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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Hijuelos Narrator: various narrators, James Langton, Polly Lee, Henry Leyva, Robert Petkoff Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2015 ISBN: 9781478960348
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The magisterial final novel from Oscar Hijuelos, acclaimed author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise follows famed nineteenth-century journalist-explorer Henry Stanley, his wife, the painter Dorothy Tennant, and Stanley’s long friendship with Mark Twain, as they venture to Cuba in search of Stanley’s father. Told through a fictitious manuscript and imagined correspondence between Stanley, Tennant, and Twain, Hijuelos captures not only the general style of educated nineteenth century, but manages to pull off the seemingly impossible task of channeling Mark Twain himself. The manuscript—in the works for decades—was found by Hijuelos’ widow after his death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE is a natural and delightful extension of Hijuelos' work, and like his earlier books, this one is distinguished by vitality so intense as to give the reader a charge just picking up the book. . . . a voice that is haunting and mesmerizing, and a story that shows just how fantastic and enjoyable Oscar Hijuelos' imagination really was. Craig Nova, author of The Good Son
  • What a wonder to have Oscar Hijuelos return from the celestial beyond with a tale that is thoroughly of this world and firmly anchored in history! TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE is a marvelous blend of research and the imagination, resurrecting two fascinating contemporaries-Mark Twain and Henry Morton Stanley-and lending a bygone era the shimmer of here and now. Marie Arana, author of American Chica, Cellophane, and Bolívar: American Liberator.
  • An extraordinary feat of imaginative historical re-creation. Booklist (starred review)
  • This book is good news for Hijuelos fans. Kirkus
  • Vividly imagined and detailed epic...How lucky we are to have this rich novel. Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
  • The final masterpiece by the Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer....Twain fans, get ready. Huffington Post
  • Oscar Hijuelos, who left us suddenly and far too soon, has been deeply missed by those of us who were his friends-missed both as a friend and as a writer. The friend will not be coming back, but what a miracle that he has given us this last novel-which is a fine and wonderful novel, and surely among the best books Oscar ever wrote. Paul Auster
  • The great Oscar Hijuelos lives on in this ambitious, fascinating, and richly detailed work that, like the author, is in a class by itself. Gay Talese
  • TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE is a natural and delightful extension of Hijuelos' work, and like his earlier books, this one is distinguished by vitality so intense as to give the reader a charge just picking up the book. . . . a voice that is haunting and mesmerizing, and a story that shows just how fantastic and enjoyable Oscar Hijuelos' imagination really was. Craig Nova, author of The Good Son
  • What a wonder to have Oscar Hijuelos return from the celestial beyond with a tale that is thoroughly of this world and firmly anchored in history! TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE is a marvelous blend of research and the imagination, resurrecting two fascinating contemporaries-Mark Twain and Henry Morton Stanley-and lending a bygone era the shimmer of here and now. Marie Arana, author of American Chica, Cellophane, and Bolívar: American Liberator.
  • Oscar Hijuelos, who left us suddenly and far too soon, has been deeply missed by those of us who were his friends-missed both as a friend and as a writer. The friend will not be coming back, but what a miracle that he has given us this last novel-which is a fine and wonderful novel, and surely among the best books Oscar ever wrote. Paul Auster
  • So sad that this is our last Hijuelos novel, so fabulous that we have it. Library Journal (starred review)
  • A brilliant posthumous capstone. EW.com
  • “[An] ambitious, fascinating, and richly detailed work that, like the author, is in a class by itself.”

    Gay Talese, New York Times bestselling author

  • The great Oscar Hijuelos lives on in this ambitious, fascinating, and richly detailed work that, like the author, is in a class by itself. Gay Talese
  • A magical story. David Baldacci, CBS Sunday Morning
  • “Stylistically adventurous…will make illuminating reading for Hijuelos fans.”

    USA Today

  • “An exciting and moving blend of letters, narrative, and imagined memoir…Hijuelos gives a delightful glimpse into the relationship of two of history’s most fascinating subjects.”

    Vanity Fair

  • Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise delivers as an erudite vaudeville of turn-of-the-century superstars.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Hijuelos spins a great tale, rich with details…There’s just a kind of gorgeous magic to the disparate but parallel lives he is charting.”

    NPR

  • “An engrossing commentary on friendship, fame, and fate.”

    Newsday

  • “[A] vividly imagined and detailed epic…How lucky we are to have this rich novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Told through a combination of formats, including straight narrative, letters, memoir, and diary entries—all invented, and convincingly so…By observing them at many moments of vulnerability, readers gain insights into their makeup…It’s an extraordinary feat of imaginative historical re-creation.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The main voices [are] ably performed by the ensemble of narrators. Henry Leyva captures the charming and tragic elder Clemens, and—more remarkably—James Langton, the bull-headed and searching Stanley. The vividly rendered Tennant—read by Polly Lee—matches both for energy and passion. Robert Petkoff ably covers the narration and other major characters. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise is a marvelous blend of research and the imagination, resurrecting two fascinating contemporaries…and lending a bygone era the shimmer of here and now.”

    Marie Arana, award-winning author of American Chica

  • “Like his earlier books, this one is distinguished by vitality so intense as to give the reader a charge just picking up the book.”

    Craig Nova, award-winning author of The Good Son

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
  • A Men’s Journal Pick of 7 Best Books of November 2015
  • One of Newsday’s Books Not to Miss
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for November 2015
  • A Boston Globe Pick for Fall 2015
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Blockbuster Novels
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About the Author
Author Oscar Hijuelos

Oscar Hijuelos (1951–2013) was a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the Rome Prize, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He was also nominated for the National Book Award.

About the Narrators

James Langton, born in York, England, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Winner of fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.

Polly Lee, an Earphones Awardwinning narrtor,is an actress from London who has appeared in the off-Broadway shows Lenin’s Embalmer’s, Close Ties, Slag Heap, The October Crisis, and others. She received her BA from London University and an MFA from the New School in New York.

Henry Leyva is a classically trained actor with extensive work in theater, television, film, and radio. He has appeared off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country in many plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Street Car Named Desire. He has also performed in audio dramas for the Syfy Channel and National Public Radio. His audiobook narration has won him three AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Robert Petkoff is an audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.