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Publisher's Summary

On May 14th, 2003, the familiar risk taken by hopeful immigrants illegally crossing the Mexican-American border into the United States took a tragic turn.

At least 74 illegal immigrants bound for Houston were crammed inside a sweltering truck trailer, which was found abandoned near Victoria, Texas. In the end, 19 individuals died. Bodies were found stacked upon each other, each human body slumped over the other in what was described as a "human heap of desperation".

At the root of this grisly tragedy is a 25-year-old Honduran born woman named Karla Chavez who after months of investigation was found to be the leader of the "human trafficking cell" responsible for the tragedy.

In a thorough narrative, Jorge Ramos dissects the events that lead so many people to enter into an agreement with coyote (human trafficker) after coyote, in what to the immigrants on that fateful day, was a faceless entity, and their only hope for work and a chance at a better life in the United States.

This audiobook is also available in English as Dying to Cross.
©2005 Jorge Ramos (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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Very Sad

Jorge Ramos is an amazing journalist. I applaud him for taking on this horrible event that happened May 2003. His book tells a story that unfortunately is all too common and happens very often. Its a sad story about hard working immigrants and the lengths they will go and the danger they risk to search for a better future for them and their families. Thank you audible for making this available in both english and spanish.

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Well-written documentary

I live in Houston TX, and I remember the stories of the deaths of the illegal aliens in the airtight van of an 18-wheeler. Ramos did a good job of investigating and writing this story. The reader did a good job of speaking clearly enough that I (a high school Spanish teacher) could understand. I listened to the whole story twice.

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Such a terribly sad immigrant story

This was not an easy listen. I knew the story from the news but wanted to know more. It was tough listening to the details. It was tough accepting that these human beings were treated horribly; no respect from any of the responsible for organizing the trip and participants,at one level or another, who followed the plan. I had to pause sometimes just to recover and not cry. I like and respect Jorge Ramos but I didn’t really enjoy the narration. Perhaps he could have narrated with one or two other people. It was hard to follow sometimes the different stories because of the same voice and the fast paced narration. A couple of narrators may have made it easier to follow the many different stories. Perhaps it would not have felt, sometimes, like I was “watching” a news report. I will eventually listen to it again.

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Good documentary

This was an excellent documentary. Jorge Ramos narrative was very overwhelming and professional as a news documentary.