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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener, whose novels hurtle from the far reaches of history to the dark corners of the world, paints an intoxicating portrait of a land whose past and present are as turbulent, fascinating, and colorful as any other on Earth. When an American journalist travels to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, he is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his own Mexican ancestry - from the brilliance and brutality of the ancients to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards to modern Mexico, fighting through dust and bloodshed to build a nation upon the ashes of revolution. Architectural splendors, frenzied bullfights, horrific human sacrifice: Michener weaves them all into an epic human story that ranks with the best of his beloved best-selling novels.
©2014 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Michener the storyteller at his finest.... There are splendid and authentic scenes in the plaza de toros that are as dramatic as any written by Ernest Hemingway or Barnaby Conrad." ( The New York Times Book Review)
", intriguing.... Michener is back in huge, familiar form with Mexico." (Los Angeles Daily News)
"An enthralling story.... Michener artfully combines the history of Mexico with the art of bullfighting, teaching the reader about both and telling a grand story at the same time." ( St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Peace on 01-06-16

I wanted to learn more about Mexican history and culture...

This fit the bill very well. Reader is excellent. Great historical facts presented in a vivid narrative. Characters are a bit trite but fitting fit the time period.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 03-20-16

Long Overdue Overview of the Nation to our South

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely because it brings a knowledge of the history (struggles, successes and people) to a nation which is hardly known to most of us, even in border states.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mexico?

The book is chock-full of "moments" so I would have to say the details about bullfighting and how it is created brought some understanding to me of how anyone could find pleasure in watching an animal tortured and killed before a huge audience. Educational.

What does Alexander Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice intonation brought a needed variety to the many characters. If he were not so adept, the book could have been muddled and confusing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many to describe.

Any additional comments?

Books by Michener are a real time-machine that carries us to places we could never go with today's technology. The color and spirit of his writing bring to life things and places that most of our imaginations could not. I am well into my next Michener book from Audible and am enjoying the journey very much.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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