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Download The Tortilla Curtain Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,722 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. Coraghessan Boyle Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN:
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PEN-Faulkner Award-winning author T. Coraghessan Boyle weaves together the stories of two families in Southern California: one affluent, the other destitute. As Boyle creates a counterpoint of personal needs, civic responsibility, and social custom, each family's quest for the American Dream fuels deep fear and anger that ultimately lead to a perilous confrontation. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becca | 2/2/2014

    " "I found much of the prose beautifully written but most of the story tedious and depressing. An important subject, Mexican illegals trying to make a better life, but the characters were, to me, mostly inlikeable, with the exception of America. It does raise questions and provoke thoought." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rafael | 1/26/2014

    " nothing new on the stereotyped characters and the ending you kind of see it coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 1/25/2014

    " Dos parejas crusan las vidas de unos a otros. dramatico.bien escrito . Wow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Q | 1/20/2014

    " Absolutely riveting!! Great characters; it shows LA from a rich family's point of view vs. a poor immigrant family & their run-ins w/each other. A real eye-opener. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/19/2014

    " This should be required reading for anyone who lives in Southern California. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry Podob | 1/12/2014

    " T.C. Boyle is a genious - the best and worst of Los Angeles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/25/2013

    " This book made me cringe. An uncomfortable reminder that perception and reality don't necessarily have anything in common, stereotyping others tends to build traps for ourselves and that once we let fear overtake reason we are capable of almost anything. Don't judge the coyote too harshly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Elliott | 12/13/2013

    " A very readable story about an unfortunately common occurrence. There is a good reason why this was compulsory reading in many California schools for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia Cote | 8/7/2013

    " Even though this book was written in the mid-90's, unfortunately it is still very applicable to the current struggles of illegal immigrants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamus Sumner | 8/6/2013

    " Very powerful ending. TC Boyle is an incredible writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 7/25/2013

    " This book took me awhile to get into, but everything came together in the end, and it was very fascinating. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katrina | 5/28/2013

    " January's Book Club book. Just started. Couldn't get very far, it was a bit slow if you ask me. I like the premise but just couldn't get into this authors writing style. On to the Feb Book Club book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/28/2013

    " I enjoyed the book, but the ending left me wanting more. I listened to the audio version--it was well narrated by the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbe | 4/17/2013

    " I thought this book did a great job of portraying the experience of living on the border. 2 couples, same place, similar experiences, different outcomes. Sad and poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi Maguire | 4/13/2013

    " Required reading for high schoolers in California and Colorado, this book was also chosen by my book club. It is a great book for discussion. My first Boyle read and it made me want to read all of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabel | 8/18/2012

    " One of the best books I've read in a long, long time. Human to every last detail. Richly told. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeanette Lyman | 6/9/2012

    " I thought the book was exagerated, not all that realistic (maybe on purpose?) Read Caramelo instead. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/19/2012

    " A pedestrian, overdone book that fails at satire, and generally irritates the reader. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marie | 4/18/2012

    " Truly one of the worst books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 3/15/2012

    " Should be required reading for every white middle class high school student in So. California and other border states. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Heepke | 9/5/2011

    " Riviting! Couldn't put it down. The contrast between LA "gated community" life and life of homeless mexican illegal immigrants couldn't be more vivid. I really cared about the later after reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 6/19/2011

    " This is an incredible story - well written, a page turner. It makes profound comments on the issues of illegal immigration today. Very contemporary. Really made me think more deeply about the humane factors of illegal immigration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/23/2011

    " Good book, an eye opener. Can be disturbing but is a great contrast of life styles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/12/2011

    " Raining shit storm. I wanted to murder every single character. (Does this mean it was well-written...is that the reaction Boyle wanted from readers?) "

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

    " An illegal immigrant family and a yuppie couple cross paths in the area around Topango Canyon in southern California. The book told the story from both perspectives and the reader feels for all the characters. It was a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 5/5/2011

    " in terms of craft this book is fantastic. but what he puts his characters through is unbearable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 5/4/2011

    " I really liked the juxtaposition of the two worlds! Ironic and so sad! I liked everything about it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/2/2011

    " This book is so sad, I can't just sit down and read it. Great read and the ending provided a hopeful outcome after all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 4/11/2011

    " I loved this book...great insights as well as characters that draw you in...of course, T.C. Boyle has a way of always doing a "good" job at what he creates even when they are totally different than other things he has written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 4/11/2011

    " At the time I read it, I like it but more importantly, this is one book whose characters I will not forget. "

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About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.