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Download Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and The Global Economy's New Killing Fields Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Bowden Narrator: Charles Bowden Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Charles Bowden writes, this book is not about how the world ends but how a new world is being born. Murder City explores this new world, focusing on the idea that Mexico is collapsing into a permanent culture of violence. Bowden focuses on Ciudad Juarez, which lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso. Infamously known as the place where women disappear, last year alone 1,607 people were murdered, a number that is set to accelerate in 2009.

Miss Sinaloa is a beauty queen who loses her mind; her descent into madness becomes a parable for the town itself. As Bowden searches for reasons to explain why so many are dying, he realizes that what is happening in Juarez and other border towns - caught in the crosshairs of the drug and immigration wars - represents the total collapse of civic society.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Preston Fowler | 2/9/2014

    " The first half is captivating and very interesting. By the middle of the book, however, the story gets repetitive. This conveys the hopelessness of the situation, but offers no added depth or understanding. Read until you sense the repetition and stop, you've gone too far by then anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/4/2014

    " This is a fantastic book that looks at what is happening in Juarez. It's honest and brutal, but at the same time thoughtfully written and engaging. I began reading this book as part of a research project on Roberto Bolano's novel "2666" and have now begun to search put Bowden's other books. He is quite a character, and reminds me of a grittier Graham Greene. I highly recommend this book for those interested in Mexico, the drug war, violence, a sense of place in the contemporary world, or just good writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Rooker | 2/3/2014

    " This book gives one insight into events south of the border. Some of the prose is quite good, but for the most part this reads like a 250 page police blotter with color commentary. It would've been better at half its size, which is when I lost interest in all the redundant horrors. "

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

    " I don't care how cheap dental work is down there---after reading this book you couldn't pay me to go anywhere near Juarez... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 michael brooks | 1/21/2014

    " Deeply disturbing ... if only this were fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/18/2014

    " I didn't care for the writing style, poetic in parts yet repetitive in what it was saying. I felt like saying "yeah I get it get back to the story." It is not all that way and it might just be me. It is maddening, numbing, and very important information. We as Americans need to open our eyes to the larger picture of immigration and why it is happening also what the "war on drugs" really means. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/17/2014

    " Very informative but fails to point to a solution. Laws in Mexico need to be revised, especially those concerning women and children. The entire judiciary system is a joke and fails to protect the people. Bowden discusses these issues very briefly, would have loved to read more on those topics but instead murder after murder is recounted. I'm interested in reading the causes and solutions, this reads more like a novel at times. Maybe I am seeking an academic perspective on the deadliest and most dangerous city on earth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wenglenca | 1/15/2014

    " Well researched chronicle of cartel violence in Juarez, Mexico. Pretty graphic and as always when speaking of Mexican drug war, it is as much about corruptions as drugs and violence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Sheridan | 12/25/2013

    " Gnarly. Bowden is excellent and if ever there was a searing indictment of NAFTA, this is it. "

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

    " Utter corruption & cheapness of human life in Mexico border town. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 11/4/2013

    " This is not a book to read before bed--you will dream about it all night. National Public Radio's review got me interested. Every American needs to understand what is happening in Juarez. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tia | 9/26/2013

    " Couldn't get through this book as it was too ambling and scattered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smith Nickerson | 8/7/2013

    " Hard book to finish. Charles Bowden has a very interesting writing style but the subject matter overwhelmed me. After a while, I knew that in picking up the book, I would have to deal with nightmare occurring in Juarez. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/6/2013

    " If you care about Mexico and border issues, this is a must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 6/29/2013

    " Disjointed. The author writes in circles, repeating the same message. There is murder in Juarez-- but he never explains why or how it should be stopped. Boo, Charles Bowden. Not your best work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 6/3/2013

    " Beautiful and haunting narrative of Ciudad Juarez circa 2007-08. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 5/15/2013

    " The author illustrates nonfiction events in the style of a novel. Though brilliantly graphic and descriptive, it's easy to get lost in the unorthodox writing. But, for anyone interested Latin America culture, and the Central America drug trade, I highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosario Ortega | 1/5/2013

    " Such a sad and sorry state that the poor Mexcian people who remain behind must tolerate. This is a book that just moves your soul and reaches within your heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/11/2012

    " It was really unbelievable to learn what goes on in that part of Mexico. I felt like I was reading a list of all the murders. Hard to even imagine living there day to day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Green | 6/3/2011

    " I think this is a critical book to read for anyone who thinks immigration is a cut and dry situation. This book examines some of the causes that a lot of us overlook before drawing conclusions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smith | 4/28/2011

    " Hard book to finish. Charles Bowden has a very interesting writing style but the subject matter overwhelmed me. After a while, I knew that in picking up the book, I would have to deal with nightmare occurring in Juarez. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate Raven | 3/6/2011

    " I really wanted to like this book because the topic is really important. But I found his writing style so tedious that I couldn't stand reading it. bummer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 2/2/2011

    " Bowden gets out of the "reporter" mode and into "prose" mode a bit too much for my taste - sometimes the book is more of a reflection that a report of what is going on in Jaurez. That is fine; it just wasn't what I was expecting from the book! "

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