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4.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 5 4.23 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luis Alberto Urrea Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who left the family to work in the United States. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village - they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men - her own Siete Magnificos - to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence. Download and start listening now!

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

    " The start of the story was a little to "unreal" for me. Really hard to believe that a group of young girls and 1 gay shop owner would naively believe that they could cross the U.S. border illegally, but that it would be okay because all they wanted was to find some good men to bring home to their small Mexico town. But once the journey began I was completely wrapped up in the book. The author used just the right amount of humor and stereotyping of both Mexican and American cultures, at times I laughed out loud. Also, the trip itself had some terrifying moments. The bandidos in Mexico, crossing the border at Tiajuana, staying in Clairmont and then traveling the I-15, the story captured all this in a very real way. Having grown up in San Diego county, I enjoyed seeing it through the eyes of an illegal immigrant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/6/2014

    " This man writes so beautifully that I can't put the book down. There are hard parts - the grinding poverty of Mexico is shown with no sugar coating. But the beauty, the hope, the humor outshine the hard stuff and fills my heart. Urrea is a genius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda Mathison | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting plot and characters written from the point of view of Mexicans crossing over into the U.S. illegally. Covered how they got into the U.S. and their experiences while here. This is one of the selections for the One Book, One San Diego that my book club is reading. Author is from Tijuana and San Diego. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/22/2014

    " After watching "the Magnificent Seven", some teenage Mexican girls decide to go to the US and find some tough Mexicans to come back and defend their town from the drug cartel. One of the girls also wants to find her father. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Hunter | 1/17/2014

    " After loving The Hummingbird's Daughter, this was not the epic I was hoping for...but after living in Mexico for five years, I totally felt as if I were in the story. Character development is excellent. For the most part, I enjoyed the book, but it was a light and easy read. Somehow, I expected more of Luis. Maybe next time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aafejes | 1/16/2014

    " i really liked the quest aspect of this story. and there were some very very funny anecdotes. i wish that i knew how to spanish pronunciations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tfarley75 | 12/14/2013

    " Great read! A takeoff on the Seven Samurai, with excellent descriptions of the problems in Mexico, and the incredible hardiness and courage of immigrants. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret D'anieri | 12/11/2013

    " I loved this book - great characters, offbeat humor and a fascinating view of the US from a different perspective, and some thought-provoking passages about the meaning of home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie R | 12/10/2013

    " Although this one took me a while to get into, it was a beautiful story, the characters truly alive and before me. I highly recommend this one. He is a master story teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 10/27/2013

    " What a beautiful, unique paen to modern Mexican culture. It is heartening to read such an honest portrayal of a county and a people who suffer from unfair stereotypes within and outside their own county. I will not soon forget Tia Irma, Atomiko, Tacho and the girlfriends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 10/17/2013

    " I wasn't thrilled. This book won the Galveston Reads contest for 2011 and I can't say I agree with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 10/13/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book...same genre as Brief But Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao (Spanglish, coming of age, traditional Hispanic culture). Good read for everyone who lives in San Diego. Local spots mentioned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/12/2013

    " A wonderfully written tale of current day Mexico and America, and the intersection between us. Not always pretty, but funny and real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Ream | 4/13/2013

    " One of the most thought-provoking, human books on immigration. Beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitaker | 10/31/2012

    " A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry O | 10/12/2012

    " This book is fantastic... Beautiful imagery and characters. I could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 8/25/2012

    " All the characters in this book were so likable and I found myself rooting for them to the very end! A quick read, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 8/23/2012

    " The story of the magnificent seven inspires a young Mexican girl to save her community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 8/2/2012

    " Enjoyable, entertaining, and easy to read- The intense situations and settings are shaded with humor, and the characters are likeable and offbeat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DOC | 4/3/2012

    " An enjoyable read. In fact a book I didn't want to put down. I only gave it three stars because I feel Urrea ended it abruptly. He should have worked out Neyali's conflict with her father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/31/2012

    " Very good book that gives the reader perspective on the trials of immigrants. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista Bolan | 10/9/2011

    " Wonderful, satisfying novel about strong women on an important mission. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Profelola | 8/4/2011

    " A clever, funny romp through the immigrant experience...Urrea is a wonderful writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammyvanderwoude | 5/12/2011

    " I loved this story about a courage, adventure on the road, and home. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lu | 4/9/2011

    " I LOVE THIS NOVEL.

    (More coherent review to come.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 4/7/2011

    " By far the best book I've read in a very long time. The characters, setting, plot -- EVERYTHING -- was captivating and carried me away on a quest with Nayeli and her unlikely companions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/7/2011

    " This would make a great movie too. I enjoyed this book very much as I have all of Urrea's that I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 4/4/2011

    " This book was neither as beautifully written nor compelling as The Hummingbird's Daughter. The best part of the book was how current it is regarding border issues, but that was still dealt with a little superficially. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hendo | 3/16/2011

    " Not bad--read a little like YA. Probably wouldn't have chosen it for myself, but it's a book club selection. Characters were a little unbelievable, but the disparity between Mexico and the United States is real, and I think that was the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 3/3/2011

    " So original, creative, sobering in some parts. Good social commentary, patriotic epic, and cultural introspective. Excellent characters and unique plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 3/1/2011

    " I had to try this story a second time to see its humor and its heart. "

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