Lin-Manuel Miranda’s voice is easily one of the main reasons why fans love the “Hamilton” soundtrack so much. It’s both powerful and vulnerable, and often times it is both of those qualities at the same time. So it should come as no surprise that Miranda was tapped to narrate the audiobook version of Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao.” It is, undeniably, a book that is both vulnerable and powerful itself.
Penguin Audio has been kind of enough to share an excerpt from the audiobook, which was released on Dec. 20th.
Originally released in 2007, Diaz’s first novel wowed (no pun intended) critics and readers alike, for its portrayal of a down-on-his-luck Dominican nerd living against the current in a rundown New Jersey suburb. In addition to the Pulitzer, Diaz’s book won the John Sargent First Novel Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. New York magazine named it Best Novel of the Year in 2007.
Narrating the “Brief And Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao” is just another amazing accomplishment for Lin-Manuel Miranda.
We gave him a good show. pic.twitter.com/FCKJXFCY2M
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 29, 2015
For people who haven’t experienced Tony Award-winning “Hamilton,” Miranda’s talents with storytelling will be a revelation. Like the main character from Diaz’s book, Miranda grew up in the hyper urban terrain of the Northeast. Both Diaz and Miranda have been extremely complimentary of one another’s work, and for good reason: both men are breaking boundaries not only for Latinos, but also for the genres in which they champion. Just this week, Lin Manuel Miranda was listed as the AP Entertainer of the Year. It is truly a wondrous time for both Miranda and Diaz.
Get the audio book of “The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao” here.