The Flamenco Academy

  • by Sarah Bird
  • Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan
  • 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"A story brimming with romance and visceral details of flamenco, its music and its history." (Publishers Weekly)
"Funny and beautifully structured to create anticipation and suspense, with lush moments of romance and a surprisingly sturdy backbone." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

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Much Too Full of Itself

I don't know how much of this is the author's fault, and how much is the narrator's. I've gone back and forth on Sarah Bird (LOVED "Yakota Officer's Club", but found earlier stuff uneven), but this one won't go on my "must recommend" list. The narrator constantly tried to sound ever-so-dramatic, on the verge of tears, no matter what was happening. Sometimes it gave me a headache, sometimes it made me laugh. But mostly I gagged.
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- J "Reader & Listener"


Maybe because I'm a beginning flamenca, but I loved this book, word-for-word. Yes, the plot is romantic, but the real love affair is between dancers and their dance. The narrator is brilliant, channeling the eternal heartbreak of the gypsies through the losses, thwarted loves and difficult friendship of the principal character. I do not think this book would have been as good if I had read it, rather than "heard" it!
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- Victoria Weisfeld

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books