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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.

©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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    Rachel MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 07-23-15
    Rachel MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 07-23-15 Member Since 2010

    part time gourmet, full time nerd

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    "Awful, couldn't get past the first few chapters"
    What could Junot Diaz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The writer seems capable of painting a vivid picture and setting up the storytelling framework but I found the content vulgar and boring.


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    Tanya Renaud 07-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "a fun tragedy "

    this is a tale is told in a way that makes the sad story an adventure of a lifetime. my favourite element was the storytelling, the use of expressions and dialect made the story feel familiar and real. I loved how it all plays out, our doomed protagonist truly is wondrous like the great tragedies of the Greeks.

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    P. Matthews 07-03-15
    P. Matthews 07-03-15
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    "Well told story, beautiful ending."

    Thus is a good book with great characters and writing style. Worth giving it a listen

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    L. Freed Hockessin, Delaware USA 06-14-15
    L. Freed Hockessin, Delaware USA 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very inventive alndgripping , disappointing ending"

    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.

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    N. Le Los Angeles 05-27-15
    N. Le Los Angeles 05-27-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I wish I could love this more"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Did Jonathan Davis and Staci Snell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It might be better as a movie.


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    Court 04-23-15
    Court 04-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "one of my favorites"

    I read this a couple years ago and came back to it again in audio format. It brought the story back to life.

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    Carla 04-15-15
    Carla 04-15-15
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    "Love-hate relationship with the story"

    Loved the narrators. Struggled at the beginning but it was an amazing story. Admire Junot's ability to take us away from reality.

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    Thomas Cornwall 04-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the main narrator!"

    Narrator was outstanding and made me want to finish the book. I enjoyed the author's integration of other classical and popular literary works that kept me researching and learning throughout the book.

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    Emily Walker 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    Didn't enjoy it at all! Dark story about a boy/man who doesn't want to die a virgin. And, he doesn't.

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    AW 03-02-15
    AW 03-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "ZAFA!"

    I recommend this richly descriptive well written novel. Well done Junot Diaz, well done!

    THANK YOU

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