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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Audiobook

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2008

National Book Critics Circle Award, Fiction, 2008

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience – and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot Diaz as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.

Also includes the bestselling short story collection Drown.

©2007 Junot Diaz; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. and Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"[A] wondrous, not-so-brief first novel that is so original it can only be described as Mario Vargas Llosa meets Star Trek meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West. [W]ondrous [and] original. … [This work] decisively establishes him as one of contemporary fiction’s most distinctive and irresistible new voices." (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)

"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is panoramic and yet achingly personal. … It’s Dominican and American, not about immigration but diaspora, in which one family’s dramas are entwined with a nation’s, not about history as information but as dark-force destroyer." (Susan Straight, Los Angeles Times)

"[A] book whose imaginative energy, linguistic volatility, historical passion and all-around love of life (and its characters) make it one of the best first novels of the past few decades. … A profane and sacred, playful and serious, light and dark, filthy-throated and bittersweet treatise on life as we need to know it." (Alan Cheuse, Dallas Morning News)

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    Maurice D. Harris 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wowed by Wao"

    riveting story, poignant and turbulent, funny and hopeful. fantastic voice acting and very memorable characters

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    Amazon Customer 06-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "What a sublime story"

    This is a fantastic story that went right to the heart of what are meant to be Oscar. painted beautiful pictures with words and took us into his universe from a friends perspective. I loved it.

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    Linda 06-16-16
    Linda 06-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "READ THE BOOK"

    where did all the footnotes go?! I read this book when it first came out and it had crazy footnote notes. It what makes half the book

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    Tabitha Pearson 05-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Best Book Ever"

    I was broken hearted by this book but so glad I read it. fuck you Trujillo.

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    Warren Lanphear 05-22-16
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    "Big Wao"

    Epic story. Somebody should make it into a long movie. Jonathan Davis again is excellent reading it. A modern classic.

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    Patrick Rainey 05-12-16
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    "Depressing book for the most part, with beauty"

    It was easy to listen to, I found the story very depressing, even when factoring in the beauty within it.

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    Sarah Z. Hoyt 05-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Powerful Tragic Impactful"

    The characters were believable. The dark, painfully realistic plot was poignant. I recommend this book and transporting yourself to a glimpse of the those born in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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    Megan 04-28-16
    Megan 04-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "chapters not accurate"

    the chapters of the book are not accurate with the audio breakdown. annoying as heck

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    Teja 03-29-16
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    "Magical"

    Really magical, the stories are weaved together beautifully and I wish it was a bit longer!

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    jordan barse 03-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Almost but not quite"

    I remember a different English class at my school had students reading this book during 8th grade. I loved This Is How You Lose Her and Drown so I assumed this would be revelatory if it was good enough to be required reading, but I don't quite get the hype. It's good, but not astounding?
    Also the narrator randomly switches to a southern drawl-y voice midway through the book as though he forgot which character or book this is and it's pretty irritating haha. But otherwise everything's great! Just not 5 stars great.

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