Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing and we wanted to highlight some of our great Spanish Audio Book content. Â Almost every year at this time we like to take a look at what new offerings are out there for those that want their audio books in Spanish. Â It is not always the case that audio books get translated and I must say I am surprised that Rita Moreno’s Memoir is (as far as I can tell), not available in Spanish. Â Nonetheless the book is available in English and is fine for the many of us hybrid Spanglish folks.
Whether you are of Latino/Hispanic descent it is hard not to know who Rita Moreno is. Â She broke barriers with her role in West Side Story though some may think her role was too stereo typical. Â I am Puerto Rican so for me it was just a treat to see someone like me on the TV. Â Nowadays you can’t miss us and many have Rita to thank for that.
Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award. From Wikipedia
Her memoir is a view into a life where things weren’t as “easy” as they are now for Latino actors. Â Not only that it is a great listen because you get to hear it in her own voice since she narrates it.
Some other Spanish audio books that are highly searched for are Spanish Audio Books for Kids and Spanish Audio Bibles. Â These are available with our content provider. Â For more of our prior Hispanic Heritage Audio picks please visit our page for Hispanic Heritage Month.
As a side note if you are interested in Latino American history I would also like to mention a PBS documentary by the name of Latino Americans. Â Though this is not an audio book and I don’t think it will be produced as one, it is a great way to learn about the Latino history that really isn’t taught anywhere. Â It is also a great way to expose your children to the history that should be part of their culture. Â This is a 3 part documentary that will be airing Part 2 tomorrow Tuesday September 24th. Â You also have the opportunity to buy the whole documentary at PBS on DVD. Â PBS describes the documentary as:
LATINO AMERICANS is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.
Here is a video excerpt as well:
Update: The full documentary is now available free for viewing at PBS. You can also buy the DVDs which can make a great gift as well.
Celebrate your Hispanic heritage with music, food, books and traditions not just this “month” but all year round!