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  • Cuando Era Puertorriquena (Texto Completo) [When I was Puerto Rican ]

  • By: Esmeralda Santiago
  • Narrated by: Esmeralda Santiago
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

From a rippled zinc shack in rural Puerto Rico to "the better life" in a decaying Brooklyn tenement, Esmeralda Santiago's Puerto Rican childhood is one of sorcery, smoldering war between the sexes, and high comedy. Hers is a portrait of a harsh but enchanted world that can never be reclaimed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Lylye on 12-05-08

Puerto Rican goodness for the heart

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This book will fill you and warm your heart like a good "asopao de pollo". Santiago presents a Puerto Rico that is mostly forgotten by those of my generation yet the narratives she presents throughout her memoir seem terribly familiar. For those of us who have grown up in Puerto Rican homes, we know what a "cocotazo" is, or can relate to many of the old wive's tales presented throughout the book. Make sure to let Santiago's voice take you on a trip through 20th century Puerto Rico.

  • The Kitchen God's Wife

  • By: Amy Tan
  • Narrated by: Gwendoline Yeo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than 50 years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose all that has been concealed, when she decides to celebrate the Chinese New Year by unburdening herself of everybody's hidden truths - her own and Winnie's, as well as the dreadful news that Winnie's daughter, Pearl, has been keeping from her mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration unintentionally funny

  • By Morticia Addams on 10-29-16

Wonderful tear jerker

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

What a wonderful story. I tried to predict how the story would develop before I would read each chapter - most of the time I was wrong but how glad I was to be incorrect. Tan is such a wonderful story teller and I have found a story that made me cry just as much as The Jot Luck Club.