All the Crooked Saints

by | Read by Thom Rivera

Published by Scholastic Audiobooks

Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado, is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo. They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

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AudioFile Review

All the Crooked Saints

Stiefvater’s dreamy novel has a huge cast of characters, and narrator Thom Rivera gives each one a distinct voice. In 1962, a disc jockey fleeing fame and a teenage hitchhiker with a hole in his heart arrive in Bicho Raro, a tiny desert town where a family of Mexican-American saints offers miracles to those who need them. Rivera’s female voices are not as smooth or natural as his voices for the male characters, but they are clear and distinguishable. His use of a Chicano accent grounds the Soria family’s Mexican heritage, and his excellent pacing conveys the emotion in the story’s mythic moments. Stiefvater’s many fans will find this an engaging and moving listen. E.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

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