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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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    Miles 10-18-12
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    Would you try another book from Junot Díaz and/or Junot Díaz?

    No, there are too many other books out there to read. I gave this a try because I have heard so much about this author but I just didn't respond to the material.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Christopher Isherwood's A Single Man.


    What three words best describe Junot Díaz’s voice?

    Gritty. Crass. Machismo.


    What character would you cut from This Is How You Lose Her?

    The first one, the Dominican man with the New Jersey girlfriend.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Diaz is trying to convey sharp voices and characters through the lens of their ethnic identities. While this can be engaging, if I want that I will just read David Foster Wallace, who does the same with more lilting and nuanced voices, a little less raunch and more overall beauty and heart in terms of the actual writing.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Chidinma Houston, TX, United States 10-06-12
    Chidinma Houston, TX, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "JUNOT DIAZ NAILS IT... AGAIN!"
    Would you listen to This Is How You Lose Her again? Why?

    YES!!!!!!! This audiobook experience comes together perfectly. The story is classic Junot Diaz with characters that are alive and kicking with non-negotiable street cred. You get front-row views into the comedy and pain of their situations, and location descriptions that make you feel like you're standing in the middle of the action.

    Junot Diaz as a reader is surprisingly fantastic! He reads the stories at the right pace, injecting the spanish slang words with just the right emphases, and altogether convincingly brings to life the Yunior character.

    The bachata music before the first story and in between the stories set the right mood for the poignant, heartbreaking stories, allowing them to flow into each other seamlessly.

    EXCELLENTLY DONE!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Is How You Lose Her?

    A vicious description of one of Rafa's ex-girlfriends, Tammy Franco. She's a tertiary character and yet Junot is able to commit her to his readers' memory in a few words. He describes the abusive relationship that she has with Rafa as a "two-year-long public-service announcement", and even details how she gets physically exposed and publicly humiliated when Rafa drags her by the hair in a parking lot in a fit of temper. Yet she never actually stops loving him. Descriptions like these are testament to Junot's ability to create memorable characters, and his unflinching ability to present the EVIL in the characters that we LOVE and desperately want to root for, characters like the cancer-ailing Rafa. There are no monsters and there are no angels, even the "good" people are fundamentally flawed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In "Invierno", the story of a the child Yunior after first relocating to New Jersey from the Dominican republic-- there's a scene in which his mother tries to practice English with his father, and he shuts her down mercilessly with "You don't have to learn. Besides the average woman can't learn English." This unbearable disrespect and a lack of empathy towards his wife is especially heartbreaking because the people we love and depend on to help us the most are most times the ones who break us the most. They can and sometimes use the power we give them over us to keep us down and disillusion us. It is worse than anything an enemy can do to us.


    Any additional comments?

    Junot Diaz is one of the best writers of our time. I look forward to reading (and listening) to whatever he has next.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Luis E. Gonzalez 02-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "superb narration, makes the story shine brighter"

    The story is pretty nice, it is nothing mind-boggling good, but the narration is so good, it's superb (it is by the author). The sincerity, eloquence and feeling in his narration is go good it makes the story a couple of stars better. the fluent switching between languages is amazing as a Dominican myself I don't think it can be read any better by anyone.

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    Chanda Stone 02-05-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Not my Kind of book"

    I did not finish this book. I could not stand the story, the language, or the attitude of the narrator. It gave me a headache and put me in a bad mood. I wish I had not waisted a credit on it. It was a book club pick. I skipped the meeting because I did not even want to talk about the part I listened to.

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    Lauryn 10-20-16
    Lauryn 10-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story."

    I love this story just as much as I loved reading Drown. This book gives a personal outlook on the struggles of life, love, & immigration.

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    GIF Brooklyn, NY 08-23-16
    GIF Brooklyn, NY 08-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "a cool entertaining book"

    I like the way the author read it... real, flavorful, with character, not mincing words, entertaining... it was fun to listen... the stories are just the right size to tell a story and not get boring... but beware, some Spanish (Dominican Spanish) is needed if u listen to it... I feel like I missed out on some flavors by not being familiar with Dominican slang (looking it up later wasn't as good as understading it in the moment)...

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    DeJane Kerr 08-18-16
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    "Couldn't even finish it"

    This book was hard to listen to. It didn't make me care about any of the characters. The reviews for this book were great do I was really looking forward to it. However, after having listened to 2/3 if it - I would not recommend this book.

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    Leticia Porche 08-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "R-rated "Ok" Stories"

    This book has very creative style of writing, but I didn't care for the characters.

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    Reader and Listener from Abington Abington PA 07-02-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Kudos from a New Jersey Girl"

    I generally do not like short stories. But I so very much loved Oscar Wao that I tried this one and was not disappointed. Diaz brings such a unique voice to the table in Junior--brash, bright, of the streets but literary, vulgar, introspective and charming. This is a book about people in a world very different than mine, who I wanted to meet and get to know. Only one of the stories fell a bit flat, interestingly the one told in a woman's voice.

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    Ana Carson 06-27-16
    Ana Carson 06-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great performance, it gives the story depth and emotion"

    I had read his previous book where we meet Yunior and I really enjoyed getting to know him better.

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