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The city of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the setting for his epic masterpiece East of Eden, but it is also the home of Nuestra Familia, one of the most violent gangs in the United States. Born in the prisons of California in the late 1960s, Nuestra Familia expanded to control drug trafficking and extortion operations throughout the northern half of the state and left a trail of bodies in its wake. Award-winning journalist Julia Reynolds tells the gang's story from the inside out, following young men and women as they search for a new kind of family, quests that usually lead to murder and betrayal. Blood in the Fields also documents the history of Operation Black Widow, the FBI's questionable decade-long effort to dismantle the Nuestra Familia, along with its compromised informants and the turf wars it created with local law enforcement agencies. Reynolds uses her unprecedented access to gang members, both in and out of prison, as well as undercover wiretaps, depositions, and court documents to weave a gripping, comprehensive history of this brutal criminal organization and the lives it destroyed.

©2014 Julia Reynolds (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • RUBEN AGUILAR
  • 09-04-2020

horrible narrator

narration was horrible story jumped all over her to keep up with. over all history was ok

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  • Rebeca L
  • 23-10-2020

Needs a different narrator

I think a book like this needs a bilingual narrative. The way the story was told made it difficult to keep my attention. I don’t recommend.

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  • John Kenmore
  • 09-12-2019

Incredible Work of Writing and Narration

Very informative. Very well written. Great job on the narration. Really good work. A lot of effort went into this book and it is well worth the price. I’m impressed.

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  • Half Hitch
  • 07-02-2017

Informative, but neither gripping or compelling.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I grew bored and lost interest - although detailed in some aspects, most of the material is from court documents/transcripts and not from what the "Ten Years Inside..." subtitle might suggest. As a result, it reads like an Academic paper with the occassional flash of artistry.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The material could be condensed into half or 2/3 volume while not losing thrust. A heavy reliance on transcripts/interviews/etc comes across.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Cassandra Campbell?

Yes, her efforts to inflect a Chicano/a accent into the characters dialogue should be noted. 1 thing though; "Tule" is not prounounced "tool", it's "Two-Lee". Gracias

Could you see Blood in the Fields being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes - more artistic license might actually breath some compelling life into the featured characters.

Any additional comments?

Not a bad book, but I'd skip it unless you are pursuing a career in Law Enforcement, Legal, and/or Social Services.

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  • Sean
  • 27-04-2021

Absolutely captivating

Julia did a fucking amazing job writing this I can’t say enough to completely convey my appreciation of this complete masterpiece of writings.

Cassandra did a lovely job with her cholo and Chicano accents throughout the whole thing; amazing job Ms Campbell!

You guys rock thanks for such a entertaining book

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  • Damian
  • 07-04-2021

Who came up with the idea this book...

...should be read by a female narrator? Alright, the author is a woman...and clearly she did her homework...but the accents, delivery and “male” voice of Cassandra Campbell ruins the story. I’ll admit that having grown up in a tough, rural Barrio myself, I am perhaps an stringent critic, but...Lord...Ms. Campbell’s delivery made me think she was reading a romance...no, wait, a child’s fairy tale. Awful.

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  • Chayin O.
  • 04-04-2021

Salinas grown

I grew up in Salinas. This book was very eye opening. Growing up in the "salad bowl" you would have to be blind not to see that there's a crime problem. We grew up not understanding why we were so edgy and upset all the time. The environment was toxic and never did I realize fully to what extent. My mother would always question why as adult men my two brothers and I would tell stories of hairy situations and close calls. Until she sat and listened with me did she know that we weren't embellishing these stories. Brought a new meaning for me to the term reading is fundamental.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-2021

great story awful narrator

this story should have been read by someone who at least understands lingo. what is Amazing Story someone wrote only to be tarnished and almost ruined buy a horrible narrator.

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  • Trinity Paasman
  • 09-03-2021

Informative Documentary

This book covers a 10 year time span in view of gang members. It’s a great inside look, but it’s sad of course. I recommend it.

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  • Dustin E.
  • 04-03-2021

Cassandra Campbell Sucks!

Cassandra Campbell is no Cholo! She tries way too hard to sound gangster. Had a hard time listening to her.

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