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  • A Dream Called Home

  • By: Reyna Grande
  • Narrated by: Yareli Arizmendi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

When Reyna Grande was nine years old, she walked across the US-Mexico border in search of a home, desperate to be reunited with the parents who had left her behind years before for a better life in the City of Angels. What she found instead was an indifferent mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage. With so few resources at her disposal, Reyna finds refuge in words, and it is her love of reading and writing that propels her to rise above until she achieves the impossible and is accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Carolyn on 10-17-18

Loved everything about the book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I enjoyed the narration of this book much more than "The Distance Between Us." The narration made the book come to life. I am a true fan of Reyna Grande and can not wait to read or listen to her other work.

  • The Distance Between Us

  • A Memoir
  • By: Reyna Grande
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

When Reyna Grande’s father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) with enough money to build them a dream house where they can all live together. His promises become harder to believe as months turn into years. When he summons his wife to join him, Reyna and her siblings are deposited in the already overburdened household of their stern, unsmiling grandmother.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - Culturally INCOMPETENT Reading

  • By Amazon on 12-22-15

Great book but I didn't enjoy the narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I found the story to be powerful and moving. It is a true master piece of migration to the U.S. for a better life and what one must sacrifice to achieve the American dream. However, I found it hard to listen to. The narrator didn't pronounce Spanish words correctly and being of Latin decent myself, I cringed when words weren't pronounced correctly.