Salsa Nocturna: Stories : Bone Street Rumba

  • by Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by Daniel José Older
  • Series: Bone Street Rumba
  • 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A 300-year-old story collector enlists the help of the computer hacker next door to save her dying sister. A half-resurrected cleanup man for Death’s sprawling bureaucracy faces a phantom pachyderm, doll-collecting sorceresses, and his own ghoulish bosses. Gordo, the old Cubano who watches over the graveyards and sleeping children of Brooklyn, stirs and lights another Malaguea. Down the midnight streets of New York, a whole invisible universe churns to life in Daniel José Older’s debut collection of ghost noir.


What the Critics Say

"It’s so rare to read something that doesn’t sound like anything you’ve read before, and so invigorating." (John Green, author, The Fault in Our Stars)


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Customer Reviews

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I could not in good conscience go above three stars for this collection. Older is a good word smith, sometimes waxing very poetic. BARTH'S WORDS FLUTTERED AROUND ME LIKE A STUPID MOTH. I really like the story titled SKIN LIKE PORCELAIN DEATH. TENDERFOOT was cute, but most of the rest were just average. Some are going to give this a higher rating, for the coolness. A lot of urban language is used, YOU FEEL ME. I will say none of the stories sucked.

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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

Better Spoken

Would you listen to Salsa Nocturna: Stories again? Why?

Yes I listened to it twice in the first two days I had it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gordo. Second fiddle character but very essential to what happens in this world.

What does Daniel José Older bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Older brings nuance and personality to a wide range of characters with distinct voice characterizations and narration.

If you could rename Salsa Nocturna: Stories, what would you call it?

I wouldn't.

Any additional comments?

I had the honor and pleasure of attending a reading of this book at WisCon in May 2014. I immensely enjoyed the experience and decided to buy the book. Something about Older's reading brought the narrative to life. I admire the passion and excitement of his work that comes through in his performance. I enjoyed "Love Is Like a F*ck*ng River" most. Older wasn't afraid to bleed all over that story and it comes through even clearer in the audio edition. Overall, I loved the distinctions among all voices and the consistency throughout the book. I'm glad I decided to get it.

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- Inda Lauryn "Inda"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-11-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios