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THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Christine Avila, Ozzie Rodriguez, Yareli Arizmendi, Gustavo Res, Gabriel Romero, Jesse Corti

Fiction • 9.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2014

This captivating story of America's "simultaneously conspicuous and invisible" population is powerfully rendered by an ensemble of narrators representing voices from all over Latin America. Like families before them, the Riveras immigrate to the U.S. in search of a better life for their daughter, Maribel. Though Maribel is the catalyst, it is Alma, her mother, and Mayor, her friend, who lure listeners in during alternating chapters. Their voices shift with emotion as the narrators deftly use pitch and pacing to maintain an intimate atmosphere amid the shifting perspectives. Periodically, new voices and new accents claim a chapter to share their own immigrant experiences. Each is captured with sensitivity, lending an immediacy to the story and providing a larger context to the Riveras's experience. A.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2014]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2014

CD ISBN 9780804191425 $40.00 • Eight CDs

DD ISBN 9780804191432 $20.00

 

Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2014

CD ISBN 9780904191449 $40.00 • Eight CDs

DD ISBN 9780804191456 $76.00

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