The Pale King

Written by:
David Foster Wallace
Narrated by:
Robert Petkoff

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2011
19 hours 0 minutes
The "breathtakingly brilliant" novel by the author of Infinite Jest (New York Times) is a deeply compelling and satisfying story, as hilarious and fearless and original as anything Wallace ever wrote. 

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. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has.

The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death, but it is a deeply compelling and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with ultimate questions -- questions of life's meaning and of the value of work and society -- through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace's unique gifts. Along the way it suggests a new idea of heroism and commands infinite respect for one of the most daring writers of our time.

"The Pale King is by turns funny, shrewd, suspenseful, piercing, smart, terrifying, and rousing." --Laura Miller, Salon
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David C.

Great for what it is! Definitely doesn’t feel like a fully polished DFW work, but there’s a lot of wonderful stuff in there!

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Art Pinsof

Unfinished or finished, this is a masterpiece. Pushing through the intentionally boring chapters is wonderfully rewarded, in multiple ways, and the final 4 chapters are such a strong finish. A beautiful book. Excellent narration.

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Davis Clark

Wow. An extraordinary work.

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Should have left it alone! The author did not finish it - and maybe he had ALOT yet to research in order to integrate random thoughts. All we have here is wildly random thoughts!

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