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2.02721088435374 out of 52.02721088435374 out of 52.02721088435374 out of 52.02721088435374 out of 52.02721088435374 out of 5 2.03 (147 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 2009 ISBN:
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To get away from his chaotic, often violent parents, 17-year-old Jesse has moved into an apartment with his brother. They are both taking community college courses in Fresno. But to pay for them, they must take whatever jobs they can find, even backbreaking field work.

The path to a good education isn't going to be an easy one for these two young Mexican-Americans. As Jesse absorbs information in his classes, he learns harsher lessons from the people around him. Watching them and the choices they make, Jesse begins to understand the limits of his world.

Gary Soto, a poet and novelist, has won prizes and awards for his work. Filled with wry humor and realism, Jesse reflects Soto's own experiences growing up in California. Robert Ramirez' lightly accented voice captures the thoughts and emotions of a young man on the threshold of an uncertain adulthood. 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 Linda | 12/31/2013

    " I love the books by Gary Soto, chapter books, poetry and short stories are all about the lives of Mexican-Ameicans, but transfer into stories about all of us. They are about challenges, risk-taking and hope. They show real lives of teens mostly with their own hopes and dreams but finding it tough to transcend the poverty gap. This book, Jesse, tells of 17 year old Jesse, a Mexican-American boy coming of age during the turmoil of the Vietnam War. I loved Jesse's optimism and his. I listened to the audio book read by Robert Rameriz, who was marvelous. Despite Jesse's poverty and family difficulties, he aspires to get an education and become an artist. I especially enjoyed Soto's descriptions (one is 'teeth like Chiclets) and his expert use of dialog. He definitely gets teen speak. This is Soto's first YA novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Odalys | 12/26/2013

    " To escape a home dominated by his alcoholic stepfather, 17-year-old Jesse abruptly leaves his home with his mother and stepfather, high school, and moves into an apartment with his older brother, Abel, and takes classes at Fresno City College. It is 1968, and the brothers not only face the threat of being drafted and the daily grind of their poverty, but they also face being a part of the latino minnority group. Racial and class prejudice limit their employment opportunities to field labor, and they pick melons, oranges, or cotton, depending on the season. The author Gary Soto portrays the poverty of the boys in the scene where Abel and Jesse are hitchhiking to Pismo Beach for their spring break. Stranded for several days along the road, they encounter many hardships together through the night, and they never end up reaching the ocean wich is a big dissapointment. Jesse is artistically gifted and shy around girls; he struggles to communicate with girls, to date, and to succeed both socially and academically in school. Soto makes people realize how difficult the life of a mexican american during this time. I did not like this book because it was plotless. It has nothing exiting that really makesa reader want to keep reading. The story is bland and has nothong that I found memorable. I would not reccomend this book to anyone because it's so boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morgan | 12/21/2013

    " Didn't really enjoy it. Had to read for an english class. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 12/18/2013

    " I was pretty disappointed in this book. Nothing really happened. I expected a lot more from it. I thought it teased around some good issues, but never really got there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorna | 11/29/2013

    " good multi-cultural read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brandon Gonzalez | 11/16/2013

    " Jesse, Jesse, Jesse. The main character of the book is a 17 year old boy.Their father died when he was little and he remebers eating a chocolate bar at the funeral. He and his brother decide to move out on their own do their relationship with their stepfather. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hala | 7/25/2010

    " It was a nice book. It was fun to read, not a major literary piece but it sufficed :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mirna | 10/22/2008

    " I think this book is very easy to understand and it seems like it goes on without a purpose.The book describes the characters daily life and struggles and in the end he ends up where he started.This was dissapointing because i expected a more positive outcome which was something that didnt happen. "

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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.