Queen of the South

Version: Unabridged
Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte
Narrator: Lina Patel
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: June 2004
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 17 hours, 30 minutes
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The critically acclaimed, beloved, and bestselling author of The Club Dumas and The Nautical Chart delivers his most magniÞcent novel to date.

Few authors inspire the kind of passion that Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte does. Reviewers, readers, and booksellers alike have embraced his fiction as the perfect blend of suspense and literary ambition. A global bestseller, he is one of the most admired and widely read authors in the world. And his stunning new novel is his best yet.

A remarkable tale, The Queen of the South spans continents, from the dusty streets of Mexico to the sparkling waters off the coast of Morocco, to Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar. A sweeping story set to the irresistible beat of the drug smugglers' ballads, it encompasses sensuality and cruelty, love and betrayal, as its heroine's story unfolds.

Teresa Mendoza's boyfriend is a drug smuggler who the narcos of Sinaloa, Mexico, call "the king of the short runway," because he can get a plane full of coke off the ground in three hundred yards. But in a ruthless business, life can be short, and Teresa even has a special cell phone that Guero gave her along with a dark warning. If that phone rings, it means he's dead, and she'd better run, because they're coming for her next.

Then the call comes.

In order to survive, she will have to say goodbye to the old Teresa, an innocent girl who once entrusted her life to a pinche narco smuggler. She will have to find inside herself a woman who is tough enough to inhabit a world as ugly and dangerous as that of the narcos-a woman she never before knew existed. Indeed, the woman who emerges will surprise even those who know her legend, that of the Queen of the South.

Reviews (8)

Great Book!

Written by Anonymous on April 13th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Outstanding, beautifully written, held my attention for many hours!

Worth It

Written by O'Brians Girl on April 7th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Queen of the South had a lot of detail, some of which I thought was unneeded and really didn't contribute much to the story. The author did a good job however, fleshing out the main character and despite my prudish nature I thought the foul language was essential considering this was a drug runners story. The main character was, in my opinion a psychopath but you wanted to like her regardless. All through the book she lacked any depth of feeling for those close to her even when they sacrificed themselves to save her. The end was a bit of a let down, but it was a good journey and worth the read. The narrator was a poor choice because when she switched from one character to another you couldn't follow the transition and had to guess who was speaking. All in all it was a good story.

A Woman of Power

Written by The Bookie on April 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is my fourth Auturo Perez-Reverte novel and I have enjoyed all of them. As an author he researches whatever topic his novels explores so that we learn a lot about it, from drug smuggling to renaissance art or sword play he teaches us about all of them. I like how some of books use a connection to the works of Alexander Dumas,who is one of my favorite authors, as a plot device. His books almost always have a slow dramatic buildup while he throughly introduces us to his characters. In "Queen of the South" Teresa Mendoza begins as the naive girlfriend of a narcotics smuggler who had never given much thought to how she was living and the possible consequences of his actions or her own. When the poo hits the fan she takes the one chance left to her by her boyfriend and uses it to escape to another world where she becomes aware of and begins to develop and use own personal power.


Written by Anonymous from Bronx, NY on September 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I don't get this "critically acclaimed" stuff. This is one of the worst novels I've 'read' in a while. I got through one CD and shipped it back. The writing is horrible. You stick and gun in somebody's hand dress it up with drugs and sex call it writing. God help us if this s***t is selling...

Queen of the South

Written by Kathleen Bugar on June 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Perez-Reverte has written some great books but I do not rank this one at the top of his efforts. I felt it dragged a bit in the middle and was entirely too long. Having said that, it is a real eye opener about the Mexican and Spanish drug culture.

Queen of the South

Written by Anonymous from Falls Church, VA on September 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Queen of the South is a slow-paced read, with shallow characters, and a pointless plot. Don't bother.

Queen of the South

Written by Anonymous from Montverde, FL on May 3rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a fabulous book. The characters and plot are interesting and exciting. The language reflects a great writer. Highly recommended.

This is a master book by a master author!

Written by Anonymous on February 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I had purchased this book and virtually abandoned my husband as I was so glued to it. Mr. Reverte is an author like no other. And this book takes you on a journey that is wrought with danger and desperation, but you can't help but keep pulling for Tereza. This is totally worth it!

Author Details

Author Details

Perez-Reverte, Arturo

Arturo PA(c)rez-Reverteas novels, including "The Queen of the South, Captain Alatriste," and "Purity of Blood," have been translated into twenty-nine languages and published in more than fifty countries. In 2003, he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.