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  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • By: Junot Diaz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,845

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous listen

  • By Kathleen on 04-26-08

Best of The Quirkies

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-12

This was a wonderfully surprising book! The characters are rich and multi dimensional. Like other reviews it took a bit getting used to Oscar's grating voice but once I was into the book, I can't imagine it any other way (thumbs up to Jonathan Davis and Stacy Snell). The story took me through all the emotions that I find in a truly great book.

I am a very eclectic reader. I found this treasure when I was in my quirky book phase. Love the odd and unusual stories and interesting characters.

Jonatha Davis is my favorite narrator. He never disappoints and he shined extra bright in this story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rebel Buddha

  • On the Road to Freedom
  • By: Dzogchen Ponlop
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Dzogchen Ponlop (introduction)
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 542

There's a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It's your rebel buddha - the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It's the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Buddhism for the Western World

  • By Glenn on 04-24-11

Rebel Budda: On the Road to Freedom

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-11

First, I throughly enjoy Jonathan Davis as a narrator! I will always check the books he has done first. His voice is annimated and very easy to listen to. In the reading of Rebel Buddha his voice was a pleasant smile.

Rebel Budda is a book of searching for the buddha in yourself. It addresses the rebel part in us all. In questing our truth we often look to teachers or books before we examine what our basic question is. Dzogchen talks of letting the question grow and ferment first to get to fully understand the question. This one statement resonated for me all through the book.

This is an excellent read for anyone with a questioning mind, seeking answers for themselves.

32 of 35 people found this review helpful