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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Missing Chapter 8 and Epilogue!

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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  • Abigail
  • Pennington, NJ, United States
  • 02-09-13

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Eye opener

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Trash

Listened to this all in one sitting, had alot of filler content and i did not empathize much, i feel like this story was executed very poorly

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • RB
  • 01-05-15

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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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 06-27-10

Child Immigration

Sonia Nazarino is a journalist who has tackled the issue of children of illegal immigrants traveling to the US to find their parents. At the outset, she details her methodology. She chooses one boy (Enrique) and reports about his multiple attempts to reach the US and his mother. To get the full story, she retraces his journeys - riding the trains, risking life and limb, and interviewing everyone she can in every town.

The result is a narrative following the life of Entrique and a journalist's report of what is happening as children seek to reach the US alone.

This is a book about illegal immigration that needs to be told. It is well written and the narration of Catherine Byers is excellent. Some may think the book is overly dramatic and that may be true. On the other hand, how can one relate the extreme conditions experienced by these children and not be somewhat dramatic?

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Brilliant

I struggled to finish this book because of how it relates to my own family who migrated from Mexico for a better life. Very emotional for me. Amazing coverage if the poverty and hardships lived in South America.