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3.632 out of 53.632 out of 53.632 out of 53.632 out of 53.632 out of 5 3.63 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Soto Narrator: Robert Ramirez Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781440797743
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You’d think a knife in the ribs would be the end of things, but for Chuy, that’s when his life at last gets interesting. He finally sees that people love him, faces the consequences of his actions, finds in himself compassion and bravery…and even stumbles on what may be true love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Soto writes with a touch as light as Chuy’s ghost and with humor, wonderment, and generosity toward life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Soto has remade Our Town into Fresno, California, and he not only paints the scenery brilliantly but also captures the pain that follows an early death. In many ways, this is as much a story about a hardscrabble place as it is about a boy who is murdered. Both pulse with life and will stay in memory.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tremain8f | 2/17/2014

    " This book is about a boy named Chuy who goes to a party. He gets killed by a knife. Then after hes dead he goes to the afterlife. Where he can see what people do on earth. Also where he finds a girl he really like named Crystal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 2/16/2014

    " Excellent book. It's graphic and does have profanity; however, Soto draws you in to Chuy's life and encounters with a gang member. Soto's idea of how it might be in between death and going into the light is intriguing. I couldn't put this down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique Nicole | 2/8/2014

    " The book I read was called "The after Life" by Gary Soto. The book is about a boy named Chuy who is stabbed one night at a party. He dies that night and goes into the after life. He sees everything around him, even some things that he never knew he could. He just wished that he could let his family know that hes there. He can give them little signs that he's there, but they wont see him. What i learned from this book is that sometimes the have to face the situations that cant be changed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisbeth Solberg | 1/31/2014

    " This didn't work for me. It showed promise at the outset, but the disembodied soul? consciousness? of the murdered protagonist, getting wafted here and there by the wind or whatever, then gradually fading--"Kiss me quick! There goes my upper lip!"--was just lame. And the Raiders game? What was that all about? It seemed like tokenism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke Hoger | 1/29/2014

    " Quick but serious. It took me only about an hour and a half to read this book, but it was filled to the brim with plenty of emotion. Great high school read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julio | 1/26/2014

    " this book is great to because it tells you about a lot of thing about their life an other things "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richy | 1/26/2014

    " this book is the best book that i have read from gary soto. i really like this book because it shows that you have to treat everyday like your last day. And every time that i read this book it makes me want to read it more. i would rate this book a 10 because it is an interesting book to read. if you read this book you won't regret reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lola Franco | 1/25/2014

    " This was very interesting, especially having read The Lovely Bones and If I Stay. It was nice to have a boys perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bass Drop (Joshua) Burda | 1/20/2014

    " It was a disappointment of Gary Soto. All the protaganist did was say goodbye to people he couldn't really talk to (Which is unknown how they know it's him when he breathes on their necks) meets a couple people, and slowly (view spoiler)[ dissappears out of existence (hide spoiler)] It was just disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna | 1/12/2014

    " I'll be honest, not one of my favorite Gary Soto books. I kept waiting for a consistent plot line, only to find that I'd reached the last page and never found one. Some of my students loved this book though! To each his own! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 1/3/2014

    " This is so far one of my 2nd favorite books very intresting good title to match the story and good plotting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina Sedlmyer | 12/30/2013

    " Didn't really understand the point of the book. Everything was random and disconnected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juan Saldana | 12/18/2013

    " this book is better than the other ones "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 10/29/2013

    " Unique concept, great poetic language (no surprise coming from a poet of Soto's caliber), but the throughline seems to be as faded and meandering as his ghostly characters-- okay, maybe not that much, but it is a little too unformed for my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joant | 5/6/2013

    " Strong start, but the plot of the book meandered so much I lost interest. Although as I write this I wonder if that was Soto's plan, as this is a book about leaving earthly life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luci | 10/10/2012

    " this book is reallly goood! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 4/29/2012

    " Read parts of this aloud to my students at the end of the school year and they found it intriguing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy | 1/29/2012

    " Boring, underdeveloped characters, and a lame romance. Very, very dry reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Burn my Dread Kitty | 11/9/2011

    " A very good journey through the eyes of the dead, and with good deed he had in mind and heart did our young protagonist have. Though an undeserved death was upon him, he lived within the afterlife and learned that much has happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glaudy rocio | 10/20/2011

    " its a good book but sad in another way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mickel | 5/18/2011

    " This book portrays what the author believes to be the afterlife and this type of setting captivates readers like me who love science fiction. This book is an overall great read and should be read by science fiction lovers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kittylicious777 | 5/5/2011

    " A very good journey through the eyes of the dead, and with good deed he had in mind and heart did our young protagonist have. Though an undeserved death was upon him, he lived within the afterlife and learned that much has happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 5/3/2011

    " a very eerie and yet romantic book because it talks about the afterlife after someone dies which is not comfortable to many people but leads to many wonders could you still experience things after you die? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 4/24/2011

    " Didn't really understand the point of the book. Everything was random and disconnected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla | 3/22/2011

    " Good book with some interesting events, but didn't "catch my eye." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 3/6/2011

    " A decent book, but not one of my favorite by him. It was an easy book to read, but the ending was a bit disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 2/16/2011

    " i loved the book
    i love all his books. "

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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 success with six young adult novels by Gary Soto has gotten our attention, including Taking Sides and Buried Onion. His powerful command of language and rich voice reflect his interest in dialects. In his recent performance of Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, a modern fable of “Beauty and the Beast” set in Persia, Robert jumped at the chance to add Farsi and Arabic to his repertoire. We hope to hear Robert in different audiobook venues in coming months.