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Maya's Notebook Audiobook

Maya's Notebook

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Publisher's Summary

Neglected by her parents, 19-year-old Maya Nidal has grown up in Berkeley with her grandparents. Her grandmother Nini is a force of nature, a woman whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973. Popo, Maya's grandfather, is a gentle man whose solid, comforting presence helps calm the turbulence of Maya's adolescence.

When Popo dies of cancer, Maya goes completely off the rails, turning to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime in a downward spiral that eventually bottoms out in Las Vegas. Lost in a dangerous underworld, she is caught in the cross­hairs of warring forces. Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. Here Maya tries to make sense of the past, unravels mysterious truths about life and about her family, and embarks on her greatest adventure: The journey into her own soul.

©2013 Isabel Allende (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Natalie Chilliwack, BC, Canada 05-23-13
    Natalie Chilliwack, BC, Canada 05-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not Allende's Usual Standard"

    I usually love Allende's novels and was eager to listen to her latest work. It's okay, but it certainly doesn't match her usual standard. The story just isn't that interesting, and I'm surprised that she produced something so predictable and average. Maya's Notebook has received rave reviews on Amazon, and I'm left wondering what they read that I didn't. Dull and disappointing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R.J. Mulder 05-13-14
    R.J. Mulder 05-13-14
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    "Narrator ruins this book"
    Would you try another book from Isabel Allende and/or Maria Cabezas?

    Not an audible book, but in paper, I may. Though not for a while.


    How could the performance have been better?

    To start with another narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book because I wanted to read something else then thrillers and detectives. I read several books of Isabel Allende and I always enjoyed them. The narration of this book was so disgusting that I missed the whole story. The only thing I could hear after half an hour was this dreadful monotonous voice. Every sentence the same, ending in the same low pitch. The story itself seemed boring as well but I could not really tell.
    Don't read this is my advice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PaintPots The Hague Netherlands 07-03-13
    PaintPots The Hague Netherlands 07-03-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Beautiful writing, beautiful narration, good story"
    What did you love best about Maya's Notebook?

    The writing is simply superb and the narrator's voice brings it alive - so lovely to listen to. The "double" story line is also very interesting - the life of a drug addict and the life of recovery in Chili. Very interesting and the weaving of the two works very nicely - it keeps it interesting and is not hard to follow. I also really enjoyed learning a bit of Chili's checkered past.


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    wanda 05-06-16
    wanda 05-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Allende"

    loved this! I have always enjoyed Allende 's books and her writing...especially when she writes about Chile. she captures the times, the flavor and the sights.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara L 10-11-15
    Sara L 10-11-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Stellar"

    Excellent narration of a fascinating tale, combining history, underworld crime, and strong family connections. I would listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 01-04-14
    Alicia SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Allende lost her inspiration"
    What would have made Maya's Notebook better?

    If she had a good story to tell .


    What was most disappointing about Isabel Allende’s story?

    The story


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Not much. The book is "flat" and irrelevant


    Any additional comments?

    A good book is comprised of two parts: a good story and how the author tells the story . Allende has not "found" a good story for a long time. She was a remarkable storyteller . Maybe she should stop writing until she has something meaningful to write about .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    patrice United States 07-29-13
    patrice United States 07-29-13

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    "Always a pleasure!"

    I can never get enough Isabel Allende! This story is a modern glimpse of a young girl, entangled by drugs, bad companions and domestic abandonment. Her evolution is both heart wrenching and spiritual guided by the people who teach her big life lessons.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Karsten 06-11-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Slow pace, bland voice"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love Isabel Allende and found some of her other books truly compelling. Perhaps it's not the book but the narrator that makes this one appear lifeless. If it was available with another narrator I might give it another try


    Would you be willing to try another book from Isabel Allende? Why or why not?

    Yes, definitely I have read some of her books and loved them.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Maria Cabezas’s performances?

    No - I just couldn't listen for long without my attention drifting away - there is no depth / modulation to her reading


    Was Maya's Notebook worth the listening time?

    Not really


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    Nancy Favila 04-18-16
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    "great story!!"

    I enjoy this story. I felt bad for Maya at times and at times I wanted to slap her. The narrator was easy to understand. I wanted her to have a more Latino accent but she did a great job. The resolution was super quick and I wanted to know a little more of the aftermath. I loved the plot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    V. Bonnie King 07-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A little slow"

    A little too many details abt Chile, characters interesting but not riveting like in Ripper n The Island under the sea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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