This Is How You Lose Her

  • by Junot Díaz
  • Narrated by Junot Díaz
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Junot Díaz burst into the literary world with Drown, a collection of indelible stories that revealed a major new writer with the "eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet" (Newsweek). His eagerly awaited first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, arrived like a thunderclap, topping best-of-the-year lists and winning a host of major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Now Díaz turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love.
The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care. They teach us the catechism of affections: that the faithlessness of the fathers is visited upon the children; that what we do unto our exes is inevitably done in turn unto us; and that loving thy neighbor as thyself is a commandment more safely honored on platonic than erotic terms. Most of all, these stories remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience, and that "love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever."


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Customer Reviews

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Yes, he lost her. So deservedly.

Let's begin with the fact that Junot Diaz is an excellent writer and for his own work, he's a pretty listenable reader also. Wouldn't want to hear him read Lord of the Rings, but for this type of story and dialect he nails it.

But honestly, not everyone is going to want to listen to this. The main male characters of the book are so profoundly disrespectful to females and so assinine in their behavior towards women that after awhile it gets hard to take. Women defined as p***y, defined by their sexual attributes -- over and over and over-- well, it stops mattering that it is well-written after awhile. It probably works for many readers, but personally I lose interest in "sexual escapades as great literature" fairly fast. I felt a little pity for the main character, but mostly I just despised him.

I listened to the end because 1.) I wondered if there would be some great redeeming moment (not so much) and 2.) There are many short stories and some are more engaging than others. But forewarning,much of this may be offensive to many women listeners. It's not for everyone.

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- McSue

How You Lost ME

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A 17 year old hetrosexual male deeply versed in street slang.

Would you ever listen to anything by Junot Díaz again?


What didn’t you like about Junot Díaz’s performance?

Sounds nothing like a man that speaks in gutter-eez.

What character would you cut from This Is How You Lose Her?

Not ONE....NOT ONE would I keep.

Any additional comments?

I'm not a prude.... but, geez!!!!! After a protaganist recounts, in trash talk, the second time about the smell of his hand after he stuck it up a girl's skirt and I'm done. I don't WANT to listen to more.

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- tooonce72

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio