In 1949 - when the dance rage is the mambo - two young Cuban musicians, recent immigrants, make their way up to the grand stage of New York. The Castillo brothers, workers by day, become night stars of the dance halls, where their orchestra plays the lush, sensuous, pulsing music that earns them the title of Mambo Kings. Oscar Hijuelos’ marvelous portrait of the Castillo brothers, their families, their fellow musicians and lovers, their triumphs and tragedies, brings to life the sights and sounds of an era in music and an unsung moment in American life.
©1991 Oscar Hijuelos (P)2000 Phoenix
"Hijuelos's pure storytelling skills commission every incident with a life and breath of its own." (Publishers Weekly)
I listened to this story a long time ago (way before Audible.com) andI loved it. However, this recording is SO different I wouldn't have recognized it. E. G Marshall is so short of breath and every gasp is heard. In fact that is ALL I could hear and had to stop early. Sad, truly sad
This book might be okay read by someone else, but the the reader's voice was so distracting it was impossible to pay attention. You can hear him take breaths and he reads with in a flat and hurried manner, making it seem like he's reading a prologue with the real story yet to come. A serious disappointment. I could t even make it through this short novel.
great story but surprise... it's abridged. terrible quality and the narrator sounds like he has emphysema. there were parts of the book that word just garbled. Audible should not sell this book it's that bad. But a beautiful story beautifully written
E. G. Marshall is a terrible reader and manages to make an interesting narrative dull and mundane. By contrast, Armando Durán, who narrated Beautiful Maria of My Soul, does a stunning job: I wanted to just keep listening to his voice!
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