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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Bird Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9781436127042
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Sarah Bird’s insightful, funny novels about love have won her high praise from critics and a loyal following. Booklist says she writes with “a voice that will resonate like a fine guitar.” Rae’s life falls apart when her father dies of cancer and her mother joins a religious cult. The only person who understands Rae is local bad girl Didi, who is experiencing a similar loss. Both girls fall in love with handsome flamenco guitarist Tomás Montenegro, whose aunt teaches at the university’s flamenco academy. Rae and Didi take the class and become obsessed with the dance. In time, their love triangle plays out on an international stage, when Rae, Didi, and Tomás becoming the rising stars of flamenco. Bird’s passionate and touching story will win her many new fans. Alyssa Bresnahan’s narration, as fluid as the flamenco dancing it chronicles, beautifully captures the nuances of this tale. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Bird delivers a story brimming with romance and visceral details of flamenco, its music and its history. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachal | 2/18/2014

    " liked this book. modern and informative. i feel like i know a little about the history of flamenco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenya | 2/6/2014

    " This book wasn't hard to read, or incredibly memorable, or amazingly deep, but the writing is lovely without ever drawing attention to itself, the characterization of the two best friends and their relationship is fabulous, and the plot moves along well. Plus, yes, I learned a lot about flamenco. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nina | 1/28/2014

    " I'm a little over half way through and the book is really dragging. I'm going to try to get myself through it and see if it actually comes together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 1/24/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. The two main characters were very vivid. The story was interesting and led me to a quick read. I learned a lot about flamenco culture and ended up checking out some flamenco CDs from the library. The only part I didnt like was the gypsy tales which were interwoen into the plot tended to be a little too long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danica | 1/21/2014

    " I really liked this book. Easy to read. Some charaters hard to sympathize with but still very satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnne Pulcino | 1/21/2014

    " The passion and danger attached to flamenco flows through this compelling new novel--a story of two young American women caught up in the fevered excitement of the flamenco revival sweeping the Southwest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/18/2014

    " "He led me down a street where conquistadors ruled coffee shops and whiskey grew in a garden of green bottles. A secret park appeared in the middle of a sleeping neighborhood. He played falsetas so beautiful that the leaves on the trees turned into hearts and rained down on me. And, on a giant's swing, we sailed so high that the stars blurred into streaks of silver next to our heads." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garron Bothe | 1/13/2014

    " A little too much detail about "Flamenco" for me but I guess that is to be expected - given the title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyri Stefatos | 1/4/2014

    " nice easy read...a book that I found at the library while in Tokyo "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily H. | 11/9/2013

    " If you love flamenco, you'll like this book. If you don't, you won't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/23/2013

    " Bravo!!! I loved the history presented in this book. I loved the descriptions of music, local, dance, guitar . . Sarah Bird obviously has a passion for her subject matter. The love story was absorbing .. and brave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Linton | 8/4/2013

    " This is a very sensual book. I loved learning about flamenco, the Gypsies, and visualizing Tomas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 cmeiers | 7/14/2013

    " Well, I always love Sarah Bird. Great love story, great woman's story, great mystery, and you learn a lot about Gypsies, flamenco and New Mexico! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 7/3/2013

    " I really liked this book, but I think people who don't dance will enjoy it less "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mie | 4/13/2013

    " I have mixed feelings about this book so I can only give it 2 stars and I wish I knew more Spanish! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peterfam | 2/10/2013

    " I loved this book! There is a lot of detail about the flamenco culture and gypsy life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 10/20/2012

    " I loved the vivid stories about Flamenco, the Gypsies and of course the references to Lorca, but the juvenile infatuation aspect was a drag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandora | 10/20/2012

    " A compelling love story, butI liked the history about flamenco the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 8/24/2012

    " I like her writing, but don't love Flamenco. I like other books by her better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay Porter | 5/31/2012

    " Great story but a little disappointed with the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha Sullivan | 4/19/2012

    " Although well-written in parts, this novel went on way too long for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 3/31/2012

    " Read it in Cancun and then heard Flamenco music in jazz club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 3/15/2012

    " The book pulsates with rhythm and romance. Takes place in Albuquerque where I knew every place that was mentioned in the book. Took me back to when I lived there. One of my favorites of Sarah Bird who lives in Austin , by the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Groeteke | 2/18/2012

    " I love this book because it captures a culture and a history that I am slightly obsessed with. I hate this book because at every turn I felt like it was telling me the story of my life complete with betrayal and loss of love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 12/13/2011

    " Sarah Bird's style is intense and internal. It's a novel, but it reads like a memoir, so intimately personal is the reader's relationship with the narrator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 9/19/2011

    " Loved learning about gypsy culture. It was a great story, with a sad but courageous ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 8/13/2011

    " Bird's most ambitious novel to date; explores the world of New Mexico flamenco and gypsy culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorri | 6/30/2011

    " A very good, enjoyed it very much. A great story about friendship and betrayal. An interesting look into the world of Flamenco. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/13/2011

    " Great story but a little disappointed with the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnne Pulcino | 4/8/2011

    " The passion and danger attached to flamenco flows through this compelling new novel--a story of two young American women caught up in the fevered excitement of the flamenco revival sweeping the Southwest.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 2/2/2011

    " Loved learning about gypsy culture. It was a great story, with a sad but courageous ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyri | 9/6/2010

    " nice easy read...a book that I found at the library while in Tokyo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 8/7/2010

    " The book pulsates with rhythm and romance. Takes place in Albuquerque where I knew every place that was mentioned in the book. Took me back to when I lived there. One of my favorites of Sarah Bird who lives in Austin , by the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 5/9/2010

    " Read it in Cancun and then heard Flamenco music in jazz club. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Relyn | 4/2/2010

    " I wanted to like this. I really did. It started off so compelling, just great, but it fizzled fast. The story went on and on and ON about their childhood. As a teenager there was nothing likable or even very interesting about the main character. Or her best friend. Bummer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/27/2010

    " Bravo!!! I loved the history presented in this book. I loved the descriptions of music, local, dance, guitar . . Sarah Bird obviously has a passion for her subject matter. The love story was absorbing .. and brave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/12/2009

    " I took me 75 pages to get going, but once I did I couldn't stop. This book totally makes you want to run off to New Mexico and become a gypsy. Truly enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mie | 10/30/2009

    " I have mixed feelings about this book so I can only give it 2 stars and I wish I knew more Spanish! "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird is the author of several novels. She is a columnist for the Texas Monthly and has written for the New York Times; Chicago Tribune; O, The Oprah Magazine; Glamour; and Mademoiselle, among other publications. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, George, and son, Gabriel.

About the Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned sixteen Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.