  • 2016/02/23

Poop, Cancer, Murder.... DFW has it all

I loved this book. Meandering and seemingly stream of consciousness, but intricate and intelligent. Funny and irreverent.

Guys if you've ever been in business or market research you will especially love its meetings and Byzantine intrigue.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Kent W
  • 2020/07/26

The first story "Mister Squishy" is kinda verbose.

The first story "Mister Squishy" is kinda verbose. This story collection gets better after that.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryan Nikki
  • 2019/01/11

Moving

A thoughtful, deep, and frankly harrowing narrative about the harsh realities of human life. David Foster Wallace provides a refreshing, and in the same respects, disturbing exploration of the human faults, embarrassing truths, and utter rawness of daily societal experience in stories that are so creative and imaginatively written, they will make you laugh then pass on a feeling of shock and horror. Kudos, DFW! Glad to have heard the audiobook of this work.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Nona
  • 2015/07/18

confusing

stories have so many tangents that it's hard to tell where one leaves off and another begins. it would help the listener if music or something separated the tales.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Robert Hinman
  • 2015/07/22

Pretentious and ultimately pointless verbiage

Any additional comments?

I enjoy descriptive, detailed, multi-faceted scenes and characters but found this book an example of the author's pretentious use of a thesaurus. Tangents contributing to the basic story are great, but meanderings in college-level verbiage are another. I listened to nearly all the stories but found them disappointingly boring and pointless as none of them had an ending that I could discern or they made the same repeated point simply using synonyms. This author gets all kinds of awards and acclaims so I may be a Philistine but I know what I like - a well-written, entertaining or meaningful story with an end which justifies my listening to it. Completely unfulfilled I eventually thought the author is just showing off his vocabulary and use of "color" and quit the book.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2021/06/08

This narrator has the wrong tone

..throughout. There is a snobby, hyper articulated, stiff, thing, sure, but the big issue is the reader sounds like the author is making a value judgement or a joke at a character's expense in every sentence. I think it's a misreading..

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021/04/04

I want my time back.

This book, or story set, is irritating. not just bad. It creates a mood of intensity and has no follow through.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015/08/10

Weird, Wild, and Wonderful

If you could sum up Oblivion in three words, what would they be?

I think I just did.

What did you like best about this story?

Nothing was predictable.

Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

If you could take any character from Oblivion out to dinner, who would it be and why?

David Foster Wallace (since he appears in one of the stories), because it would mean he would still be alive.

Any additional comments?

The imaginative and creative power displayed in these stories is awe-inspiring.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lane Willson
  • 2014/11/09

Inaugural Encounter

This was my first encounter with David Foster Wallace, and one of inspiration, which is to say its impact will be further endeavors with the author’s writing. If a technical manual , a Woody Alan shorty, and a white paper on the metallurgical attributes of lead were combined, a David Foster Wallace story would be the result.