The Memory Keeper is the story of Tomas Romero, a native of the Acjachemen band whom the Spanish rename Juaneno. Born in 1820 in San Juan Capistrano, Tomas attends the mission school where, in addition to the catechism, he learns to read, write, and cipher - uncommon for the Indians in San Juan at the time.
Because Tomas assists the padres, he becomes aware of the world outside the small religious community. During his lifetime he experiences the rule of Spain, Mexico, and finally the United States. He survives drought, floods, plagues, the secularization of the mission property, and its return to the church. He also marries, raises two children, makes many friends, and provides assistance to the priests. He becomes co-owner of a mercantile. Although his story is rich with local history, it is, in the end, an engaging family saga with characters who come alive.
©2014 Larry K. Collins (P)2015 Lorna Collins
Yes, I would. At first, I was listening to the voice (s), but soon, I just enjoyed the story. This was my first audio book, and I will be using this media in the future.
When he lost his wife and son to the plague. I could feel his anguish and pain of losing them both.
the main character's voice was the most compelling, and it was hard to believe each character was spoken by the same person, some of the time.
The title is okay, and lets people know that the book is about someone talking about his life, from childhood to old man.
I sampled a few other audio books, but some of the voices weren't as good. A, W. Miller's voice is compelling to listen to. He kept in character throughout the book, and when he was talking in the other character's voices, it was easy to follow along. I will look for his other audio books in the future.
When Tomas met the new majordomo.
It would have to be Tomas due to his rich life experience.
The narrator added realism to the story.
loved the story, I grew up in San Juan Capistrano and I remember stories and history lessons about the Misson and other places in our very special town. Larry and Lorna did an amazing job of weaving a story and our history together! Thanks for the memories!
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