• The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

  • By: Oscar Hijuelos
  • Narrated by: E. G. Marshall
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-24-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.2 (23 ratings)

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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.
©1991 Oscar Hijuelos (P)2000 Phoenix
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Critic Reviews



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

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1 out of 5 stars
By Kathy on 06-23-11

Poor production value

I listened to this story a long time ago (way before Audible.com) 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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3 out of 5 stars
By Peter Giordano on 02-25-18

Strange choice for narrator

The novel (even in this abridgement) is marvelous, a compassionate gaze into a human soul. E.G. Marshal, undoubtedly a great actor, does not serve the story well; he's sometimes out of breath and he doesn't bring much character or color to the prose

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