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Download Fiesta en la madriguera (Down the Rabbit Hole) Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (497 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Juan Pablo Villalobos Narrator: Fernando Caride Publisher: audiomol.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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A Tochtli le gustan los sombreros, los diccionarios, los samuráis, las guillotinas y los franceses. Pero Tochtli es un niño y ahora lo que quiere es un nuevo animal para su zoológico privado: un hipopótamo enano de Liberia. Su padre, Yolcaut, un narcotraficante en la cúspide del poder, está dispuesto a cumplir todos sus caprichos. No importa que se trate de un animal exótico en peligro de extinción. Porque Yolcaut siempre puede. Tochtli vive en un palacio. Una madriguera recubierta de oro en la que convive con trece o quizá catorce personas: matones, meretrices, dealers, sirvientes y algún político corrupto. Además está Mazatzin, su profesor particular, para quien el mundo es un lugar lleno de injusticias donde los imperialistas tienen la culpa de todo. Fiesta en la madriguera, una excelente y más que prometedora primera novela, es la crónica de un viaje delirante para cumplir un capricho. Cabezas cortadas, ríos de sangre, restos humanos, montañas de cadáveres. La madriguera está en México y ya se sabe: México a veces es un país magnífico y a veces es un país nefasto. Las cosas son así. La vida, al fin y al cabo, es un juego y una fiesta.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Gallin-Parisi | 2/1/2014

    " Kid narrator tells all about living with Mexican drug lords. Except this isn't what you think. Not recommended for true crime enthusiasts or historians. This is satire, humorous, quickly dreamy, and magical. If you were able to take the term magical realism and change it into a Puff Daddy music video, or if you were able to take NPR headlines of Mexico's growing number of headless corpses and turn them into a David after the dentist youtube sensation - you'd be much closer. This slim book has black humor, the continuation and loss of childhood innocence, and damn imperialists mentioned during side character's "lectures" at the palace. Get this fast read for hilarious narration and extended use of the words "pathetic", "sordid", and "prestige". Also for anybody who likes Mark Twain - this is the closest I can think of for a kid narrating his understanding of the world. Not a road trip book, or American navigation, instead a short perspective of drugs, money, and youth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/23/2014

    " Very good book, and an easy read, (only 70 pages), but an interesting perspective on how a young boy thinks when he only knows 14 people. Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants and the odd corrupt politician or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/25/2013

    " The simplicity of language and style make this a compelling read, but the story is very disturbing. It's a snapshot of the life of a young boy whose father is a drugs baron in Mexico and because it covers only a short period of time there is no resolution or progression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 12/25/2013

    " This first novel by the Mexican writer Juan Pablo Villalobos, was a fortunate find that I came across while looking for something else. Told from the perspective of a child, it describes the boy's life as the son of a Mexican drug lord. Villalobos is particularly skillful in having the child provide not simply a view of his surroundings (as fantastical as they are) but, obliquely (and therein lies Villalobos' mastery), their devastating effect on him now and, Villalobos suggests, in the future. The one review I saw, after reading the book, described it perfectly: "So this is a novel about failing to understand the bigger picture, and in its absence we can see it more clearly." Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent Legault | 12/22/2013

    " Sad. Strange. Sweet. (If you have read it and liked it then you ought to seek out issue #4 of The Coffin Factory which has an even better story by Villalobos called "The Mountain." I don't think there is much else in English by this guy at the moment.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Johnson | 12/22/2013

    " very unusual style, but I liked it. closer to transcription of an oral history than the interior musings of a narrator. only 70 pages, from a child's point of view. the topics are very odd, and it is pretty sad too, but proves the point of universality of human concerns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 12/13/2013

    " Charming and perfect for an unoccupied afternoon (or really just an hour or two of free time). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 12/10/2013

    " This was great. A totally new and fresh voice and story. Clever, well-written. Really recommend it for folks who like novellas, short stories and Spanish/South American lit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/8/2013

    " Horribly sad and comic and perfectly so -- and perfectly, horribly, short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 6/28/2013

    " Well written, but .... ultimately the story is so disturbingly depressing that I never got to a point where I could say that I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 5/27/2013

    " Disturbing and entertaining. The perspective of an imaginative seven-year-old boy lightens up this story in the same way Nadsat lightens A Clockwork Orange. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arlo | 4/8/2013

    " The innocent child narrator used to tell the story of a Mexican drug "kingpin" etc...--Clever or a tired technique/cheese???? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/1/2013

    " a quick easy but thought provoking book narrted by a child about a very adult environment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gorky | 11/27/2012

    " This was a good stiry as well. Never thought I'd read a story about a chld living with a drug baron. I enjoyed that this story came from a childs point of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie Boland | 5/21/2012

    " Very different but had to finish this very very short read. It`s what`s not written that gives this story its kick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/22/2012

    " A really interesting look at leaned morality through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator. Although I must say - 75 pages for $10 was a bit much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparkle | 2/6/2012

    " Very quick read, but a good story. I think this would have done better to either have been elongated or put into a collection of other short stories, but I liked it. Interesting perspective and cute. "

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