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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,935 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Hijuelos Narrator: E. G. Marshall Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adele Goetz | 2/17/2014

    " Oscar Hijuelos has an amazing way with language and description, which I loved...and hated. The book just felt so very long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Doug | 2/17/2014

    " Pulitzer Prize winner - for a reason. A fictional account of two brothers' coming to America from Cuba. Exquisite writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 2/13/2014

    " Sensual, rich prose, glimpse into Cuban culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nikki | 2/9/2014

    " Hot and frenetic like the music itself, this is the life story of a Mambo King from his macho escapades as a young immigrant in New York in the 1940s and 50s to his septic old age, alone in a hotel room with his records. It's a racy and timely depiction of the latino music scene in Harlem in the middle of the last century. "

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