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Publisher's Summary

La primera novela de Isabel Allende narra la saga de una poderosa familia de terratenientes. El despótico patriarca Esteban Trueba ha construido con mano de hierro un imperio privado que empieza a tambalearse con el paso del tiempo y un entorno social explosivo. Finalmente, la decadencia personal del patriarca arrastrará a los Trueba a una dolorosa desintegración. Atrapados en unas dramáticas relaciones familiares, los personajes de este poderoso audiolibro encarnan las tensiones sociales y espirituales de una época que abarca gran parte de este siglo.Introducción al audiolibro por parte de Isabel Allende. La casa de los espíritus fue adaptada al cine en una película protagonizada por Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep y Antonio Banderas.

Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1982 Isabel Allende (P)2014 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

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Excelente!

Excelente historia y narración! No debí esperarme tanto para escuchar el audio libro, lo recomiendo!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I could not stop listening this book. I love it...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this book because it takes you to another world. It makes you feel the magic the characters live in.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clara was my favorite character because she was smart, happy and she always got what she wanted.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Cuento mágico sobre una familia y su país

Recuerdo haber leído esta historia en mi adolescencia, cuando estaba completamente fascinada con ella. Es un mundo donde los espíritus conviven con los seres humanos, la clarividencia se hereda y cada miembro de la familia es algo excéntrico y un poco loco. La segunda lectura (o, mejor dicho, escucha) del libro es diferente pero no es menos absorbente. Ya no es el realismo mágico que sorprende tanto, porque carece de novedad e originalidad, sino la propia historia tan rica y detallada y la narración vibrante.
Lo que más me gusto fue la manera de revelar la historia de un país desde un punto de vista de tres generaciones de una familia, observar el paso del tiempo y las diferentes perspectivas a través de los ojos de varios personajes. Aunque el libro me pareció un poco largo, algunos pasajes y algunas descripciones parecen ser un poco repetitivas y abundantes. De todas formas, es uno de los libros que debería leer durante la vida. La versión de audiolibro está muy bien, con las voces auténticas de los personajes, que parecen cobrar vida.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excelente

La historia apasionante de varias generaciones en Chile, culminando en el golpte de estado que derrió a Allende. Uno de los mejoreslibros que haya leído.

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Disfruté mucho este maravilloso libro

Would you consider the audio edition of La casa de los espíritus [The House of the Spirits] to be better than the print version?

Excelente narración

What did you like best about this story?

Excelente libro. Excelente narración

Which character – as performed by Javiera Gazitua and Senén Arancibia – was your favorite?

Javiera Gazitua

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Me emocionó mucho, aunque ya lo había leído.

Any additional comments?

Es un excelente libro y una excelente producción.

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  • Carolina
  • Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 08-12-15

Beautiful magical realism with some politics

After I read Isabel del Alma Mía, I was left with a yearning to read more by Isabel Allende. Being one of the big names of Latin-American literature, it always surprises me when I thikn how long it took me to read anything of hers. I was a bit afraid of doing this one in audio, but the fact that the narrators (Javiera Gazitua and Senén Arancibia) where so good, definitely helped...plus it was nice to hear this story in my mother tongue.

The story goes through several generations in the Truebas family. Starting with the Patriarch, Esteban, a very proud, set in his ways and strong man, that starts determined to rise up from poverty and who marries Clara, the sister of his first love. Clara a complicated and amazing woman, is in contact with everything supernatural in this world, kind and magical she is the counterbalance to Esteban's character, while having strength of her own. Blanca, their first daughter and who believes in love will give Esteban headaches but also one of his greatest joys: the grand-daughter Alba. Alba, has the strength of all her ancestors and the rebellious heart of the young. While set politically against her grand-father, she loves him and will show him, in time, that a full revolution is in order.

Set in the years prior to the socialist years of Chile, the first part of the story presents all of the reasons each character has become itself. The descriptions of the fields, of the workers, are magnificent and set a beautiful backdrop to the love and hate that grows in the Truebas land. Adding this family's ups and downs to the country's changes in a masterful way, Allende gives us a good look to what the political changes meant to landowners before president Salvador Allende was elected and socialism arrived to Chile, and then the 180 turn that took after the coup d'état by Augusto Pinochet.

Just as it's common in Magical Realism, the supernatural takes the form of it's own character, but Allende makes it so that everything seems 100% plausible, including the sprits that talk to Clara. It is amazing that this was her first novel when you see how strong her voice already is. Even her secondary characters (my favorite is Tránsito Soto) leave a mark in you.

I loved this book, and once again I think part of my full enjoyment was the great work of the two narrators. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for more examples of what Magical Realism is or interested in Chile and would like to be introduced to its political story through fiction.

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  • Allan
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • 12-10-14

Excelente obra!

What made the experience of listening to La casa de los espíritus [The House of the Spirits] the most enjoyable?

La historia está muy bien escrita, es la primera obra que leo de Isabel Allende y ya compré 4 más porque es muy buena autora.<br/><br/>La narración es excelente.

What other book might you compare La casa de los espíritus [The House of the Spirits] to and why?

Las grandes obras de la literatura latinoamericana como Cien años de Soledad de Gabriel García Márquez.

Have you listened to any of Javiera Gazitua and Senén Arancibia ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, pero hacen un excelente trabajo.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Historias costumbristas latinoamericanas.

Any additional comments?

Me encantó esta obra, disfruté mucho escuchándola.<br/><br/>Gracias Audible por incluir buenas obras de reconocidos autores, es su catálogo de obras en otros idiomas. En inglés es muy completo, pero no en otros idiomas.

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Amé este libro

El libro es muy bueno. Fácil de escuchar con una gran narración de la dama que lo lee y de vez en cuando el hombre que personifica a Esteban Trueba. Lo volvería a escuchar fácilmente y lo recomiendo a cualquier persona que quiera una historia de varias generaciones con política, misterio, romance, escenas de persecución, emoción y más.

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  • DR
  • 07-28-17

Narración perfecta , quiero seguir escuchando más

Hermosa historia , me gusta la narración y el arte escrito Isabel Allende es una gran escritora lo recomiendo

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Amé este libro

Hacía mucho tiempo que no deseaba que un libro no se terminara tanto como lo deseé con este. Desde el primer capítulo me sumergí en la historia y sentí que viví medio siglo de la historia de Chile siendo varias personas y viviendo varias realidades distintas.

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  • Paolo
  • 04-09-15

Masterpiece

This is one of those books that you read and stays with you forever.. Isabelle Allende is a magician who can mix reality and fiction like the best of the alchimists.

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  • Péter
  • 02-10-17

Disappointing

This is a weak imitation of Márquez in his worst writing fase. But I kept on listening it because the novel is beautifully written. Narrators are extraordinary. The last chapter was like a caricature of the whole stuff, very thin and disappointing. Never again Allende!

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  • Nat&Col
  • 05-11-17

Sin palabras!

Este libro me dejo sin palabras y eso que yo ya conocía la historia de este hermoso país.

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  • VeicsUv9
  • 05-16-16

Magic

A magical story, with a great performance by the narrators. The novel is still as fresh (and frightening) as it would've been in 1982.