Eva Luna

A Novel
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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“A remarkable novel” (The Washington Post) from New York Times best-selling author Isabel Allende introducing her most enchanting creation, Eva Luna: a lover, a writer, a revolutionary, and above all, a storyteller - available for the first time in audiobook.

Eva Luna is the daughter of a professor’s assistant and a snakebitten gardener - born poor, orphaned at an early age, and working as a servant. Eva is a naturally gifted and imaginative storyteller who meets people from all stations and walks of life. Though she has no wealth, she trades her stories like currency with people who are kind to her. 

In this novel, she shares the story of her own life and introduces listeners to a diverse and eccentric cast of characters including the Lebanese émigré who befriends her and takes her in; her unfortunate godmother, whose brain is addled by rum and who believes in all the Catholic saints and a few of her own invention; a street urchin who grows into a petty criminal and, later, a leader in the guerrilla struggle; a celebrated transsexual entertainer who instructs her in the ways of the adult world; and a young refugee whose flight from postwar Europe will prove crucial to Eva's fate.

As Eva tells her story, Isabel Allende conjures up a whole complex South American nation - the rich, the poor, the simple, and the sophisticated - in a novel replete with character and incident, with drama and comedy and history, with battles and passions, rebellions and reunions, a novel that celebrates the power of imagination to create a better world. 

©2015 Isabel Allende (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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My Favorite Author but not my Favorite Story

I found this book to be a bit ponderous. The story was not up to Ms Allende's usual compelling style.

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Once upon a time...

Unlike typical fairy tales, this is far more honest, though its flourishes make you feel transported to another world. I loved hearing both narrators and the description and the story were simply superb. More stories need to be told like this.

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