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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    wanda 05-06-16
    wanda 05-06-16 Member Since 2017
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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 Member Since 2016

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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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    Lillian 09-14-17
    Lillian 09-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book...surprising ending!"
    What made the experience of listening to Maya's Notebook the most enjoyable?

    Maya's Notebook was enjoyable because the narrator seems to really capture the character and her personality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Maya's Notebook?

    The ending!


    What about Maria Cabezas’s performance did you like?

    Maya's Notebook was enjoyable because the narrator seems to really capture the character and her personality.


    If you could rename Maya's Notebook, what would you call it?

    Maya's Story


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    Nikki 08-23-17
    Nikki 08-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I Enjoyed it!"

    Original story and great performance! I enjoyed it and would even listen to it again - which is rare for me since I usually only read books once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria 04-28-17
    Maria 04-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Mesmerizing"

    This book captivated my attention and mesmerized my soul. It was an amazing adventure for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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