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
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.
Not an audible book, but in paper, I may. Though not for a while.
To start with another narrator
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.
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.
If she had a good story to tell .
Not much. The book is "flat" and irrelevant
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 .
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.
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
Yes, definitely I have read some of her books and loved them.
No - I just couldn't listen for long without my attention drifting away - there is no depth / modulation to her reading
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!
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