Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Member Since 2012
Definitely, there is very much to love and like in this wonderful audiobook from critically acclaimed author Junot Díaz who features also as the narrator giving the short stories of this book a unique perspective and a (very) personal touch. Add in the short bachata musical introductions (featuring Romeo Santos) to each of the chapters and you got yourself a masterpiece.
The book relies quite heavily in the use of Latino expressions, culture and symbols. Therefore, and audience not familiarized or interested in Latin American culture may not enjoy it as much as those who do. Moreover, some knowledge of the Spanish language, although not mandatory, is highly recommended for anyone interested in this audiobook.
The main argument of the (semi-autobiographical) of each tale is easy to follow and captivating (who hasn’t lost a soul mate once in a lifetime? Who hasn’t wrecked what otherwise seemed to be a promising relationship?). I found each of the stories to be interesting and some of them were very exciting.
Way to go Junot, I will definitely keep an eye out for your next book.
I believe this to be the best and most enjoyable audiobook I’ve listen to so far.
The plot is very interesting and full of fascinating twists and turns. I listened to it while driving in my car from one place to another for a couple of weeks and found the story very easy to follow and even sometimes hard to let go. Although being quite lengthy, I did not feel at any point the story became tiresome or boring. This was also because the story unfolds, chapter by chapter, trough the voice and eyes of one of the two main characters; masterfully interpreted by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne, imposing more realism and dynamism to this wonderful story about human defeat and imperfect, yet powerful, love.
Other reviewers seem to have not liked the, I must say, very original ending that Gillian Flynn chose for what may be considered today as her best novel. Yet we should remember Gone Girl as a history of love and denial, and as such, I wouldn’t have chosen to end it in any other way.
!Two thumbs way up for the author, the actors and Audible!
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