The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

  • by Oscar Hijuelos
  • Narrated by E. G. Marshall
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1949 - when the dance rage is the mambo - two young Cuban musicians, recent immigrants, make their way up to the grand stage of New York. The Castillo brothers, workers by day, become night stars of the dance halls, where their orchestra plays the lush, sensuous, pulsing music that earns them the title of Mambo Kings. Oscar Hijuelos’ marvelous portrait of the Castillo brothers, their families, their fellow musicians and lovers, their triumphs and tragedies, brings to life the sights and sounds of an era in music and an unsung moment in American life.


What the Critics Say

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 1990

"Hijuelos's pure storytelling skills commission every incident with a life and breath of its own." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Poor production value

I listened to this story a long time ago (way before andI loved it. However, this recording is SO different I wouldn't have recognized it. E. G Marshall is so short of breath and every gasp is heard. In fact that is ALL I could hear and had to stop early. Sad, truly sad

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- Kathy

Could not tolerate the narrator's voice

This book might be okay read by someone else, but the the reader's voice was so distracting it was impossible to pay attention. You can hear him take breaths and he reads with in a flat and hurried manner, making it seem like he's reading a prologue with the real story yet to come. A serious disappointment. I could t even make it through this short novel.
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- Pamela

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2010
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books