Salsa Nocturna: Stories

  • by Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by Daniel José Older
  • 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A 300-year-old story collector enlists the help of the computer hacker next door to save her dying sister. A half-resurrected cleanup man for Death’s sprawling bureaucracy faces a phantom pachyderm, doll-collecting sorceresses, and his own ghoulish bosses. Gordo, the old Cubano who watches over the graveyards and sleeping children of Brooklyn, stirs and lights another Malaguea. Down the midnight streets of New York, a whole invisible universe churns to life in Daniel José Older’s debut collection of ghost noir.

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What the Critics Say

"It’s so rare to read something that doesn’t sound like anything you’ve read before, and so invigorating." (John Green, author, The Fault in Our Stars)

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Would you listen to Salsa Nocturna: Stories again? Why?

Yes I listened to it twice in the first two days I had it.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Gordo. Second fiddle character but very essential to what happens in this world.


What does Daniel José Older bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Older brings nuance and personality to a wide range of characters with distinct voice characterizations and narration.


If you could rename Salsa Nocturna: Stories, what would you call it?

I wouldn't.


Any additional comments?

I had the honor and pleasure of attending a reading of this book at WisCon in May 2014. I immensely enjoyed the experience and decided to buy the book. Something about Older's reading brought the narrative to life. I admire the passion and excitement of his work that comes through in his performance. I enjoyed "Love Is Like a F*ck*ng River" most. Older wasn't afraid to bleed all over that story and it comes through even clearer in the audio edition. Overall, I loved the distinctions among all voices and the consistency throughout the book. I'm glad I decided to get it.

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- Inda Lauryn "Inda"

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Where does Salsa Nocturna: Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was a unique and entertaining listen. I enjoyed the mixture of police procedural with ghost story. The book is both serious and tongue-in-cheek. DJO's work is intentionally told from the perspective Latino and Black people. This perspective enriches the story and it's clear that DJO has done a lot of historical research on Black history in NYC etc to stretch canvas his story is painted on.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Salsa Nocturna: Stories?

I don't really like this question because it makes me want to spoil things. So I'm going to refuse to answer it. I'd rather people experience the book for themselves.


What does Daniel José Older bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At first I thought it was pretty hokey that the author was also the performer in this audiobook. I viewed it as a flaw or something a little funny that could be overlooked for some great storytelling. But, truth be told, DJO's style really grew on me and I think his literal voice is one of the best things about this audiobook. He knows how he wants his characters to sound and feel and that comes across in this recording.


Who was the most memorable character of Salsa Nocturna: Stories and why?

All of the main characters are memorable. Gordo, a fat Cuban musicman who deals with the living and the dead, is high on my list. One weakness of the book is that I found it hard to tell the difference between him and the protagonist Carlos in the beginning because the stories are narrated by both of them at different times.


Any additional comments?

This is the only Amazon or Audible review I have ever written in my many years as an Amazon customer. I think people should listen to this audiobook.

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- William Emmons

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-11-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios