The Broom of the System Lib/E


Product Details

Hachette Book Group
Publish Date
June 01, 2010
7.0 X 2.0 X 6.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) was the New York Times bestselling author of Infinite Jest, The Broom of the System, and Girl with Curious Hair. His essays and stories have appeared in Harper's, the New Yorker, Playboy, Paris Review, Conjunctions, Premiere, Tennis, the Missouri Review, and the Review of Contemporary Fiction. He received numerous awards, including the Whiting Award, the Lannan Award for Fiction, the QPB Joe Savago New Voices Award, and the O. Henry Award.

Robert Petkoff is an award-winning actor of stage, film, and television. He is also an accomplished narrator who has more than 100 audiobooks to his credit, and has received Audie and Earphones awards for his narration. He lives in New York City with his wife.


Daring, hilarious...a zany picaresque adventure of a contemporary America run amok.

-- "New York Times"

Gut-splitting laughs...runs the gamut from sex to TV preachers, from Gilligan's Island to Wittgensteinian philosophy....Beneath the poetry, beneath the bubbling humor, something sinister is cooking. Wallace has something to say about society, something heedful.

-- "Philadelphia Inquirer"

Wonderful...outlandish....The Broom of the System stands apart from the pack. Offbeat and inventive, it's filled with some of the most deadly accurate contemporary dialogue ever captured in print....You're in for a good time.

-- "Cleveland Plain Dealer"

Petkoff's narration is energetic, compelling, and well-paced. He deftly handles Wallace's linguistic gymnastics and entertains with brutally sharp comedic timing. Listeners will particularly appreciate the range of zany and pitch perfect voices Petkoff lends to Wallace's equally kooky cast of characters. Fun, funny, and very highly recommended.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Remarkable...hip but true.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

Robert Petkoff presides with gusto over this alternative slice of Americana, and he does so with a bevy of character voices, subtle asides, and a style that captures one's attention from the book's first word. He has an energetic rhythm that moves the story along and keeps one engaged when the action moves back and forth in time. Petkoff also does a wonderful job with the author's rich language by highlighting key words and allowing them to linger before he moves on to the next idea.

-- "AudioFile"