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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (587 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Soto Narrator: Robert Ramirez Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN:
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You can pray and sometimes God listens, says 19-year-old Eddie. Other times he's far away in India or Africa or maybe close to home in Fresno, his body sprawled on the floor, glass all around because of a drive-by.

All Eddie wants is to find a way out of the dangerous life he's living, where his friends are lost in a world of drugs and violence. Even his aunt wants to give him a gun so he can avenge the death of her son. But no matter how hard he works, Eddie can't seem to pull himself away from the sweltering sadness of the city. It's as if giant onions had been buried beneath him, Eddie thinks, releasing shimmering vapors off the black asphalt all around.

Gary Soto, the award-winning author of Jesse, presents a tough, relentless look at a life spiraling out of control. Narrator Robert Ramirez voices all the grim failure of the American dream.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Diaz | 2/17/2014

    " This is a great book about a young Mexican American boy who grows up in a society filled with criminals, gangsters, and other challenges. This young boy learns to work and try to make an honest living, but it isn't really such an easy thing to do in his society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George Rico | 2/14/2014

    " This book gets 4 stars because it talks about a boy named Eddie it talks about Eddies identedy which explains most of his problems.You should rally read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hina | 2/14/2014

    " Eddie always smells the scent of onions in the air--the sharp bitter odor of hopelessness and anger that haunts the poor side of Fresno. After his cousin is killed, his aunt urges him to seek out and punish the murderer. To avoid the pressure building in his neighborhood, Eddie takes a landscaping job in an affluent suburb. But this too goes awry when his boss's truck is stolen while in his care. In the end, with his money gone and a dangerous gang member stalking him, Eddie's only choice is to join the military and hope that they can give him a better future than the one Fresno seems to offer. He doesn't know what to do after that since the chances of him catching the murderer have dramatically decreased, and he hopes to find a better way of life for himself. He tries to find a new beginning for himself and start over. He tries to forget the past and start over. His tries for himself to start over are ambitious, as he learns how harsh life can really make things when situations are already very bad, and are beginning to seem as if they were getting worse. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenn | 2/14/2014

    " I read this book my junior year in HS with a student teacher. It was the most awful book I had probably EVER read. I would suggest you do NOT read this book if you want to keep your sanity "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/11/2014

    " Another book I read with my 10th graders who can't read. I was actually impressed with the extra layer of depth Soto was able to weave into this book. While the story is usual stock ghetto tales, there is decent symbolism and elements which can be analyzed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/21/2014

    " Two of the girls at school showed me a book they were reading in AP English: Gary Soto's Buried Onions. A short phone call up to the English Department and someone brought me down a copy, which I read between the end of Sixth Period and the beginning of Tenth Period. It's about a 19-year-old Mexican-American man who wants to get away from the nighborhood, and all the violence, he grew up with. It was a great quick read, with very well-drawn characters, and I don't understand why tne girls who showed it to me felt it was slow and boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zenshorts | 1/20/2014

    " This book was really boring and took forever to pick up and start. This was one of the most boring Gary Soto Books I have read.I would not recomend this book to anybody that is not a die hard Gary Soto fan, my personal opinion is to skip it. My 6th grade teacher Ms. Shafton recomened this book to me after reading Living Up The Street ut loud in class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvette Adams | 1/12/2014

    " Great read for experienced young readers but also talks about violence and gangs of Latin American inner city. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/1/2014

    " He is a much better poet than novelist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 12/23/2013

    " A day (actually a few weeks) in the life of a homeboy who tries to escape the stereotype. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 12/22/2013

    " Soto writes with an excellent, poetic style. Great characters (but, seriously, that kid on the trike was a bitch). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/15/2013

    " Cool story about a troubled, but sincere and earnest teenager struggling to grow up and do the right thing while those around him do wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ☠ Tiger Lady II ☠| 12/13/2013

    " It was okay.. for a book club book. Pretty much all that happened was gang fights. And people swaering. More fights. not much to it, really... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlos Aguilera | 12/7/2013

    " Eddie is the main character. He has alot of conflicts. He lives in Fresno,California. He has suffer in the past. Now he is trying to find out who killed his cousin. He has to try not to get killed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ade | 11/25/2013

    " this book was very good and its about some what life is for us right now "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 10/31/2013

    " Buried Onions was a slow read. Character development was a big feature dealing with Latinos and gangs. A little depressing with a glimmer of hope at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 10/17/2013

    " You learn the story of a young teenage boy as he struggles to get a life away from the gangs and violence of LA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/28/2012

    " Great book about a boy from the barrio who has to get out of his neighborhood, or he will die along with the others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LAdy Sm!l3z | 12/25/2011

    " its a cool book and my opinion on the author is great cuz Gary Soto is an Mexican- American dats puts some of his heritage into his writing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/29/2011

    " This book seemed real and honest even though it was difficult that the main character kept trying to get away from his current situation, but couldn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali Shadded | 7/1/2011

    " This book was really amusing. The bad thing about it was that it contained many inapropiate parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ida | 3/18/2011

    " Read this with my 9th grade English class. A great vehicle for teaching figurative language and rhetorical device. I liked it a lot and a few of them agreed. Hard to tell if they like anything that doesn't involve vampires. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ? Tiger Lady II ? | 2/8/2011

    " It was okay.. for a book club book. Pretty much all that happened was gang fights. And people swaering. More fights. not much to it, really... "

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About the Author
Author Gary Soto

Gary Soto is the author of more than a dozen poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Award. He also writes young adult fiction and has received numerous awards, including the Human and Civil Rights Award from the American Education Association, the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and the PEN Center West Book Award for his young adult short-story collection Petty Crimes.

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 powerful command of language and rich voice reflect his interest in dialects. Ramirez is the winner of eight AudioFile Earphones Awards.