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This Is How You Lose Her Audiobook

This Is How You Lose Her

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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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    Wynne Griffith 09-21-13
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    "Very explicit story of young Dominican guy"
    Where does This Is How You Lose Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Junot Diaz's voice. His narrative. His perspective.


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    He made it "real".


    Who was the most memorable character of This Is How You Lose Her and why?

    Junot.


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    Molly APTOS, CA, United States 06-30-13
    Molly APTOS, CA, United States 06-30-13
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    "Amazing"
    Where does This Is How You Lose Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an amazing, complicated, heart wrenching story. The author was was an incredible performer.


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    lavonne San Jose, CA, United States 06-17-13
    lavonne San Jose, CA, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Do not waste your money"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am not sure who might enjoy this book?


    Has This Is How You Lose Her turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Junot Díaz’s performances?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a waste of money.

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    meg 04-13-13
    meg 04-13-13
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    "Authentic"
    What made the experience of listening to This Is How You Lose Her the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the fact that this was read by the author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters, particularly Yunior, had such an authentic voice. He is flawed and relatable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Elvis finds out that the son he thought was his, was not.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Diaz creates fascinating characters with strong voices. He is particularly adept at capturing heart wrenching emotions behind the heavy masks of his multidimensional characters.

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    kellyann jackson n. bellmore, new york United States 04-08-13
    kellyann jackson n. bellmore, new york United States 04-08-13
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    "Awful reader!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a different reader!


    Would you recommend This Is How You Lose Her to your friends? Why or why not?

    my book club read the book, I listened to it. I believe they enjoyed the book more than I did because they were not distracted by the reader.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Junot Díaz’s performances?

    NO


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    pilot East Coast 02-10-13
    pilot East Coast 02-10-13 Member Since 2016

    Listening to books makes my mundane tasks so much more palatable.

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    "Cheating with a fresh voice"

    Junot Diaz's writing is extremely fresh, new, and immensely entertaining. Yunior, the recurring narrator throughout most of these stories, is a character unlike any other I've come across. The writing here, especially the Dominican street talk, is vivid.

    While I liked the book overall, I gave the story itself only three stars. For me, the stories, detailing Yunior's romantic relationships, and the inevitable breakups, got a little repetitive. I really liked the stories about Yunior's childhood, the coldness of his father, the mother's obliviousness, and the stories of Rafa's (Yunior's brother) sad end. Yunior's chronic infidelities are interesting at first, but I eventually just got tired of hearing about them in almost every story. In one of the last stories, Yunior claims to have cheated on one long-time girlfriend over 50 times. At that point, the reader has read so much about cheating that it elicits only a shrug.

    The writing is so good here. I just wish other characters would have had more voice, and that relationship issues other than infidelity would have figured into the stories.

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    Mickey Highland Park, NJ 02-09-13
    Mickey Highland Park, NJ 02-09-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Stories - Loved Diaz's Performance"

    I loved The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao and was looking forward to hearing this collection of related stories. I was so happy with the results. The collection is beautifully written and a bitter sweet description of his character's loves (or rather failures of love) and lives. The real treat was Diaz's performance of his stories. His narration provided the amazing experience of hearing the author words as he meant them.

    I'm also a Central New Jersey guy and know almost all of the places where the stories took place. That also made it great.

    I cannot recommend this collection of stories more.

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    Carol Los Angeles, California, United States 02-04-13
    Carol Los Angeles, California, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011

    I love Will Patton and will listen to anything he narrates... that about says it!

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    "Absolutely mesmerizing...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of This Is How You Lose Her to be better than the print version?

    This story is so well told that I travelled to the Dominican Republic;s history and felt what living there and then being an immigrant in the streets of New Jersey.... It was compelling, exciting, well written and a page turner... Thank you Junot!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    A culture I knew nothing of became real and alive for me


    Have you listened to any of Junot Díaz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ?


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    Amazon Customer 02-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't lose this audiobook!"

    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.

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    Scott USA 01-07-13
    Scott USA 01-07-13 Member Since 2010

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)

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    "Terrific Collection of Short Stories"
    Any additional comments?

    I wasn’t sure what to expect with Junot Diaz’s follow up to “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” which is one of my favorite audiobooks and one of my favorite novels. I also wasn’t too keen on Junot Diaz’s narration at first, mostly because Jonathan Davis’s narration of Oscar Wao was so good but I quickly grew to like it. To me, “This Is How You Lose Her” exists somewhere between Oscar Wao and “Drown.” I felt that the short stories were less minimalistic than in “Drown” but they took place in the same universe as some characters featured in both books make appearances – mostly the character Yunior. I guarded myself before listening to this collection because I thought an audiobook of short stories couldn’t live up to the grandeur of Oscar Wao but fortunately I was pleasantly surprised. The stories here are great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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