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Enrique's Journey | [Sonia Nazario]

Enrique's Journey

Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, Enrique's Journey is the timeless story of families torn apart, the yearning to be together again, and a boy who will risk his life to find the mother he loves.
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Publisher's Summary

In this astonishing true story, award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States.

When Enrique is five years old, his mother, Lourdes, too poor to feed her children, leaves Honduras to work in the United States. The move allows her to send money back home to Enrique so he can eat better and go to school past the third grade.

Lourdes promises Enrique she will return quickly. But she struggles in America. Years pass. He begs for his mother to come back. Without her, he becomes lonely and troubled.

With gritty determination and a deep longing to be by his mother's side, Enrique travels through hostile, unknown worlds. Each step of the way through Mexico, he and other migrants, many of them children, are hunted like animals. Gangsters control the tops of the trains. Bandits rob and kill migrants up and down the tracks. Corrupt cops all along the route are out to fleece and deport them. To evade Mexican police and immigration authorities, they must jump onto and off the moving boxcars they call El Tren de la Muerte - the Train of Death.

Enrique pushes forward using his wit, courage, and hope - and the kindness of strangers. It is an epic journey, one thousands of immigrant children make each year to find their mothers in the United States.

Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, Enrique's Journey is the timeless story of families torn apart, the yearning to be together again, and a boy who will risk his life to find the mother he loves.

©2006 Sonia Nazario; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The breadth and depth of Nazario's research into this phenomenon is astounding, and she has crafted her findings into a story that is at once moving and polemical." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Bobby Reed Nashville, TN United States 07-01-14
    Bobby Reed Nashville, TN United States 07-01-14 Listener Since 2009
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    Was Enrique's Journey worth the listening time?

    My son read Enrique's Journey as an assignment for school. He listened to the audio book and followed along in the printed version. When he got to the end of Chapter 7 it skipped about 20 pages to the Afterward. While he didn't have any other complaints about the audio book, those who are only listening to the book and not following along in print would not know they were missing the end of the book!


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    Angie 01-11-09
    Angie 01-11-09

    I will recommend Audible to anyone who loves multi-tasking. I am able to learn while being active. It takes away my stress, totally!

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    "Eye opener"

    I was enlightened. A good book. A good narrator.

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    Abigail Pennington, NJ, United States 02-09-13
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    "Excellent reporting; reader butchers Spanish"

    Nazario's reporting is excellent. She's taken a heart wrenching situation and woven in humanity to make it bearable.

    Byers is a good reader for English but her Spanish takes away from her performance.

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    amanda 02-04-12
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    "Great Story, Horrible Narrator."
    What did you love best about Enrique's Journey?

    Absolutely a must-read. The story is a real eye-opener about the journey that South Americans take to get to the United States. The narrator however, sounds like a robot at times. Her voice is harsh and lacks the fluency that I have grown accustomed to in my other audible purchases.


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    Ryan Ariosa 07-10-15
    Ryan Ariosa 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Must read for anyone interested in Latin American immigration"

    This was an outstanding narrative of the perilous journey most Latin American immigrants face on their way to the U.S. Some parts gripping, others tear-jerking but all very well informed and researched. Byers does a great job narrating as well.

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    Daniel Barresi Long Island 04-23-15
    Daniel Barresi Long Island 04-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Eye-opening!"

    This story truly depicts the experience of leaving a cold behind in order to provide them with a better life. The emotional impact that that this story illustrates will alter your currently held notions about the immigrant experience.

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    Reynie 01-05-15
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    "Great and insightful story"

    Loved the story, but narration was so, so would have like to had a person that could pronounce the Spanish words better.

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    matthew 02-13-14
    matthew 02-13-14 Member Since 2014

    I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile

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    "Raises awareness of an on going issue"

    My family immigrated from Scotland two generations back. Now I can see there are many people from Central and South America doing the same thing, but it has become very dangerous. furthermore, families are estranged from one another for years at a time as a result of this northern migration via train. It is definitely a hot button issue and it is a problem in many parts of the world. Frankly I can't see why some of these smaller countries can't come up with something to give their citizens a reason not to leave.Instead the politicians benefit from the sweat off these poor people's backs while not doing anything to give them hope for a brighter future for their families. I'm in Turkey right now and they have accepted 700,000 refugees from Syria. Lots of the people I have met are from Georgia, Pakistan and Iran. The Islamic world is far more cohesive than I had imagined. It is a bit off topic, but globalization is really bringing out the worst in bad countries, so people are not stupid. They will risk their lives for the prospect of a better life somewhere other than home. Enrique's story is one of tragedy and persistence to just get to the U.S. We take our easy lives for granted. Our forefathers must have also had a hard time adjusting, but we never risked losing limbs, robbery or rape just to escape the oppression of Europe.

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    john Gladstone, IL, United States 02-12-12
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    Great book about, the determination of migrants, trying to get to United States intering from Mexico.

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    Perry Brooklyn, NY, United States 09-12-11
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    "Motivational book"

    Changed my view and opinon on imagration in america, good book overall. easy read, must read

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