The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • by Junot Diaz
  • Narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo
  • 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J R R Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku - the curse that has haunted his family for generations. With dazzling energy and insight Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar; his runaway sister Lola; their beautiful mother Belicia; and in the family's uproarious journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humour, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a literary triumph that confirms Junot Diaz as one of the most exciting writers of our time.

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Helps if you speak Spanish!

The narrators were of a high standard, but there is a fair amount of spanish used throughout the book. I'm told the print version translates the spanish in footnotes and I certainly would have got more from the audiobook had those footnotes been incorporated. Nonetheless it was a good, though depressing, listen.
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- audiobooker

didn't want it to end!

A fantastic story - both hilarious and tragic at the same time. Had me laughing out loud and choked up too. The narrator was amazing and made the story for me. 100% recommend!
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- Elena Claydon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2009
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks