“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)
I wasn’t sure what to expect with Junot Diaz’s follow up to “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” which is one of my favorite audiobooks and one of my favorite novels. I also wasn’t too keen on Junot Diaz’s narration at first, mostly because Jonathan Davis’s narration of Oscar Wao was so good but I quickly grew to like it. To me, “This Is How You Lose Her” exists somewhere between Oscar Wao and “Drown.” I felt that the short stories were less minimalistic than in “Drown” but they took place in the same universe as some characters featured in both books make appearances – mostly the character Yunior. I guarded myself before listening to this collection because I thought an audiobook of short stories couldn’t live up to the grandeur of Oscar Wao but fortunately I was pleasantly surprised. The stories here are great.
It is such a pleasure to hear an author read their own work. And doubly so when the work is of such quality.
Not all of the interconnected stories in this book are of the high standard f the title story, but Junot Diaz just nails it most of the time. He strips away so much artifice in his writing, and speaks so cleanly and clearly about relationship. His reading of the work is clean and clear and without artifice as well.
My only complaint is with the producer and director - on a couple of occasions the edits are really sloppy - the pitch of the inserted word or phrase is really off. Just not professional quality work.
Anyway - it was great to listen to this audiobook and I highly recommend it.
Brilliantly written moving
The humanity and richness of each of his characters.
He didn't perform. He read his story as if he was telling you about it. One on one.
The narrator, because he looks at life all around him, (not just at his own belly button), with understanding and compassion.You can feel the icy, treacherous shards of ice under the feet. The Promised Land comes at great cost, if it comes at all.
I read to learn, and in his cool, wry way Diaz delivers on every page.
I send this book over and over as a thank you note. Also, it is wonderful because when have to, you can pick it up and put it down. There is no catch up time. You hear his voice and you are right there.
Junot Diaz is a wonderful writer who gives a strong voice to Dominican culture. He writes about a world I've not experienced, but it rings true. The stories are sad and funny, mean and generous, and to hear Diaz read them himself is a special treat.
I recognize Junot Diaz is winning every critical award in American Literature these days, but there is so little to redeem this characters or the story line. I've attempted both of Diaz's latest works, and it's just not for me.
I think Junot Diaz is a gifted writer, but I don't feel I was his target audience. I didn't like any of the characters and didn't feel badly when their relationships fell apart. ****SPOILER ALERT**** All of the men were cheaters, all of them. All but maybe one or two of the women were users. If this is Junot Diaz's reality, then I feel really badly for him. I guess it would make anyone cynical. I didn't enjoy it and couldn't recommend it to anyone.
I love audio books because they allow me to knit and read at the same time. Since this was narrated by the author, it ensured that the perspective of the author came through.
The most memorable for me is when Rafi works in the yarn store. He has absolutely nothing in common with any of the ladies there, however, he still insists on overcoming his illness.
Of course, Yunior was my favorite. However, I loved Rafi.
Yes it is.
Joan Price, author
This is a popular book right now, deservedly so. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
We don't usually get the inside scoop on what goes on in the mind of a "cheating" guy, how he justifies it and regrets it, how he deals with the challenges of his life -- upbringing, dying brother, and much more. I liked the linked story format -- we meet him at different times of his life, and we piece together how all of these experiences made him the person he is.
Fabulous performance. He brought his character to life with his reading, his accent, his idiosyncrasies.
A Cheater's Life Revealed
The author reads well and is interesting to listen to. As an author he should stick to a male point of view. There is some fairly graphic descriptions of sexual activity which are totally appropriate to the stories.
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I loved his natural accent and it was easy to distinguish the variou characters.
So far the best narration among all audiobooks I have listened to!!
Cather of the Rye, Extremely Close Incredibly Loud
Amazing opening, amazing narration, feels like listening to an amazing life-stories while sitting down with friends.