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Queen of America

By: Luis Alberto Urrea
Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
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Publisher's Summary

After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," flees with her father to Arizona. But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution. Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita embarks on a journey through turn-of-the-century industrial America-New York, San Francisco, St. Louis. She meets immigrants and tycoons, European royalty and Cuban poets, all waking to the new American century. And as she decides what her own role in this modern future will be, she must ask herself: can a saint fall in love?

At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, and riotously funny, Queen of America reconfirms Luis Alberto Urrea's status as a writer of the first rank.

©2011 Luis Alberto Urrea (P)2011 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

" Queen of America magically spins a vibrant, larger-than-life fiction based on the "Saint of Cabora." ( Vanity Fair)
"Enchanting...Fantastical...Urrea has stitched a seamless end to the saga." ( New York Times)
"Colorful [and] exuberant." ( Wall Street Journal)

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Urrea does it again

What did you love best about Queen of America?

I loved Urrea's narration. He is a funny and animated reader and of course since he wrote the book, all the little nuances are included in the reading. His love of his characters comes through in his voice.
The book itself is a description of a part of Mexico few know about. It's an important work to describe people that have been stereotyped. We see the real lives of real individuals. How people living in abject poverty still have dignity, generosity and determination.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was particularly moved when the struggling kids where rescued by a couple that lived in an abandoned dump. Funny delightful people that had next to nothing and yet were willing to share the little they had.

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Another Masterpiece by Luis Alberto Urrea

I recommend this book to everyone! Luis Alberto Urrea is a true artist with his words and storytelling. I read and reread his books, and they’re worth it!

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This is Best Way to Experience "Queen of America"

If you could sum up Queen of America in three words, what would they be?

Lyrical, passionate, transporting

What did you like best about this story?

The vividness and reality of what it would be like to be a saint or to live with one.

What does Luis Alberto Urrea bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The beautifully alive Spanish and the wry humor.

Who was the most memorable character of Queen of America and why?

Thomas, for his living life fully with all his flaws and his being a larger-than-life rogue that made me laugh, when I wasn't wanting to kick him.

Any additional comments?

No one in our book club made it through the entire book, read or audible.

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Not up to Par

Quite a disappointment in that this book didn't even come close to the level of THE HUMMINGBIRD'S DAUGHTER, neither in content or quality of writing.

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One of my favorite audibles ever

Both this and the Hummingbird’s Daughter. The prose is wonderfully descriptive, it is like a radio play where you can imagine everything. Such a unique story that weaves in both Mexican and US history of the turn of the century. The author’s voice draws you in and has a calming effect. I love the magical realism aspects and the wonderful characters.

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Not as good as the first book

Enjoyable but not as brilliant as The Hummingbird's Daughter. much less quirkiness and humour, less poignant. It would not have stood up as a story on it's own.

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A must yo read

Urrea transports the listener (reader) to the spiritual world with ease and the listener enjoys every single aspect of the unknown. He is able to bring together historical events, life realities (marriage, raising children, capitalism greed) by focusing on Teresa’s life experiences. I loved both books!

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Absolutely wonderful

I am 47 years old, and I have read all my life. I’ve always considered about 5 books my all-time favorites. And now QOA and The Hummingbirds Daughter are included on that very small list. I feel like I should have heard about these books a long time ago, but I am glad to know them now. FAVORITES❤️❤️

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A Different Perspective on a Saint's Life

What a wonderful imagination Dr.Urrea has to fill in the unknown elements of the life of a "saint." The historical research was also evident and the character development was excellent too. I liked everything about this story and the author's performance made it very entertaining. We never think about the impact on the lives of others that is made by someone famous and this fictionalized story gives us a very good idea on how things might have been at the turn of the century. This book was a wonderful sequel to the Hummingbird's Daughter. I recommend both books to anyone with even the slightest interest in Mexican culture or the southwestern Arizona culture.

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I loved it so much!

Tears rolled down my cheeks when it ended. I’ll miss Teresita. I love Urrea’s books, and genuinely adore how he narrates his beautiful stories.