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My Bloody Life Audiobook

My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King

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Publisher's Summary

Looking for an escape from childhood abuse, Reymundo Sanchez turned away from school and baseball to drugs, alcohol, and then sex and was left to fend for himself before age 14. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became his refuge and his world, but its violence cost him friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly his life. This is a raw and powerful odyssey through the ranks of the new Mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs are members of your own gang, who in one breath will say they'll die for you and in the next will order your assassination.

Contains mature themes.

©2000 Reymundo Sanchez (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“A slow-motion riot of drugs, sex, and gunplay." (Publishers Weekly)

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    A dad 02-17-17
    A dad 02-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I keep mulling it over and what it means"

    Couldn't stop listening to it once I started and now can't get it out of my mind. Lots of violence, sex and drugs - and teenagers dying.

    I guess this is what it's like in Chicago if you're a kid who doesn't really belong anywhere and there's a park in walking distance. Wow, there's a whole life waiting for you at the park if you're young and can be fearless in the right situations.

    I'm glad the author gave an account of his life over a period of years so I could see that once one is essentially used up by the gang, they don't need you anymore. Replacements are on the way; you're fully expendable.

    It's real life but at a much, much faster pace. Maybe that's why it won't leave my mind yet, because I'm still trying to integrate what I learned with what I already thought I knew. And I'm doing what probably any listener would do, which is to try to conjure up a way for society or government or somebody to provide some better options than what the gangs provide.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro Jimenez 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great"

    Very good book, read a while ago but listening to it is like a movie in your head. They need to narrate the the sequel, Once a King Always a King

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Great great book"

    Love this book love it so much, it's sad tho I still love it.

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    Amazon Customer 07-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enlightened."

    Very powerful scenes were played out in this read. I felt as if I could have been standing on the sidelines watching this young mans life unfold.
    I lived in Chicago for about 4 yrs and am familiar with the sounds of shootings. Being robbed walking home, but I also remember the beauty chi town has to offer. I felt both were captured correctly and coherently in the authors words.
    I am going to agree, this should be a required read for jr high kids. Especially inner city students who are susceptible to influence, who are growing up abused in horrific ways, and who think this life style is not with out heavy consequences.
    My only let down was not knowing his life afterwards. Not an epilogue of sorts, but another chapter in what may have come his way after life without his gang family.

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    Jordan 07-16-17
    Jordan 07-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing Story!"
    Would you listen to My Bloody Life again? Why?

    Absolutely, it is an amazing story about real life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed how the author did a great job of telling his story by being honest with the bad, ugly and horrible.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rudy Sanda?

    Yes. I would not be happy about it, his voice is nice but he mispronounced a lot of the street names and spanish words.


    If you could give My Bloody Life a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Making A King


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to listen to Once A King Always A King and Lady Q

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    07-09-17
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    "great story the narrator was terrible IMO"

    it was a great story, but the narrator was terrible. mispronounced and misread a lot of the Spanish words. but the story was great.

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    Danni 06-16-17
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    "Remarkable"

    Loved this sad yet gripping story. Enlightened now and determined... to somehow help. Even if it's to just pass this story on.

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    "good book"

    kept my interest through out the book, interesting story, I recommend to anyone interested in this genre.

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    Stephen M. Nembhard 05-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Should be required reading for inner city adolescents"

    This book should be required reading for all inner city adolescents. It details the circumstances that lead young people to join gangs and the realities of gang life. It is not a celebratory or judgmental account; it is cautionary and honest. Reymundo fearlessly recounts the trauma he has endured as well as the trauma he has inflicted on others. Things that many of us may have experienced but would not have the courage to disclose to our closest friends or family members. Through Reymundo's journey the audience is able to see the humanity not only in victims of violence but also in the victimizers.
    The performance is mostly good. the narrator does not interfere with the emersion experience however mispernounces certain Puerto Rican dialect Spanish words.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 06-27-17
    Amazon Customer LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 06-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "a white man reading a hispanic mans story? wtf"

    a white man reading Hispanic mans story wtf. not a good idea. enjoyed the story but that's it

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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