• Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata

  • The Lives and Legacies of Mexico’s Most Famous Revolutionaries
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata

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Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
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“Pancho Villa,” people whispered at the beginning of the 20th century, "can march 100 miles without stopping, live 100 days without food, go 100 nights without sleep, and kill 100 men without remorse." The legend of Francisco Villa is full of heroism, tragedy and romance. It is the story of a poor farmer boy who became a bandit out of necessity, after avenging an injustice on his family; a military genius who flew from an oppressive government to lead the largest revolutionary army in his country's history, and defeated dictatorship to become Mexico´s liberator, only to fall again in disgrace when his troops abandoned him or were massacred by the enemy. Pancho Villa and his cavalry, Mexicans point out with a certain amount of pride, invaded the United States, and although they came and tried to capture him, they never found him. This is, at least, the version that most of them know, but it's certainly not the same as in their textbooks. The story of Francisco Villa bypassed official censorship from generation to generation, like leaves sailing at full speed on the surface of a stream.

But the historical reconstruction is full of nuances. Was he a freedom fighter, or a bandit? Was he a Mexican Robin Hood, or a thief and a murderer? Was he present when his troops invaded U.S. territory? Was the advance of his famous "Dorados" (the “golden ones,” the name of his troops) the cause for joy, or terror among the people as they passed the countryside towards Mexico City? Pancho Villa´s personality has been controversial since the very beginning of his career as a General of the revolutionary army.

A little more than 100 years ago a Mexican peasant named Emiliano Zapata gathered a rural army from the plantations and villages of southern Mexico, seized the lands of the haciendas, and began to distribute them among the peasants of Anenecuilco, his hometown, in the state of Morelos. Outraged and impatient with the ceaseless destitution of the indigenous peoples at the hands of the landowners, he had decided to take justice in his hands. His flag was Liberty and Justice, the exact opposites of the two burdens that had tyrannized the rural population: work in semi-slavery conditions and immense inequality.

Zapata, who in a few years assembled a popular army of 25,000, was a unique case in the history of Mexico. His country's past had consisted of opportunist generals revolting against the government seeking not to make justice, but to seize power. Conversely, Zapata was not interested in politics or power plays, except in their most practical and immediate form: to distribute land among the peasants; to allow them to work in peace; and to defend their gains by force of arms.

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An Offensive Narration

What did you like best about Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata? What did you like least?

This is a fine introduction for someone who doesn't know much about either figure, about what you'd expect from a 100-page overview of two complex figures in an even more complex time.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dan Gallagher’s performances?

No. Although Gallagher's reading is clear and steady, his pronunciation is horrible, bordering on offensive. His reading of the Spanish is so bad that at points I found myself not understanding a word even though I already knew what it should be (because I know the history). Really, how hard can it be to find someone who can pronounce Spanish correctly?! Also, there are several English words - "iconography," to offer just one example - that Gallagher mis-pronounces in a way that made me wonder at first whether this was a live voice or an automated reading (like Siri). Worst of all, however, is Gallagher's portrayal of the voices of Villa and Zapata (i.e. when he is reading them in their own words). There he feels the need to adopt a guttural "Mexican" accent that is so bad it reminds me of a 1960s cinematic portrayal of a Mexican (or Chinese) figure by a racist white guy: an exaggerated caricature full of stereotypes. (Remember the Chinese landlord in Breakfast at Tiffany's? Yeah, almost like that.)

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Terrible book. Mispronounciations Abound

This book or the reading of this book is full of factual errors and mispronounciations. It is clear that all those involved have no real interest in Zapata nor Villa. One of the worst books I've heard on audible.

Terrible. Don't buy this.

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Horrible Reading Rendition!

The book is well written, however the reading rendition was atrocious! The enunciation of the character names and locations were rendered horribly and at times incorrectly by the lecturer! I tried listening but I could not take any more of the awful rendition!

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disgraceful retelling

The awful attempt at an "accent", whilst butchering the beautiful Spanish language, left me flabbergasted. I could not continue listening when they were butchering the very namesakes of the book. just awful reading.

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Good book. Silly reading.

I dont know why the narrator tried to take on a Mexican accent. That was silly and distracting.

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Embarrassing Narration

The WORST book narration I’ve heard in my 30 years of life!!!
Dan Gallagher should have never taken this narration job if he didn’t even know how to pronounce the words in the book. Honestly the story was great and interesting, but because of the HORRIBLE NARRATION I had to stop and end the book because Dan was butchering the legacy of my proud Mexican roots. I just don’t understand how this narration was approved by anyone who knows that Dan Gallagher was doing the WORST pronunciations?!?!

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Good history

Very interesting and well researched history. Mexican history is very much neglected in US schooling.

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  • Craig Wallace
  • 07-17-20

OK for an introduction.

The book was ok, I guess I had expected more detail on their lives. Seemed to me to be a quick skim through. Basically just reinforced things I knew already. If it’s your first look at these two guys then it’s probably a good starter.