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My Bloody Life

The Making of a Latin King
Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)
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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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.

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great story

I truly got into this book. i wish thr narrator had been someone more familiar with, at the minimum the actual names of shine of these streets. i am from this neighborhood and it killed me to hear, over and over ,the mispronounced streets and names of some of the characters. the narration could have made this book audible version more enjoyable. phenomenal story.

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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

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Great story for people from the hood<br />

I read this book when I was in my early twenties and decide to give it another go in my thirties. TBH it was still a good read but the narrator in this Audio book really takes you away from the immersion. Rudy Sanda was a bad choice for this sort of story that should have been read by someone who at least knows how to speak the proper accents for such a story. Also that fact that our main character goes most of his life blaming everybody but himself kind of makes you not feel sorry for him.

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loved it

finished it in 2 days raymundo speaks nothing but the truth and really makes you think about life

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Good book, but the reader wasn’t a good fit

Overall I enjoyed the book and story as it was laid out... But I found it very difficult and frustrating to continuously hear the reader butcher names and words in Spanish or Spanish slang...

If you are not a Spanish speaker or familiar with Spanish slang, you may not even realize it’s happening, but when you grew up in a similar neighborhood and life it’s hard to hear it so poorly done.

Unfortunately I have found this to be a trend from many Latino based Audible books. Either there are just not many fluent Spanish speaking readers available or there has just not been much attempt to hire them for these performances..

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entertaining but not totally believable

the book is supposed to be a true store, but in it he is admitting to murdering people so why is he not in jail. There is no statue of limitations on murder. Also he claims around the time he was 17 or 18 the gangs united to form the Peoples and Folks nation. He also tells a story around the same time that 2 latin king girls went on the Oprah show and talked about being latin kings. the problem is the Oprah show started in 1986 and the formation of the People and Folks nations was in 1978. But according to the book it happened with in the same two year time frame. Stuff like that throughout the book made it less than believable

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interesting view from the inside

I liked the story, felt compassion for the writer. As a person that grew around that life in the same area, I've seen a lot of this kinds of acts of violence, but never understood what someone like him was thinking and feeling while committing the crimes. The only thing that I didn't like was the person narrating the book, the way he pronounced the streets, the gang names and the accent used for when he was quoting the girls. I was expecting to hear the story from a Latino from Chicago, to hear the way we say Armitage and other streets and words and to hear someone speak Spanish parts the way he did just annoyed me.

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Liked the heart rending story, hated the narration. Were it not for the intriguing story I would have asked for my money back.... if you’re reading a story, make an effort to pronounce names as the ‘original’ would! HATED the way he pronounced the Spanish nick names!!

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Great

I don’t write many reviews I just really liked this book it really made time pass quickly it’s full of action and a good story with a great message