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A Long Petal of the Sea

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New York Times best seller From the author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home. Named One of the Best Books of the Year by Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Parade "One of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date, and one of the strongest and most affecting works in [Isabel Allende’s] long career." (The New York Times Book Review) In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. Together with 2,000 other refugees, Roser and Victor embark for Chile on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda: "the long petal of sea and wine and snow." As unlikely partners, the couple embraces exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war. Starting over on a new continent, they face trial after trial, but they will also find joy as they patiently await the day when they might go home. Through it all, their hope of returning to Spain keeps them going. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along. A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers. Praise for A Long Petal of the Sea "Both an intimate look at the relationship between one man and one woman and an epic story of love, war, family, and the search for home, this gorgeous novel, like all the best novels, transports the reader to another time and place, and also sheds light on the way we live now." (J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Saints for All Occasions) "This is a novel not just for those of us who have been Allende fans for decades, but also for those who are brand-new to her work: What a joy it must be to come upon Allende for the first time. She knows that all stories are love stories, and the greatest love stories are told by time." (Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of Let the Great World Spin)

©2020 Isabel Allende (P)2020 Random House Audio

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The House of the Spirits

54 ratings

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The unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world's most gifted and imaginative storytellers. The House of the Spirits brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter, Blanca, embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter, Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future. One of the most important novels of the 20th century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

©1982 Isabel Allende (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
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La ninfa de porcelana [The Porcelain Nymph]

44 ratings

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Este es el audiolibro del cuento reproducido en el libro de colorear para adultos La ninfa de porcelana de Isabel Allende narrado por ella misma. Un verdadero regalo para sus lectores que recomendamos escuchar mientras se le da color a la historia. "Don Cornelio siempre ha ocupado un lugar distinguido en mi corazón. Cuando lo conocí era un caballero miope, vestido con un traje gris con catorce bolsillos. Vivía en una pensión de mi barrio y nosotros, sus vecinos, ajustábamos los relojes cuando él pasaba por la mañana. Jamás se adelantaba ni atrasaba. Salía a las ocho y tres minutos en punto, echaba a andar hacia la esquina midiendo los pasos, y tomaba el autobús a su trabajo." Bienvenidos a la historia de un hombre gris, cuya vida da un maravilloso vuelco un día de otoño: ha conocido a alguien. Pero no es un alguien cualquiera. Es una ninfa llamada Fantasía, que parece decidida a dar color a su vida.Disfruta del audiolibro de esta mágica nueva aventura de Isabel Allende al tiempo que coloreas tú también el universo de don Cornelio. Siguiendo sus pasos, no solo verás con otros ojos el mundo que nos rodea, sino que podrás dar rienda suelta a tu imaginación y liberar al artista que llevas dentro. Las regalías de la autora correspondientes a esta obra se destinan íntegramente a la Fundación Isabel Allende (isabelallendefoundation.org), cuya misión es ayudar a mujeres y niñas de alto riesgo. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1983, 2017 Isabel Allende (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Isabel Allende
Length: 24 mins
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The Japanese Lover

39 ratings

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From New York Times and internationally best-selling author Isabel Allende, an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War. In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family - like thousands of other Japanese Americans - are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world. Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco's charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly 70 years. Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. Written with the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits, The Japanese Lover is a profoundly moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.

©2015 Isabel Allende (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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In the Midst of Winter

20 ratings

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New York Times and worldwide best-selling author Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil that offers “a timely message about immigration and the meaning of home” (People).  During the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his 60s, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, and what at first seems an inconvenience takes a more serious turn when Evelyn comes to his house, seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant, Lucia Maraz, a fellow academic from Chile, for her advice.  As these three lives intertwine, each will discover truths about how they have been shaped by the tragedies they witnessed, and Richard and Lucia will find unexpected, long overdue love. Allende returns here to themes that have propelled some of her finest work: political injustice, the art of survival, and the essential nature of — and our need for — love.

©2017 Isabel Allende (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Island Beneath the Sea

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Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarit - known as Tt - is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tt finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves. When 20-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, its with powdered wigs in his baggage and dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his fathers plantation, Saint Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy. It will be eight years before he brings home a bride - but marriage, too, proves more difficult than he imagined. And Valmorain remains dependent on the services of his teenaged slave. Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of Tt and Valmorain, and of one woman's determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruellest of circumstances.

©2010 Isabel Allende (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
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Paula (Spanish Edition)

7 ratings

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Un autorretrato de insólita emotividad al tiempo que exquisita recreación de la sensibilidad de las mujeres de nuestra época. «Aquí está todo lo que debe tener un libro: oído, perspectiva, cabeza, corazón y una humanidad sin límites.» (The New York Times) Cualquier libro de Isabel Allende es un acontecimiento. Paula lo es especialmente porque se trata del más conmovedor, más personal y más íntimo de todos los que ha publicado hasta la fecha. Cuando la gran autora chilena se encontraba en España con ocasión de la presentación de El plan infinito, su hija entró en estado de coma. Junto al lecho de Paula, mientras seguía con angustia la evolución de su enfermedad, Isabel Allende comenzó a redactar en un cuaderno una historia de su familia y de sí misma con el propósito de regalársela a su hija una vez superara el dramático trance. Sin embargo, éste se prolongó durante meses y los apuntes de la autora acabaron convirtiéndose en este libro apasionante y revelador. Isabel Allende ejerce aquí su prodigioso talento narrativo para recuperar y asumir sus propias vivencias como mujer y como escritora, así como las de su familia y las de la historia reciente de su país. Autorretrato de insólita emotividad al tiempo que exquisita recreación de la sensibilidad de las mujeres de nuestra época, Paula perdura en el ánimo del lector con la intensidad de una experiencia indeleble. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1994 Isabel Allende (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
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Hija de la Fortuna [Daughter of Fortune]

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Un retrato palpitante de una época marcada por la violencia y la codicia, con entrañables personajes. Eliza Sommers es una joven chilena que vive en Valparaíso en 1849, el año en que se descubre oro en California. Su amante, Joaquín Andieta, parte hacia el norte decidido a encontrar fortuna, y ella decide seguirlo. El viaje infernal, escondida en la cala de un velero, y la búsqueda de su amante en una tierra de hombres solos y prostitutas atraídos por la fiebre del oro, transforman a la joven inocente en una mujer fuera de lo común. Eliza recibe ayuda y afecto de Tao Chi'en, un médico chino, quien la conducirá de la mano en un itinerario memorable por los misterios y contradicciones de la condición humana.Hija de la Fortuna es un retrato palpitante de una época marcada por la violencia y la codicia en la cual los protagonistas rescatan el amor, la amistad, la compasión y el valor. En esta su más ambiciosa novela, Isabel Allende presenta un universo fascinante, poblado de entrañables personajes que, como tantos otros de la autora, se quedan para siempre en la memoria y el corazón de los lectores. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1998 Isabel Allende (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
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Maya's Notebook

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To escape a life of drugs, crime, and prostitution, 19-year-old Maya Vidal flees California to a remote island off the west coast of Chile. There, in the company of a torture survivor, a lame dog, and other unforgettable characters, Maya writes her story, which includes pursuit by a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol. In the process, she unveils a terrible family secret, she comes to understand the meaning of love and loyalty, and she initiates the greatest adventure of her life: the journey into her own soul.

©2013 Isabel Allende (P)2013 HarperCollins Canada

Narrator: Maria Cabezas
Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
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Daughter of Fortune

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabelle Allende, comes a passionate tale of one young woman's quest to save her lover set against the chaos of the 1849 California Gold Rush. Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaquín Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaquín takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him. As Eliza embarks on her perilous journey north in the hold of a ship and arrives in the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco, she must navigate a society dominated by greedy men. But Eliza soon catches on with the help of her natural spirit and a good friend, the Chinese doctor Tao Chi’en. What began as a search for love ends up as the conquest of personal freedom. A marvel of storytelling, Daughter of Fortune confirms once again Isabel Allende's extraordinary gift for fiction and her place as one of the world's leading writers.

©2014 Isabel Allende (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
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La isla bajo el mar [The Island Beneath the Sea]

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La azarosa historia de una esclava en el Santo Domingo del siglo XVIII que logrará librarse de los estigmas que la sociedad le ha impuesto para conseguir la libertad. Para ser una esclava en el Saint-Domingue de finales del siglo XVIII, Zarité había tenido buena estrella: a los nueve años fue vendida a Toulouse Valmorain, un rico terrateniente, pero no conoció ni el agotamiento de las plantaciones de caña ni la asfixia y el sufrimiento de los trapiches, porque siempre fue una esclava doméstica. Su bondad natural, fortaleza de espíritu y honradez le permitieron compartir los secretos y la espiritualidad que ayudaban a sobrevivir a los suyos, los esclavos, y conocer las miserias de los amos, los blancos. Zarité se convirtió en el centro de un microcosmos que era un reflejo del mundo de la colonia: el amo Valmorain, su frágil esposa española y su sensible hijo Maurice, el sabio Parmentier, el militar Relais y la cortesana mulata Violette, Tante Rose, la curandera, Gambo, el apuesto esclavo rebelde... y otros personajes de una cruel conflagración que acabaría arrasando su tierra y lanzándolos lejos de ella. Al ser llevada por su amo a Nueva Orleans, Zarité inició una nueva etapa en la que alcanzaría su mayor aspiración: la libertad. Más allá del dolor y del amor, de la sumisión y la independencia, de sus deseos y los que le habían impuesto a lo largo de su vida, Zarité podía contemplarla con serenidad y concluir que había tenido buena estrella. «En mis cuarenta años, yo, Zarité Sedella, he tenido mejor suerte que otras esclavas. Voy a vivir largamente y mi vejez será contenta porque mi estrella -mi z'etoile- brilla también cuando la noche está nublada. Conozco el gusto de estar con el hombre escogido por mi corazón cuando sus manos grandes me despiertan la piel. He tenido cuatro hijos y un nieto, y los que están vivos son libres. Mi primer recuerdo de felicidad, cuando era una mocosa huesuda y desgreñada, es moverme al son de los tambores y ésa es también mi más reciente felicidad, porque anoche estuve en la plaza del Congo bailando y bailando, sin pensamientos en la cabeza, y hoy mi cuerpo está caliente y cansado.» (Reseña) «Un canto a la libertad.» (El Mundo) Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2009 Isabel Allende (P)2016 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

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El cuaderno de Maya [Maya's Notebook]

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Un pasado persiguiéndola. Un futuro aún por construir. Y un cuaderno para escribir toda una vida. "Soy Maya Vidal, diecinueve años, sexo femenino, soltera, sin un enamorado, por falta de oportunidades y no por quisquillosa, nacida en Berkeley, California, pasaporte estadounidense, temporalmente refugiada en una isla al sur del mundo. Me pusieron Maya porque a mi Nini le atrae la India y a mis padres no se les ocurrió otro nombre, aunque tuvieron nueve meses para pensarlo. En hindi, maya significa 'hechizo, ilusión, sueño'. Nada que ver con mi carácter. Atila me calzaría mejor, porque donde pongo el pie no sale más pasto." "Esta Maya me ha hecho sufrir más que ningún otro de mis personajes. En algunas escenas le habría dado unas cachetadas para hacerla entrar en razón, y en otras la habría envuelto en un apretado abrazo para protegerla del mundo y de su propio corazón atolondrado." Isabel Allende Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2011 Isabel Allende (P)2016 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Catalina Munoz
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
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The Soul of a Woman

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From the New York Times best-selling author of A Long Petal of the Sea comes a passionate and inspiring meditation on what it means to be a woman. “When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating”, begins Isabel Allende. As a child, she watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children without “resources or voice”. Isabel became a fierce and defiant little girl, determined to fight for the life her mother couldn’t have.  As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s, she rode the second wave of feminism. Among a tribe of likeminded female journalists, Allende for the first time felt comfortable in her own skin, as they wrote “with a knife between our teeth” about women’s issues. She has seen what the movement has accomplished in the course of her lifetime. And over the course of three passionate marriages, she has learned how to grow as a woman while having a partner, when to step away, and the rewards of embracing one’s sexuality.  So what feeds the soul of feminists - and all women - today? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over our bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work yet to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will “light the torches of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished”.

©2021 Isabel Allende (P)2021 Random House Audio

Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
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La Ciudad de las Bestias [The City of the Beasts]

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Escucha la primera entrega de las «Memorias del Águila y el Jaguar», en la que Alexander Cold va a vivir una aventura que jamás olvidará. Las mejores novelas contemporáneas en formato audiolibro. Alexander Cold es un muchacho americano de quince años que parte al Amazonas con su abuela Kate, periodista especializada en viajes. La expedición se interna en la selva en busca de una extraña bestia gigantesca. Junto a su compañera de viaje, Nadia Santos, y un centenario chamán indígena, Alex conocerá un mundo sorprendente. El universo ya conocido de Isabel Allende se amplía en La Ciudad de las bestias con nuevos elementos de realismo mágico, aventura y naturaleza. Los jóvenes protagonistas, Nadia y Alexander, se internan en la inexplorada selva amazónica llevando de la mano al lector en un viaje sin pausa por un territorio misterios donde se borran los límites entre la realidad y el sueño, donde hombres y dioses se confunden, donde los espíritus andan de la mano con los vivos. «Aquí está todo lo que soy yo: toda mi manera de ser y de ver el mundo.» Isabel Allende Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2002 Isabel Allende (P)2018 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S. A.

Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
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Portrait in Sepia

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"Portrait in Sepia is the best book Allende has published in the United States since her first novel of nearly two decades ago, The House of the Spirits." (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World) "Portrait in Sepia tightens the weave of a multigenerational fantasy as complete and inspiring as the real world it parallels.... Allende's enchanting historical universe keeps expanding and Portrait in Sepia is a new galactic jewel." (Chicago Tribune) In this sequel to Daughter of Fortune, New York Times best-selling author, Isabel Allende, continues her magic with this spellbinding family saga set against war and economic hardship. Aurora del Valle suffers a brutal trauma that erases from her mind all recollection of the first five years of her life. Raised by her ambitious grandmother, the regal and commanding Paulina del Valle, she grows up in a privileged environment, free of the limitations that circumscribe the lives of women at that time, but tormented by horrible nightmares. When she is forced to recognize her betrayal at the hands of the man she loves, and to cope with the resulting solitude, she decides to explore the mystery of her past.  Portrait in Sepia is an extraordinary achievement: richly detailed, epic in scope, intimate in its probing of human character, and thrilling in the way it illuminates the complexity of family ties.

©2001 Isabel Allende (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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Eva Luna

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En Eva Luna, su tercera novela, Isabel Allende recupera su país a través de la memoria y la imaginación. La cautivadora protagonista de esta historia constituye un nostálgico álter ego de la autora, que se llama a sí misma «ladrona de historias» precisamente porque en las historias radica el secreto de la vida y el mundo.Novela de hondo perfil humano, Eva Luna funde el destino individual con el colectivo mediante una fulgurante prosa de carácter épico. Sin duda, una de las mejores obras de la literatura latinoamericana de los últimos años. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1989 Isabel Allende (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Juanita Devis
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
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The Infinite Plan

1 rating

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"Allende is one of the most important novelists to emerge from Latin America in the past decade." (Boston Globe) An enthralling tale of one man's search for love and his struggle to contend with the pain and deprivation that shaped him. Born in the Hispanic barrio of Los Angeles, Gregory Reeves grew up in poverty, survived the killing fields of Vietnam, and is now a lawyer in San Francisco. Though he has successfully survived this hard journey, Gregory’s life has suddenly gone off the rails thanks to an illusory and wrongheaded quest that has left him feeling lost and listless. To find what he is missing and what his heart truly wants, he must return to his roots. Only by excavating the past can he see the way to his future. 

©2014 Isabel Allende (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
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Retrato en Sepia [Portrait in Sepia]

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Narrada en la voz de una joven mujer, ésta es una magnífica novela histórica, y una portentosa saga familiar en la que reencontramos algunos personajes de Hija de la fortuna y de La casa de los espíritus, novelas cumbres en la obra de Isabel Allende. En el Chile del siglo XIX, Aurora del Valle sufre un trauma brutal que borra de su mente los primeros cinco años de su vida. Criada por su ambiciosa abuela, Paulina del Valle, crece en un ambiente privilegiado, libre de muchas de las limitaciones que oprimen a las mujeres de su época pero atormentada por horribles pesadillas. Cuando debe afrontar la traición del hombre al que ama y la soledad, Aurora decide explorar el misterio de su pasado. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2000 Isabel Allende (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Javiera Gazitua
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
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Paula

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“Beautiful and heartrending.... Memoir, autobiography, epicedium, perhaps even some fiction: they are all here, and they are all quite wonderful." (Los Angeles Times) In this literary classic, New York Times best-selling author Isabel Allende recalls the story of her beloved daughter and her remarkable family’s past. When her daughter, Paula, became gravely ill and fell into a coma, Isabel Allende began to write the story of her family for her unconscious child. Bizarre ancestors are introduced; delightful and bitter childhood memories are shared; amazing anecdotes of youthful years are relived, and the most intimate secrets are quietly passed along. Like Allende’s first novel, The House of the Spirits, this powerful memoir is infused with the real, the magical, and the spiritual, creating a haunting, sad, and beautiful tale.

©2012 Isabel Allende (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
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Of Love and Shadows

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This profoundly moving tale of love, bravery, and tragedy by New York Times best-selling author Isabel Allende brings to life a country ruled with an iron fist - and the men and women who dare to challenge it. Irene Beltrán is a force to be reckoned with. As a magazine journalist, an unusual profession for a woman with her privileged upbringing, she is constantly challenging the oppressive regime. Her investigative partner is photographer Francisco Leal, the son of impoverished Spanish Marxist émigrés. Together, they are an inseparable team and - despite Irene’s engagement to an army captain - form a passionate connection. When an assignment leads them to uncover an unspeakable crime, they are determined to reveal the truth in a nation overrun by terror and violence. Together, they will risk everything for justice - and, ultimately, to embrace the passion that binds them.

©2015 Isabel Allende (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Cynthia Farrell
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
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L'amante giapponese

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L'epica storia d'amore tra la giovane Alma Belasco e il giardiniere giapponese Ichimei: una vicenda che trascende il tempo e che spazia dalla Polonia della Seconda guerra mondiale alla San Francisco dei nostri giorni. >> Questo audiobook in edizione integrale vi è offerto in esclusiva per Audible ed è disponibile solamente in formato audio digitale.

©2015 Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore S.r.l. Tradotto da Elena Liverani (P)2016 Audible Studios

Narrator: Viola Graziosi
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
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Ines of My Soul

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“Powerfully evocative.... Allende is at her best here; spinning words like spells, enthralling the reader with surreal visions of the New World.” (Newsweek) A passionate epic of love, freedom, and conquest, based on historical events, from the New York Times best-selling author of The House of the Spirits and A Long Petal of the Sea. Though she was born into poverty, Inés Suárez, a seamstress in 16th-century Spain, embodies the same restless hope and opportunism that fuels her nation’s conquest of the Americas.  Learning that her shiftless husband has vanished, Inés uses his disappearance to embark on her own adventure. It is a journey will lead her to Pedro de Valdivia - a conquistador who becomes the first royal governor of Chile - and to a love that not only changes her life but the course of history.  

©2014 Isabel Allende (P)2019 HarperAudio

Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
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El plan infinito [The Infinite Plan]

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Historia de grandiosa concepción, El plan infinito recrea medio siglo de la sociedad norteamericana en la vida de su protagonista.Ésta es la historia de Gregory Reeves, un gringo que sobrevive en el difícil mundo de los hispanos de California. Gregory quiere llevar a la práctica el peculiar "plan infinito» que se trazó a sí mismo en su infancia. Sin embargo, para conseguirlo debe recorrer un duro camino lleno de obstáculos: la marginación social, el racismo, el brutal contraste entre pobreza y riqueza o la guerra de Vietnam.Reseña:"Sin ninguna duda, esta novela ambiciosa y totalizadora certifica la plena madurez de Isabel Allende, que conquista por mérito propio un sólido espacio en la escritura del continente mestizo.» Nelson Marra, El Mundo Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2011 Isabel Allende (P)2016 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
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El juego de Ripper

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Tal como predijo la astróloga más reputada de San Francisco, una oleada de crímenes comienza a sacudir la ciudad. En la investigación sobre los asesinatos, el inspector Bob Martín recibirá la ayuda inesperada de un grupo de internautas especializados en juegos de rol, Ripper. ""Mi madre todavía está viva, pero la matarán el Viernes Santo a medianoche", le advirtió Amanda Martín al inspector jefe y éste no lo puso en duda, porque la chica había dado pruebas de saber más que él y todos sus colegas del Departamento de Homicidios. La mujer estaba cautiva en algún punto de los dieciocho mil kilómetros cuadrados de la bahía de San Francisco, tenían pocas horas para encontrarla con vida y él no sabía por dónde empezar a buscarla." Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2013 Isabel Allende (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Catalina Munoz
Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
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El Bosque de los Pigmeos [Forest of the Pygmies]

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Con El Bosque de los Pigmeos, Isabel Allende cierra la trilogía «Memorias del Águila y el Jaguar». Esta vez Alexander y Nadia acompañan a Kate al corazón de África. África Ecuatorial. Hasta allí se han trasladado Nadia, Alexander y su abuela Kate para disfrutar del primer safari en elefante. Kenia es una fiesta de color: bella y sensual, una mezcla de sabores, olores y sonidos inunda cada rincón de esta tierra. Sin embargo, este paraíso también esconde sus sombras. Y la primera señal llegará con las enigmáticas palabras de una sacerdotisa vudú: les espera una durísima prueba, la que les enfrentará al temible monstruo de tres cabezas. Escucha ahora esta novela de Isabel Allende, una de las voces más representativas de la literatura contemporánea, que supone un broche de oro a la trilogía «Memorias del Águila y el Jaguar», que inició con La Ciudad de las Bestias y El Reino del Dragón de Oro. A través de los ojos de Nadia y Alexander hemos descubierto que el hombre puede ser codicioso, corrupto, malvado y siniestro, pero también hemos conocido a almas que saben escuchar con el corazón, que entienden que el respeto y la solidaridad son la única forma de caminar y que apuestan por un mundo definitivamente mejor. Los mejores autores contemporáneos disponibles para escuchar La crítica ha dicho... «Plagado de acción y enrevesada trama, El Bosque de los Pigmeos es una montaña rusa de aventuras.» (Newsweek) Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2004 Isabel Allende (P)2018 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial S. A.U.

Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
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De amor y de sombra [Of Love and Shadows]

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Ésta es la historia de una mujer y de un hombre que se amaron en plenitud, salvándose así de una existencia vulgar. Segunda novela de Isabel Allende, De amor y de sombra es un agudo testimonio de las dramáticas situaciones que se viven en ciertas regiones de América latina, al tiempo que un canto de amor y de esperanza. Con ternura e impecable factura literaria, Isabel Allende perfila el destino de sus personajes como parte indisoluble del destino colectivo de un continente marcado por el mestizaje, las injusticias sociales y la búsqueda de la propia identidad. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1984 Isabel Allende (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S. A.

Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
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Paula

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Paula, nata il 22 ottobre 1963, è una ragazza felice, innamorata del marito, appassionata del suo lavoro. La sua è una vita semplice, che non ha niente a che vedere con quella di sua madre Isabel. Due donne, due destini diversi. Improvvisamente Paula si ammala di una malattia gravissima, la porfiria, che la trascina in un coma da cui non c'è ritorno. Isabel accorre al suo capezzale per cercare di trattenerla in vita, o forse per accompagnarla dolcemente verso la fine... Con la scrittura la madre scrittrice cerca di "distrarre la morte", cerca di trovare un senso a una tale insensata tragedia: grazie alla magia della parola evoca tutti i componenti della sua esuberante e bizzarra famiglia perché circondino Paula, superando i confini individuali di vita e di morte.   >> Questo audiobook in edizione integrale vi è offerto in esclusiva per Audible ed è disponibile solamente in formato audio digitale. 

©2014 Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore S.r.l. Tradotto da Gianni Guadalupi (P)2018 Audible Studios

Narrator: Viola Graziosi
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
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Paula

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I Paula fortæller Isabel Allende dels den bevægende historie om datteren Paulas sygdom og om hendes død efter et års bevidstløshed, dels historien om sin egen barndom og ungdom i Chile - skrevet i håbet om, at Paula en dag ville blive rask nok til at læse den. På højde med Åndernes hus, et omfangsrigt vidnesbyrd om et omtumlet liv, fortalt i Isabel Allendes særlige raske stil, der river læseren med i både gråd og latter.

©2020 Gyldendal (P)2020 Gyldendal

Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
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In Giving I Connect with Others

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This essay comes from the NPR series This I Believe, which features brief personal reflections from both famous and unknown Americans. The pieces that make up the series compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.

©2006 This I Believe Inc. (P)2006 This I Believe Inc., Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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Il piano infinito

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Il protagonista, Gregory Reeves, è un gringo che incarna molti dei difetti e delle virtù della nostra società degli ultimi cinquant'anni. La vicenda si svolge in un arco di tempo che va dalla bomba su Hiroshima fino ai giorni nostri, passando attraverso le contestazioni del '68 e la guerra in Vietnam. L'autrice affronta i sentimenti dell'emarginazione sociale e del razzismo, la politica, i contrasti tra opulenza e miseria, l'evoluzione del concetto di famiglia, l'incessante ricerca di amore e di equilibrio interiore.

©2014 Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore S.r.l. Tradotto da Edda Cicogna (P)2019 Audible Studios

Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
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Cuentos de Eva Luna [The Stories of Eva Luna]

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Veintitrés relatos de amor y violencia secretamente entrelazados por un fino hilo narrativo y un rico lenguaje que recrea azarosas peripecias en un mundo exuberante y voluptuoso. Una niña solitaria se enamora del amante de su madre y practica misteriosas ceremonias rituales; una mujer permanece medio siglo encerrada en un sótano, víctima de un caudillo celoso; en el fragor de una batalla, un hombre viola a una muchacha y mata a su padre.... Éstas son algunas de las historias reunidas en este volumen, que recupera con pulso vibrante los inolvidables protagonistas de la novela Eva Luna: Rolf Carlé, la maestra Inés, el Benefactor...Reseña: "Estos cuentos son delicados, sus imágenes parecen poesía. Y, como la poesía, esta prosa requiere la más cuidadosa atención." -Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1989 Isabel Allende (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Juanita Devis
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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Balam, Spring

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Balam is a sleepy town on the eastern coast of Atlua, surrounded by forest and sea. It's a village where nothing happens and everybody knows each other. But now, people are dying.

School is out for the spring, and schoolteacher Theodore Saen is ready to spend the next few months relaxing with his family. But when the town's resident white mage falls ill and several townspeople begin to show similar symptoms, they must call on a new mage. Aava has freshly graduated from the nearby mage academy when she is swiftly hired to deduce the cause of the unknown illness and craft a cure before the entire town is afflicted. Aiding her is an ex-mercenary named Ryckert who keeps to himself but has grown bored with retirement and is itching for a new investigation when a suspicious young man appears in the local pub the same night the sickness begins to spread.

On top of it all, whatever is causing the sickness seems to be attracting strange insectoid creatures from the surrounding woods, desecrating the bodies of the victims and tearing through anyone unlucky enough to cross their path. Theo, Aava, and Ryckert must come together to discover the cause of the illness and put a stop to it before there is nobody left alive in Balam.

©2018 Travis Riddle (P)2019 Travis Riddle

Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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