Into the Beautiful North

A Novel
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Publisher's Summary

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US to find work. Recently it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact there are almost no men in the village - they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men - her own "Siete Magníficos" - to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.

©2009 Luis Alberto Urrea (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Needs a better reader

This novel is amazing for the time period it was written in. The audible reading, however, needs someone who is fluent in Spanish. I ended up buying the kindle version so that I could follow along.

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I wasn't feeling the reader.

Are we short on Bilingual readers?
I love LAU's work but the reader almost made it hurt to listen to. But thank you all for what you do.

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Errors

There were quire a few errors, especially in the Epilogue, between the book and the audio. Instead of the word "hibiscus" from the book, "Jamaica" was substituted and this is just a minor example. Also, the reader definitely does not know Spanish or not well enough. The book itself is great, but this audio should be redone.

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Good story but narrator mispronounces Spanish words.

Loved the story, but I wish they would have gotten a narrator who speaks Spanish or at least pronounced the Spanish words correctly.

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Terrrible Spanish pronunciation!

So bad it was distracting. I found the story intriguing but felt having a non-Spanish speaker read it was an insult to writer and readers alike.

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Beautiful and captivating story , relevant

Beautiful story, full of colorful characters and delightful episodes. Written almost 20 years ago. Informative to our current situation

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Mexico revealed

Good read explains some things about immigrants and their problems in Mexico. worth more discussion

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Good book

Good book lots of insight in to the Experience of crossing the border into the US.

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Unique heroes and a fantasy given realism.

A wonderful and unique story, but a basic fantasy given a life. Truly a feel good yarn. Credible characters of great natures, from junk yard boys, pristinely clean Catholic school girls coming of age, border agents tired of excessive power, sneaky bastards and aged heroes who raised the school girls on a mission to retrieve men who immigrated to the USA. Wonderful travels, a fresh and colorful eye, a bit poorly pruned in its start but started at a good place, and abruptly ended leaving a want, but a good want and a good place to end. Worth reading second time, and worth sharing. The reader gets better and better as the story progresses, as the character emerge. Just a darling of a Novel.