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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

Read by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award®-winning creator and star of the musical Hamilton, and Tony Award®-winning actress, Karen Olivo. This brilliant narration adds another layer of lyricism and depth to this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel.

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 Díaz (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    Jennifer Winters 03-08-17
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    "Beautiful and devastating"

    I loved every minute of this book. The story was raw and beautiful and I was hooked. Lin Manuel Miranda's reading was phenomenal.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda O.Hughes 03-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Poor Oscar"

    the story is compelling. At times I got a little confused because it jumps around a lot. But I was definitely sucked into the magical energy of the curse in the family. so well-read too. Definitely worth a listen.

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    Lynne Smith Mechanicsburg, PA USA 04-18-17
    Lynne Smith Mechanicsburg, PA USA 04-18-17 Member Since 2013

    An eclectic reader of many genres

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    "Third time did it"

    I first came across this book when I attended a convention at which Diaz was the keynote speaker. I so thoroughly enjoyed the speech and I could not wait to start the book. However when I started it, for whatever reason at the time, I just wasn't getting into it. I downloaded an audible version a while back but didn't actually listen. So now the third time comes. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivia have Done a remarkable job of narrating the complex story of Oscar Wao as we meet him and then learn of his family and it's past. So glad I finally finished it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Padilla 02-03-17
    R. Padilla 02-03-17
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    "Brought to life by Lin Manuel's performance"

    Lin Manuel's performance brings the story to life in a way only someone who has lived with characters like these can relate to. His pronunciation, accent, imitation of the expressions and sense for the culture are spot on. The story itself is interesting and engaging, with enough history to educate, character development to make one wonder and a lot of heart. Worth every moment of your listening pleasure.

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    L. Carroll 01-20-17
    L. Carroll 01-20-17

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    "A wondrous tale"

    I would never read/listened this book if I hadn't heard about the Lin-Manuel Miranda audiobook. I'm glad I stumbled onto it through Lin-Manuel Miranda. This is an interesting story and well written. I love the humor of the writing even though the story is at times quite dark. I have to admit my Spanish is not good enough for this book but the performance did relay a lot. My only complaint about this is something that may not be as bad if you actually read the physical book. At times I found it difficult to determine the narrator of the story. I will have to investigate this author further.

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    Stan Los Angeles, CA 05-25-17
    Stan Los Angeles, CA 05-25-17 Member Since 2016

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    "I had really high expectations, but..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the parts of the book that gave a sense of the Dominican History under Trujillo. In fact, the footnotes were probably the most interesting thing. But the story just wasn't the timeless literature that its pedigree led me to expect.


    Would you recommend The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't think I would, sadly. Oscar's life just seemed sad. Not tragic, just sad. And I had a hard time identifying with any of the characters once they passed puberty. The tragedy was not inevitable...it was just a lot of poor decisions that you could see coming from a mile away.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am a big fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda's work. I have my Hamilton tickets, and In the Heights is one of the best musicals I have seen. I can see why he would have seemed perfect for the book, but he wasn't. He was too hip-hop cool for a character like Oscar. And he mispronounced some words and place names, which was jarring.


    Did The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao inspire you to do anything?

    No. I wanted it to...but it did not inspire me to do anything except shake my head and wonder what the fuss was about.


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    clara m norvell 05-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "well read and well written!"

    loved it! I enjoyed listening to it. now I want to read it as Well! but it's worth listebning to, miranda did a great job!

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    Amazon Customer 04-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "beautifully​ tragic"

    Beautiful spirited book with alot of spirit. Lin's narration brought so much life. I would def recommend.

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    R. Fulford Waycross, GA 04-01-17
    R. Fulford Waycross, GA 04-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow!!!"

    Lin Manuel made this a truly magical experience. He has the voice I always thought Yunior would have, only kinder.

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    Bianca 03-14-17
    Bianca 03-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Just amazing"

    I don't know how Junot does it. I'm so glad I got it on audible because the narration made it that much better.

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