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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudolfo Anaya Narrator: Robert Ramirez Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9781436101820
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The warm and vital classic of spirituality and love. Ultima, a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic, comes to Antonio Marez's New Mexico family when he is six years old. Over the years, she helps him discover himself in the magical secrets Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/17/2014

    " I read this book years ago, and don't remember every detail of the plot, but I do remember that I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 2/10/2014

    " One of those books I could easily see becoming a 5-star rating upon re-reading. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Anaya's vision of spirituality is mesmerizing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 2/9/2014

    " This book had a lot of potential considering my affinity for Latin American themes, and there were aspects of it I enjoyed, but on the whole I found it trying. I just never got over the main supposition which is that a seven year old spends all his time contemplating HUGE picture questions such as the nature of God and sin the injustice of the world. It was just so incredibly serious the whole way through. It seemed so unbelievable to me that I couldn't really sink into the message. Had the main character been different the whole thing would have rung more true to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/1/2014

    " This is perhaps one of my favorite books of all time!!! I read the spanish version and the words really brought me to their life and times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/31/2014

    " Bless Me, Ultima is beautifully written and told, but I didn't "like" the story. I think part of my resistance is that I grew up in a Mexican Protestant family, which isn't very common. My mother is from Jalisco, Mexico, and her mother's side of the family were never Catholic and were very opposed to things that appeared to be "ceremonial." I could just imagine my mother reading over my shoulder with wide eyes because the story is about a curandera and her influence on a young Catholic boy...Catholicism and brujeria, oh my! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms. Luker | 1/26/2014

    " I have had several students recommend this book to me, and I am glad that I finally read it! There are so many different pieces of this novel that students can relate to while being genuinely engaged with the characters and dialogue. Because of the many strengths of this story, I am now going to teach it in AP Lit! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Rodriguez-alicea | 1/26/2014

    " Brought back so many memories of stories shared by my parents. Such a great read leaves me wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashleigh | 1/22/2014

    " Very quick read. If you don't like Marquez, don't read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justina Johnson | 1/20/2014

    " I'm half way through it and it is as amazing and inspiring as I was told it would be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/9/2014

    " This was one of my favorite books. I read this for an English clas sin high school. Our teacher wanted us to read books that were "outside the box"... books about our culture. I truly thanked her (in my mind) for choosing this book. It was an inspirational book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mishti Sharma | 12/28/2013

    " A breath of fresh air! I've never read a book like this before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 12/3/2013

    " After seeing the movie I re-read Ultima and found it at least as good as my first read years ago. One of my all time favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Wahlquist | 11/25/2013

    " Beautiful writing, interesting cultural insights. I actually really enjoyed this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Espee | 8/30/2013

    " Absolutely love this book! It's a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alaf | 8/26/2013

    " Incredible story of a young boy and his grandmother who is a Curandera(healer) and the perspective she brings to his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inga | 7/23/2013

    " Modern Hispanic folklore and Magic-realism at its best. Met Anaya in Albuquerque a few years back. Buena gente, indeed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Rapp | 2/26/2013

    " This is my favorite of Anaya's books. I love the mixture of cultures and spiritualities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dd Penners | 1/27/2013

    " Enjoyed this very NM story about cuaranderas (women healers). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Perlinda Shelton | 10/9/2012

    " I really loved this book. It was clear that this was a New Mexican author who had clear understanding of the culture and shared what his life may have been like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa Crudele | 6/22/2012

    " Amazing example of latin american literaute, the magic and magical realism elements were beautifully woven into this heavy plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KJ Luepke | 5/28/2012

    " Great book! I had to get into the rhythm of the book but once I did I really liked it. VERY good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy | 5/25/2012

    " I read this book in high school and I'm reading it again now that someone gave me a copy as a gift. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toby | 1/15/2012

    " Our selection for the 2010 Big Read initiative, I enjoyed reading this universal coming-of-age story set in the culturally specific Mexican-American community in 1940's New Mexico. Lovely language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 8/23/2011

    " Wow, crazy -- I randomly had an urge to look for this book at the library to read again after many years and finished it yesterday. Discovered today that the movie is coming out tomorrow. Had no idea! Love the magic entwined in Anaya's writing. Can't wait to see the movie now, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 6/7/2011

    " Not my cup of tea. Beautifully written, but there was too much folklore and family angst for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/19/2011

    " I really like magical realism. This book was so vibrant and passionate, just like the culture it comes from. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pudds | 5/19/2011

    " Once again, here is a book that is beautiful to read because of the author's incredible ability with language. And yet, in the end, it left me empty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jalilah | 5/6/2011

    " One of my all time favourites I have read Bless me Ultima many times and will read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 5/1/2011

    " love this I re-read it at least yearly Being Hispanic it reminds me of my cultural roots "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stormy | 4/25/2011

    " A good allegorical story that is set in post-WWII New Mexico. It involves growing up, family, changing lives, magic, superstition, religion, danger and bravery. I can see why it's so popular. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niki | 4/21/2011

    " A great mix of Paganism and Catholicism and a boy's conflict between them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salimah | 4/3/2011

    " One of the most detailed novels I have ever read. I'm glad Ultima is titled as a classic and hope all schools one day adopt it into their English curriculums. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabella | 3/31/2011

    " When I first started reading the book I was really liking it. I felt I was actually getting a sense of what Tony's life was like. But then near the end the author just went on and on about random stuff, so it seemed he didn't know what to write and it led me off track. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 3/21/2011

    " I read this in high school, but didn't absorb much at the time. Beautiful and ethereal. A little fable-y but I can forgive that for the great storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/18/2011

    " Found myself lost in their world. Really enjoyed this read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda | 3/16/2011

    " I love this book.Anaya is the master of magic realism. "

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About the Narrator

Robert Ramirez came to audiobook narration fresh from his MFA in classical theater. Initially answering a casting call for a narrator who spoke Spanish, Robert has used his Mexican-American background to imbue authentic flavor and dialogue in audio titles. His success with six young adult novels by Gary Soto has gotten our attention, including Taking Sides and Buried Onion. His powerful command of language and rich voice reflect his interest in dialects. In his recent performance of Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, a modern fable of “Beauty and the Beast” set in Persia, Robert jumped at the chance to add Farsi and Arabic to his repertoire. We hope to hear Robert in different audiobook venues in coming months.