When I started working from home, one thing I missed most was listening to audiobooks. This week I started going for a brisk walk while my youngest is in preschool in the mornings. I wanted to make good use of my walk with an audiobook. After much deliberation on my library’s Overdrive website, I borrowed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. I like that I can download the files directly to my smartphone with the Overdrive app.
I’m enjoying it so far and have made good progress thanks to my walk and the long traffic jammed drive on the DC beltway last night. I’m not familiar with audiobook narrators but Jonathan Davis does an excellent job reading the chapters about Oscar. When the book switched to his sister, Lola (narratored by Staci Snell), it felt very abrupt. Perhaps that’s my fault since I didn’t know very much about the novel before starting it. I also find Snell’s voice rather resigned for Lola, whose words are so fiery.
One of my goals this year was to read more critically acclaimed books and Diaz’s books were on my list. I recently read This Is How You Lose Her which comprised of short stories so it was easy to pick up and read in short bursts. I was ready to move onto The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao since so many of you (and my friends) recommended it.
Have you read either of these Junot Diaz books? What are you reading/listening to this weekend?
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