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The Pale King

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David Foster Wallace

Narrated By: Robert Petkoff

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: April 2011

Duration: 19 hours 0 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. 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.


  • 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.

  • Davis Clark

    Wow. An extraordinary work.

  • Anonymous

    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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