The Barbarian Nurseries

The Barbarian Nurseries

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Araceli is the live-in maid at the residence of the prominent Torres-Thompson family and one of three Mexican employees on the premises. However, she is the last employee standing when the recession takes its toll on the family's resources. One day, Araceli awakes to find the house abandoned, except for the two Torres-Thompson boys. With the boys' parents unreachable, it's up to Araceli to care for them.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, p2011.
ISBN: 9781455111923
Branch Call Number: CDAUDIO FICTION Tobar Hector 10/2011
Characteristics: 13 audio discs (924 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Alvarez, Frankie


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Dec 19, 2017

The Library Journal review does a good job of summarizing the story. The sense of irony in the novel might be a bit broad, but not beyond a plausible possibility. And, more importantly, highly entertaining. The reader does an excellent job propelling the story with differing voices for the different characters.

Oct 07, 2013

This audiobook held my interest well enough, but the plot was too contrived and the protagonist too opaque and unsympathetic to really resonate with me in the end.

Jan 30, 2012

The story, the characters, (including the overall geographic character, L.A. County), and the issues are all important enough to engage your mind as well as your emotions. It's a funny satire, but unusually for that genre, it is warm and real and sympathetic. The performance by Frankie J. Alvarez was terrific. The book is written in English, but with a lot of Spanish, not all of it translated in the text. Nevertheless, Alverez is such a good voice actor that he communicates very well even if you don't understand and Spanish.


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