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Publisher's Summary

Victor Villaseñor creates a powerful, moving protrait of his father's family - the Villaseñors - who in their courage and love of life represent the whole passionate history of Mexico.

An epic portrait of Mexico is painted as this spellbinding story of madness and miracles, rage and redemption, unfolds.

Margarita...wild of heart and powerful in her earthborn mystery is the indomitable Indian matriarch who guards her family and conquers her enemies with the cutting edge of unconditional love - and a touch of magic. As a young woman, she was swept away by Juan Jesus Villaseñor, a powerful arrogant man who carried the blood of Spanish royalty in his veins - and who, unarmed, once wrestled with the great serpent that held his village hostage - and won.

Together, Don Juan and Dona Margarita would create a dynasty on the eve of the Mexican Revolution. Their daughters...Emilia and Luisa, beautiful, sensuous, mysterious, who find courage and endurance in their mother's faith, and searing, explosive passion amid the turmoil of war. Their sons...Jose, who becomes a legendary horseman and a hero of the revolution. And Juan, the youngest, Victor Villaseñor's father, through whose eyes this brilliant, tumultuous saga unfolds.

©1997 Victor Villasenor; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"His characters and the events they live through are so outrageous that familiar stereotypes dissolve in their wake and magnetic individuals come to life, taking both the good and the bad as givens, supported by fierce love of the earth, their families, God and, above all, la vida." (Publishers Weekly)

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Loved the story and narrator

I personally like the narrator and sometimes he was actually funny. Great story and wish Victor had more audio books available.

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Great story, bad accent

The story was great. The accent of the narrator not so much. It was good until he had to say words in spanish.

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Forced Mexican (Spanish) accent didn't work

I am a big fan of Victor Villasenor's work. The narrator made an attempt to sound as though he had a "Mexican" accent, but just wasn't convincing, at times making the rich characters sound ridiculous. This was my first audio book which was a totally different experience. I'm willing to try it again.

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wish narrator spoke Spanish, translation not good

Great story, Villaseñor is one of my favorite authors. I did not like the narration. Wish he would have spoken Spanish.

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working hard

So very happy to be able to hear this second book as I work...I actually read the first story at about 17 yrs old and now I'm pushing 40...was a a great listen!I wish I could listen to the first book.

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Great story>narration okay

I am an avid fan of Mr. Villasenor and so looked forward to listening to this. The story line was funny, interesting, and easy to follow. However, the narrator could not say words correctly in Spanish and mangled too many words that it took away from the story. I quit after chapter two and got a refund. Its unfortunate that we cannot get competent narrators who speak fluent Spanish on here!

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amazing!!! i was pulled into the story

wow. everyone should hear this story. I just wish rain of gold was also Audible

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amazing

Perhaps the best narrator yet. He made the story even more enthralling. Beautifully written storu.

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amazingly

I live this writter. makes me feel like I'm listening to stories of my family

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Entertaining

I enjoyed this book, and the narrator was fabulous. Living in New Mexico I have a close association with the Mexican culture, and this book captured the deep belief in God, and the love of family that is inherent in the people. The story is not just about the family and it's trials, but about the classic struggle of political power, that destroys and unravels the way of life of the people.