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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Diaz

Narrator: Jonathan Davis

Unabridged: 16 hr

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Published: 09/06/2007

Genre: Fiction - Literary


Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.


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AudiobooksNow review by Patricia on 2009-04-16 09:50:22

Perhaps if it didn't contain so much Spanish language I would have enjoyed it more. Some of it was understandable but for someone who knows zero Spanish, there were parts I just had to skip.

AudiobooksNow review by Candace on 2009-09-22 16:28:42

It's been a year or better since I've read this, so I can't give a very detailed review. I was just a little shocked that so many people were complaining about it being difficult to read because of the Spanish. I really don't remember there being THAT much Spanish in it, certainly not the 20 as someoone else claimed, or maybe I just didn't notice is because I enjoyed it so much. Also another commenter said they couldn't believe that this won the pulitzer and basically that The Road was way better. I, on the otherhand, have tried reading The Road on three seperate occassions and find it boring and dull and can't get into it. To each his / her own. Perhaps it's a generational thing? This book is full of slang and just seems geared towards a younger reader in my opinion. At any rate, I loved it.

AudiobooksNow review by Stephanie on 2009-10-22 14:28:22

This book was definitely not as good as everyone says it is. - As a Spanish speaker who understands the Spanish slang, I found the language to be humorous. However, I would not recommend the book to someone who is not familiar with Spanish slag particularly Dominican / Puerto Rican slang, and definitely not to someone who doesn't speak Spanish. - The footnotes throughout the book were actually really informative and educational. I liked how the author weaved the history of the Dominican Republic into the story. - The book seemed very disconnected and the end was very disappointing. Period. - The weak ending made the book feel like a waste of time. I would not recommend it and I am not quite sure how this won a Pulitzer.

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