Wild Steps of Heaven

  • by Victor Villaseñor
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Victor Villaseñor creates a powerful, moving protrait of his father's family - the Villaseñors - who in their courage and love of life represent the whole passionate history of Mexico.An epic portrait of Mexico is painted as this spellbinding story of madness and miracles, rage and redemption, unfolds.

Margarita...wild of heart and powerful in her earthborn mystery is the indomitable Indian matriarch who guards her family and conquers her enemies with the cutting edge of unconditional love - and a touch of magic. As a young woman, she was swept away by Juan Jesus Villaseñor, a powerful arrogant man who carried the blood of Spanish royalty in his veins - and who, unarmed, once wrestled with the great serpent that held his village hostage - and won.

Together, Don Juan and Dona Margarita would create a dynasty on the eve of the Mexican Revolution. Their daughters...Emilia and Luisa, beautiful, sensuous, mysterious, who find courage and endurance in their mother's faith, and searing, explosive passion amid the turmoil of war. Their sons...Jose, who becomes a legendary horseman and a hero of the revolution. And Juan, the youngest, Victor Villaseñor's father, through whose eyes this brilliant, tumultuous saga unfolds.

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What the Critics Say

"His characters and the events they live through are so outrageous that familiar stereotypes dissolve in their wake and magnetic individuals come to life, taking both the good and the bad as givens, supported by fierce love of the earth, their families, God and, above all, la vida." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great story, bad accent

The story was great. The accent of the narrator not so much. It was good until he had to say words in spanish.
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Forced Mexican (Spanish) accent didn't work

I am a big fan of Victor Villasenor's work. The narrator made an attempt to sound as though he had a "Mexican" accent, but just wasn't convincing, at times making the rich characters sound ridiculous. This was my first audio book which was a totally different experience. I'm willing to try it again.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio