The Devil's Highway: A True Story

Written by:
Luis Alberto Urrea
Narrated by:
Luis Alberto Urrea

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2011
8 hours 54 minutes
This important book from a Pulitzer Prize finalist follows the brutal journey a group of men take to cross the Mexican border: "the single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. border policy" (The Atlantic).

In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the "Devil's Highway." Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them. The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a "book of the year" in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic.
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Jaime Vega

Good. Book Being 1st generation mexican American and being born there. This book highlights the struggle and unfortunately, the reality of so many people

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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.

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Lydia N.

Terrible history of the complicated issue of immigrants crossing the border, often deceived and risking their lives for a chance to a better life. It humanized the losses of individual life and outlined the impact migrants put on the US. I would love to see a solution good for all, but the situation is complex. Great narration.

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Carol B.

This book is outstanding. I can’t recommend this author-narrated audiobook highly enough.

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Valerie P.

The Devils Highway was a difficult book to listen to as the subject matter is heartbreaking. However, there is no question that it is imperative for people (Americans) to read as these are real people with Real struggles. The desire to improve one’s existence and to care for one’s family is primal. These primal motivations move people to face the horrors of death and the Devil’s Highway. Urea has written a non biased book, about a difficult topic. Excellent writing, and a must read for all who recognize the importance and trakedy of the immigrant situation.

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Gokhan C.

Another fascinating, deeply moving book, narrated by the author and he's done a fantastic job both writing and narrating. He's my new Paulo Coelho!

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