I listened with awe to this imaginative book. The occasional switch to Spanish made it all the more authentic. I liked it so much that I was disappointed when it ended.
I was not into the male narrator's voice. It just didn't do it for me. Something too arrogant and cocky about his narration. Or maybe it's just the story.
I enjoyed the female narrator's voice. It was easy to listen to and understand. She made the female characters that she narrated sound really intriguing, and I wanted to know more about them. Not so much with the male characters, including Oscar.
It might be better as a movie.
Dental hygienist, runner, avid reader, and best of all....a lover of music :)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a book that deserves to be read. It's a story that speaks beyond the author's words with truth about life and death. I found myself at odds at many times making every attempt to shield my emotions as the story unfolded. Political, honest, happy, tragic, horrifying, sexual, historical....these are the underlying themes that make this story interesting - one to keep any reader engaged! Happy reading everyone! Peace and love!
I listened and read along as this was one picked for our book club. The resounding opinion form the group was one of disgust. Our group is compromised of a variety of women of different ages and backgrounds. We could not figure out the so called Tolkien references which was one of the draws to the book. Many of us were shaking our heads to who picked the book the year it won the Pulitzer. The book is offensive and demeaning to women. The slang was hard to understand and the only redeeming quality was the tiny bit of history that was given on the atrocities of the Dominican People during the reign of Truillio.
I think I would like to give another Dominican author an opportunity but not sure who yet will need to do a little more research.
Cut down on the demeaning attacks on women and the language could be sliced back a bit. I felt beaten over the head by both.
The audio was the only way I could make it through this book and out of 15 women at the meeting only 5 were able to make it all the way through the novel.
This is one of those prize winners where you go ‘huh?’ Boring, writing isn’t insightful or artful. I read a lot of serious international fiction, and this doesn’t measure up. I made myself keep going to about one third through, to see if was going to kick in, but it never did.
The book was pretty good and possibly even worth reading, but not nearly as good as I had expected based on reviews.
I have listened to many audiobooks before and never had any issues, but for whatever reason this auidiobook was almost impossible to listen to. No matter how many times I tried to play it over, it would constantly skip and jump to different scenes, and there where many times when the narrators voice was playing over itself, saying many things at once. I would NOT recommend purchasing this, just read the book.