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The Devil's Highway: A True Story

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Luis Alberto Urrea

Narrated By: Luis Alberto Urrea

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: June 2011

Duration: 8 hours 54 minutes


The author of "Across the Wire" offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out. "Superb . . . Nothing less than a saga on the scale of the Exodus and an ordeal as heartbreaking as the Passion . . . The book comes vividly alive with a richness of language and a mastery of narrative detail that only the most gifted of writers are able to achieve.--"Los Angeles Times Book Review."


  • Rudy B.

    What a great book!! As a 5th generation Mexican-American I have been Americanized and have little to no understanding of my great-great grandparent's homeland. My views are similar those of many of my fellow Americans: "Why don't they go to a port of entry? Why don't they do it legally? Why should we have to deal with all the criminals? Why do we have to fix their problems?" Urrea has opened my eyes to a hidden world with real people who seek only to provide for their loved ones but are forced to dance with the devil to do it. My understanding of and sympathy for the "walkers" has grown tremendously. With that said, do not be fooled. This is not a politically left wing charged piece of work. Urrea masterfully presents all players (walkers, coyotes, immigration, etc.) in a non-partisan and unbiased way. He allows the reader to make up their own minds about who was right and who was wrong or who is good and who is bad. The considerable use of primary sources and the incredible story telling ability of Urrea present a historic event in the fashion of a fictional thriller that keeps you wanting to read more. Lastly, the audio reading by Urrea was excellent and made for easy listening. I truly enjoyed the experience of Devil's Highway.