Modern, realistic, gritty, sensuous writing. I loved the layers, rich detail, and superb characterization in this story. A fabulous bittersweet story...I could relate to Oscar Wao on many levels....but also to his college roommate--the one telling the story. The narration is excellent. I know I'll listen to this book again. Well worth the price and the time.
music is life
I switched back and forth between the written and audio. I found one augmented the other. since there is so much Spanish vernacular, it was extremely helpful to hear the phrases and then to be able to see those words in print.
The narrator, Yunior, was ultimately the most moving character next to the tragic Oscar. Although I can understand why Staci Snell read Lola's section, I couldn't help but wish for the return of Jonathan Davis' voice.
Oscar, to tell him that I understand.
Very well written and the narration was excellent. Unique way of story telling and very good job of providing a listener to the deep thoughts of each character.
I'm sure Junot Diaz doesn't need to know my opinion, but he is a fantastic writer! This story is by turns hilarious, heartbreaking and astonishing. There are moments that make you hold your breath and wish better things for the characters. The use of language is unique and always compelling. Just a great book, well performed.
Beautiful, layered book, beautifully read, which affirmed some things I already knew and taught me a fair bit I didn't. I did not want it to end. Highest praise.
I loved the style of this author. My favorite books are those that let me get in the head and life of people unlike myself. This was well accomplished in this book. I came out with a greater understanding of what it would be like to live in a country with a cruel dictator and to see the colorful people who live and love through it all.
Great reading and voice that makes the times, the people and the story come alive - congratulations. And not knowing much about the DR's history, it was a great way to learn about cruelty, jealousy and triumph. And I sure like Oscar.
The performances are superb. This is a wonderful story, but the narrators become just as important as what they are saying, and really bring it to life. Your internal monologue will become colored with their quirks and vernacular. The book itself is littered with references to all kinds of things - not just nerdy stuff, although there is plenty of that - that will make you laugh and feel pretty smart when you pick up on them.
The story is unique, the writing excellent, and the narration top notch. I read plenty of trashy thrillers as well as literature, so I was a little worried that this was going to be one of those beautifully executed and heartrending books that failed to grab the reader. I was so wrong. It IS beautiful and tragic, but also very engaging and ultimately uplifting. I agree with other reviewers that it helps to understand Spanish but, even without, I expect it would be almost as good.