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My Bloody Life

The Making of a Latin King
Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Looking for an escape from childhood abuse, Reymundo Sanchez turned away from school and baseball to drugs, alcohol, and then sex and was left to fend for himself before age 14. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became his refuge and his world, but its violence cost him friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly his life. This is a raw and powerful odyssey through the ranks of the new Mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs are members of your own gang, who in one breath will say they'll die for you and in the next will order your assassination.

Contains mature themes.

©2000 Reymundo Sanchez (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

“A slow-motion riot of drugs, sex, and gunplay." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Jaccred
  • 17-02-2017

I keep mulling it over and what it means

Couldn't stop listening to it once I started and now can't get it out of my mind. Lots of violence, sex and drugs - and teenagers dying.

I guess this is what it's like in Chicago if you're a kid who doesn't really belong anywhere and there's a park in walking distance. Wow, there's a whole life waiting for you at the park if you're young and can be fearless in the right situations.

I'm glad the author gave an account of his life over a period of years so I could see that once one is essentially used up by the gang, they don't need you anymore. Replacements are on the way; you're fully expendable.

It's real life but at a much, much faster pace. Maybe that's why it won't leave my mind yet, because I'm still trying to integrate what I learned with what I already thought I knew. And I'm doing what probably any listener would do, which is to try to conjure up a way for society or government or somebody to provide some better options than what the gangs provide.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2017

great story

I truly got into this book. i wish thr narrator had been someone more familiar with, at the minimum the actual names of shine of these streets. i am from this neighborhood and it killed me to hear, over and over ,the mispronounced streets and names of some of the characters. the narration could have made this book audible version more enjoyable. phenomenal story.

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  • Pedro Jimenez
  • 10-05-2017

Great

Very good book, read a while ago but listening to it is like a movie in your head. They need to narrate the the sequel, Once a King Always a King

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  • Rogelio Marcos
  • 21-12-2018

Great story for people from the hood<br />

I read this book when I was in my early twenties and decide to give it another go in my thirties. TBH it was still a good read but the narrator in this Audio book really takes you away from the immersion. Rudy Sanda was a bad choice for this sort of story that should have been read by someone who at least knows how to speak the proper accents for such a story. Also that fact that our main character goes most of his life blaming everybody but himself kind of makes you not feel sorry for him.

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  • Violeta P.
  • 16-12-2018

interesting view from the inside

I liked the story, felt compassion for the writer. As a person that grew around that life in the same area, I've seen a lot of this kinds of acts of violence, but never understood what someone like him was thinking and feeling while committing the crimes. The only thing that I didn't like was the person narrating the book, the way he pronounced the streets, the gang names and the accent used for when he was quoting the girls. I was expecting to hear the story from a Latino from Chicago, to hear the way we say Armitage and other streets and words and to hear someone speak Spanish parts the way he did just annoyed me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-10-2018

couldn't read it

audible wouldn't let me read it kept telling me to re download tried 5 times and nothing.

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  • M.RN
  • 13-10-2018

Narration

Liked the heart rending story, hated the narration. Were it not for the intriguing story I would have asked for my money back.... if you’re reading a story, make an effort to pronounce names as the ‘original’ would! HATED the way he pronounced the Spanish nick names!!

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  • Rachael_Roc
  • 21-08-2018

Great

I don’t write many reviews I just really liked this book it really made time pass quickly it’s full of action and a good story with a great message

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  • Anika Tellis
  • 21-08-2018

best book I've heard this year!!!

Great Narrator, great story, sad and real!! loved your story, thanks for sharing, I will recommend this book to everyone I know. we need more books like this one!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-2018

Very real.

I like the narrators voice I feel like it depicted the character in the story very well. The story itself was exactly what it said it was going to be. The casual talk helped paint a picture. Over all I liked the book. If you want a very graphic idea from the kids perspective on what it’s like to be a Latin King this is probably your book.