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The Devil's Highway: A True Story | [Luis Alberto Urrea]

The Devil's Highway: A True Story

The author of Across the Wire offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out.
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Publisher's Summary

The author of Across the Wire offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out.

©2004 Luis Alberto Urrea (P)2011 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"Superb... Nothing less than a saga on the scale of the Exodus and an ordeal as heartbreaking as the Passion.... The book comes vividly alive with a richness of language and a mastery of narrative detail that only the most gifted of writers are able to achieve. (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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    Arthur Southlake, TX, United States 10-29-12
    Arthur Southlake, TX, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not that great"

    I live in an area that has alot of illegal aliens so thier stories always intrigue me. The upside to this book is you learn alot about where they come from and the conditions they left. The most interesting part is the description of how illegals are approached by a "broker" who ultimately gets them to the border. That whole process was interesting.

    Overall, the story drug out too long. It seemed as if they were lost in the desert forever but the description of the experience seemed the same - just repeated over and over.

    The least enjoyable part was the performance. The pentameter of the speech was very jerky to me.

    This isnt the worst book i've listened to but I just did not enjoy the experience of it as much as some others might.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Lyter Kempton, PA 10-19-12
    L. Lyter Kempton, PA 10-19-12 Member Since 2010

    Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.

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    "Part Death Physiology, Part Tragic Poem"

    Very graphic and not for everyone. Occasionally I'd have to switch the iPod to lighter listening, only to find it insipid, long for this horribly graphic, incredibly sad story and switch it back again.

    This is one of many tragedies of 2001 that was totally eclipsed and further complicated by 9/11.

    There is an interactive map and a few photos if you google the book title, as well as a National Geographic article available on the internet about one of the wildlife areas mentioned that I found to be excellent companions to this book. I wish this type of material was included as a PDF download in more audiobooks that have so much to do with a place.

    There is also an afterward, consisting of an interview with the author and acknowledgements that gave additional context after the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Prisciliano Round Rock, TX, United States 09-12-12
    Prisciliano Round Rock, TX, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazingly Disturbing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would definitely recommend this book. However, I would only recommend this book to a select group of readers who have an open mind and are searching for something a little different. I'm not too sure why I initially selected this particular download as it wouldn't have been my initial preference, but I had a surplus of credits. I'm so glad I picked this book. I am now googling the author, reading his interviews with Bill Moyers and now I'm hooked.


    What other book might you compare The Devil's Highway to and why?

    It's a haunting and harrowing read, much like Cormac Mccarthy's The Road. It's dark, gloomy, and in your face. While many readers get turned off with the grotesque details, I feel leaving out those details discounts the plight of the walkers and La Migra.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were no favorite scenes, but I wish the author would have invested more time in doing more follow up research on the dead walkers, the survivors and the Border Patrol agents who played a role in the rescue efforts.


    If you could give The Devil's Highway a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The Road to Perdition


    Any additional comments?

    Urrea's narration of his book was pure genius. His tone, pitch, mood, and command of the story was flawless. I stopped myself on several occasions fast forwarding to the key moments of despair due to the anxiety the was building inside of me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Bisbee, AZ, United States 11-23-11
    Kyle Bisbee, AZ, United States 11-23-11
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    "Truly fantastic!"

    I am using this book in a chicana/o literature program and it is by far my favorite book on the list. The author does a great job of narrating the story. This book is incredibly important, very well written, and a great listen. In spite of dealing with a horrible event, an event that is rendered with such a visceral realism that you feel you are dying in the dessert, it is still a well told, often funny, narrative. The story encompasses the complete experience of this boarder event and the people it involves. In fact, the empathy of the author for all who become involved is phenomenal. You get to know everyone in a very firsthand way: the boarder patrol, the immigrants, and the coyote. It is such an accomplishment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Waterloo, IL, United States 10-04-13
    Joshua Waterloo, IL, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "slow at the beginning"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. Very frustrating at times the beginning is half Spanish.


    What three words best describe Luis Alberto Urrea’s performance?

    Probably wont listen to another again


    Was The Devil's Highway worth the listening time?

    Yeah I guess so


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Åsa LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-29-12
    Åsa LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't grip!"

    I just could not get into it. I felt bad. I really thought I would like it. It is such an important story. It was all over the place and the narrator sounded like he was reading the phone book. He did not help in making it interesting.

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    Sylvia Russell, KS, United States 10-29-12
    Sylvia Russell, KS, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "EXCELLENT story."
    If you could sum up The Devil's Highway in three words, what would they be?

    Invaluable to Everyone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book was moving from the viewpoint of the illegal immigrants as well as the border patrols.


    Any additional comments?

    Sheds light on illegal immigrants that was invaluable to every American.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter EL PASO, TX, United States 10-29-12
    Peter EL PASO, TX, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great work"
    If you could sum up The Devil's Highway in three words, what would they be?

    wonderful sad story


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    detail and thoroughness


    Any additional comments?

    Great work and performance of a very sad situatiion in our world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie bend, OR, United States 09-30-12
    Maggie bend, OR, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "An important read"

    Excellent background well presented. A view of immigration without taking sides that is important to us all and food for thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd J. Fort Davis, TX USA 09-17-12
    Todd J. Fort Davis, TX USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Should be required reading for all citizens"

    If you don't live along the borderlands your view of illegal immigration are likely formed by whichever flavor of media you consume. That view is probably incomplete. Luis Urrea is without a doubt one of our best living writers and when he turns his focus to this non-fiction account of one group's harrowing journey across the Arizona border it is riveting. This is no political diatribe although you may close this book with your political views altered, or reinforced. If you've never read Urrea's books you're in for a treat - his compassion, humanity and humor even, are ever present. And his narration is perhaps the best author-read Audibles I've encountered. Oddly enough, as tragic as this story is I wouldn't call it a "downer" to experience - another credit to Urrea. Don't hesitate, just click "Add to Cart" right now.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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