A Ballad of Love and Glory: A Novel Audiobook, by Reyna Grande Play Audiobook Sample

A Ballad of Love and Glory: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Yareli Arizmendi, Aidan Kelly Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781797136646

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Longest Chapter Length:

39:13 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

05 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

16:36 minutes

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Publisher Description

A Long Petal of the Sea meets Cold Mountain in this sweeping historical saga following a Mexican army nurse and an Irish soldier who must fight, at first for their survival and then for their love, amidst the atrocity of the Mexican-American War—from the author of the “timely and riveting” (People) Across a Hundred Mountains and The Distance Between Us.

The life of Ximena, a gifted Mexican healer, is tragically upended in the spring of 1846 when the United States Army marches south to the Río Grande, provoking an unjust war with México. After her husband is killed by Texas Rangers, Ximena leaves her beloved ranch to serve her country’s cause, traveling as an army nurse from battlefield to battlefield.

Meanwhile, John Riley, an Irish immigrant in the US Army, has grown disillusioned by the brutal treatment of his fellow Irishmen at the hands of nativist officers. Risking death for desertion, he swims across the Río Grande to join the Mexican Army and lead the Saint Patrick’s Battalion, a company of American deserters determined to defend México against the northern invaders.

As the war intensifies, Ximena and John are drawn inexorably to each other but face an uncertain future together. Reyna Grande’s spellbinding tale, peopled by bold unforgettable characters and inspired by actual events, explores the conflicting meanings of courage, love and loyalty, while illuminating an unsung moment in history that continues to impact the US-México border to this day.

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“Narrator Yareli Arizmendl tells this grim story of the American invasion of Mexico with conviction and subtle elegance. Her co-narrator, Aidan Kelly, uses his manly seductive voice to portray both romantic interludes and the grisly details of American barbarism…Although it’s fiction, this is a revisionist look at a woeful chapter of US history.”

— AudioFile 


  • “An impeccably researched and deeply felt story about a historical moment most people know little about.”

    — San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Lives up to its title as it pays tribute to the heroism of everyday people called upon to defend their honor as well as their lives.”

    — BookPage
  • “A Ballad of Love and Glory astonishes with its passion and historical precision. A simply mesmerizing and unforgettable novel.”

    — Patricia Engel, New York Times bestselling author

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About Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a young girl, she crossed the US–Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in The Distance between Us, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Visit ReynaGrande.com for more information.

About the Narrators

Iva-Marie Palmer is the author of The Summers and The End of the World as We Know It. She grew up in Chicago’s south suburbs and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Aidan Kelly is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a Dublin and London-based actor with extensive stage, film, television, and radio experience. He has appeared as Tom in the Druid Theatre’s production of The Good Father, directed by Garry Hynes for the Galway Arts Festival. He won the Irish Sunday Tribune Award for his performances in Howie the Rookie and Comedians.