The Hummingbird's Daughter

  • by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, the illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream, a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with the power to heal, but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the "Saint of Cabora". The Hummingbird's Daughter is a vast, hugely satisfying novel of love and loss, joy and pain. Two decades in the writing, this is the masterpiece that Luis Alberto Urrea has been building up to.

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What the Critics Say

"Epic." (The New Yorker)
"Urrea meticulously captures day-to-day life among the poor farmers and their populist beliefs in their saint." (Bookmarks Magazine)
"[The Hummingbird's Daughter] is wildly romantic, sweeping in its effect, employing the techniques of Catholic hagiography, Western fairy tale, Indian legend and everyday family folklore against the gritty historical realities of war, poverty, prejudice, lawlessness, torture and genocide. Urrea effortlessly links Teresita's supernatural calling to the turmoil of the times, concealing substantial intellectual content behind effervescent storytelling and considerable humor." (Publishers Weekly)

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My New Favorite Book

This is one of the best books I've purchased from Audible. It is read by the author, and he does such an amazing job with voices and accents. I won't go into detail about the book itself, you can easily read the synopsis. I do highly recommend this book, I was so sad when I finished it. It leaves you wanting more.
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- Steph

Magical Realism at its best!

I can't say enough good things about this book. The story was wonderful and inventive, and also based on a real person, a relative of the author. Magical realism has been made famous by the like of Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende. This book fits right in with these greats. The story is epic and captivating. The characters are rich and enchanting and by the end you love every one of them.

This book takes place in Mexico in the years prior to the Mexican Revolution. It is a great depiction of life on a hacienda. There is a benevolent Patron with a heart of gold but a wandering eye, that sires him many legitimate and a few illegitimate children. There is political strife, magical medicine women, and a popular saint of the rural Mexican people, the main character, Teresita.

The author mixes English and a little Spanish effortlessly. This book is a must listen.

The narrator/author was fantastic. I honestly almost didn't buy this book when I found out the author was reading it because I have never heard an author-read book that I really liked. However one of the reviews said that he/she liked it better than the Kite Runner so I thought I would give it a try. While I did agree that this book is the same caliber or better than the Kite Runner, do not mistake that comparison to mean that they are anything alike. But I digress, the narrator/author in this case was perfect. He knows the language and accents obviously and makes each character come to life. I can't wait to read/listen to more from this author.
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- Angie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-19-2006
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio