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This Is How You Lose Her Audiobook

This Is How You Lose Her

The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.
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Publisher's Summary

Junot Díaz burst into the literary world with Drown, a collection of indelible stories that revealed a major new writer with the "eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet" (Newsweek). His eagerly awaited first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, arrived like a thunderclap, topping best-of-the-year lists and winning a host of major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Now Díaz turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love.

The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care. They teach us the catechism of affections: that the faithlessness of the fathers is visited upon the children; that what we do unto our exes is inevitably done in turn unto us; and that loving thy neighbor as thyself is a commandment more safely honored on platonic than erotic terms. Most of all, these stories remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience, and that "love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever."

©2012 Junot Díaz (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Laura 01-06-16
    Laura 01-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Crap!"

    Disjointed rambling and complaining! I wish I could give this negative stars. Also wish I could find the creator of "great books to listen to on a road trip" and punch them in the face! 5 hours of bullshit.

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    Pedro Ramirez 11-20-15
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    "Junot Diaz the writer, the storyteller = great!"

    Always great to read along the text with an audio version of it by your side and this truly was a perfect companion. Glad he took the time and placed great care in his narrating as well!

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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 10-27-15
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 10-27-15 Member Since 2010

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Junot Diaz is one of the best writers today"

    His stories are so beautifully written they make you ache. His characters are painfully flawed and real and vibrant and wonderful. This story, like everything I have read by him was masterful.

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    Samantha De La Fuente 07-10-15
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    "yes!"

    Buy this Audio book you will be laughing and crying within the same 5 minutes.

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    Jen Long Beach, CA 07-03-15
    Jen Long Beach, CA 07-03-15
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    "Good story, bad narrating"

    The other reviewers are right, this is a book that you'd be better off reading than listening to. The author reads it like he's doing story time for children, it was hard to finish for me. Overall good book, the author should probably just stick to writing.

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    Tom Quirk 03-26-15
    Tom Quirk 03-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"

    Junot Diaz stories are in unique first person accounts of modern life,love and death. His prose is visceral and brilliant, providing insight into the Dominican American experience in the Northeastern United States (New York and Boston), but more importantly the constant struggle of the human heart to satisfy both temporal and physical pleasures. Readers gain insight into all these aspects of life while at the same time being entertained by fascinating stories.

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    Erik Louisville, KY, United States 03-21-15
    Erik Louisville, KY, United States 03-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Memorable stories, compelling story writing"

    If you're in the mood for effectively written, heart-wrenching contemporary stories that might well leave you feeling sad, this is the collection for you. Note, I listened to the audiobook version, which earns an extra star for the author's earnest narration efforts.

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    Kristine Hall 02-13-15
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    "Relatable and Heart Wrenching"

    In perfect form, Junot Diaz relates to readers exactly how you lose her. We've all known guys like Junior. He is a sympathetic character who isn't perfect, isn't always nice, but who, through perfect storytelling, we come to love in spite of his flaws. Diaz as narrator adds the intended flavor to this masterpiece collection of shorts that is simply too good to miss.

    "You must learn her.

    You must know the reason why she is silent. You must trace her weakest spots. You must write to her. You must remind her that you are there. You must know how long it takes for her to give up. You must be there to hold her when she is about to.

    You must love her because many have tried and failed. And she wants to know that she is worthy to be loved, that she is worthy to be kept.

    And, this is how you keep her."

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    C. Nicole Trevino 02-03-15
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    "loved it!"

    I love the way Junot Diaz reads this book! His personality makes the book come alive and it adds a lot of humor!

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    Olga 01-05-15
    Olga 01-05-15
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    "Painful and poetic"

    I read the reviews that were saying it was a sexist novel. Of course I didn't believe it because Junot Diaz is definitely is not a sexist. He talks about it and gives examples but how else to do bring up issues? By avoiding them? Seriously people, I don't know what you were thinking while writing this!
    I was fascinated my metaphors he uses all over the book, you have to listen to this!
    The book is filled with emotions. Great humor, overwhelming pain...
    Also Junot is a great narrator!

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