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"Listening to stories gives you many lives, telling them dims loneliness." (Marcela Serrano)

Nine Chilean women from vastly different backgrounds have been brought together by their beloved therapist, Natasha, to talk about their lives and help each other heal. From a teenage computer whiz confronting her sexual identity, to a middle-aged recluse who prefers the company of her dog over that of most humans, the women don’t have much in common on the surface. And yet as they tell their stories, unlikely common threads are discovered, bonds are formed, and lives are transformed. The women represent the many cultural, racial, and social groups that modern Chile is composed of - from housekeeper to celebrity television personality - and together their stories form a pastiche that is at times achingly sad, and at other times funny and inspiring. This is an intricately woven, beautifully rendered tale of the universal bonds between women from one of Latin America’s most celebrated novelists.

©2011 Marcela Serrano (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. English translation © 2014 by Beth Fowler. Epigraph from “Here” by Wisława Szymborska translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh, published in the collection Here, reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Outstanding characterization

I loved everything about this book. Especially the deep profound characters. Women who by another author would have been reduced to pathetic victims, are given nobility in their personal stories.

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Not my kind of book

It does illustrate once again that no matter where you live, people are similar in the life struggles they bear.

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Alright but not captivating

To be honest, I expected more from this book. At times I had to force myself to stick with it, especially since I didn’t finish the last 2 books I started. Just didn’t find them captivating. I think I stayed with this book because I was hoping/ waiting for more but it never came. At times it felt that the stories of these women kept on going and going about the same thing. I did enjoy learning about Chile. I enjoyed the pronunciation of names and places by the reader.

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surprising! iwas caprivated

i'd no idea what to expect, but the truthsl, depth, beauty of the human soul that is polished through the furnace of afflictions was re-impressed on my heart.

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Life gives you opportunities to become yourself.

These stories are a rare glimpse into the inner motivation and struggles of women. The book was translated from Polish to English. Loved the book and the narration was great. Hope you enjoy the tangled lives of 10 women.

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Poignant, Thoughtful and Moving!

Ten Women
Marcela Serrano

A poignant, thoughtful, and moving look deep into the lives of nine women and the woman that brought them to this healing point in their lives.

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SUMMARY
Nine Chilean women from different walks of life are brought together by their beloved therapist, Natasha, to share their stories with each other. From a teenage girl confronting her sexual identity to a middle-aged recluse, these women have nothing in common. The women represent many cultural, racial, and social groups that comprised modern Chile. From housekeeper to celebrity television personality, together their stories form a collage that is at times achingly sad, and at other times funny and inspiring. As the women tell their stories many unlikely common threads are discovered and bonds are formed. Their separate stories form an intricately woven tale of triumph, heartache and healing that will resonate with women everywhere.

“How these women move me. How they sadden me. Why did half of humanity take on such a great burden and leave the other half to rest?”


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What a interesting work of fiction or meta-fiction! By having each woman tell her own story you are drawn into the book and it feels so real. I would not have been surprised if you told me this was a work of non-fiction. The first story is Francisca’s who is forty two, successful in real estate development, but not so much with life in general or in her relationship with her mother. She tells us she hates her mother and she been in therapy with Natasha the longest. Then we hear Mané’s story, who is seventy-five the oldest of the women, and says she used to be gorgeous, and her story is about her personal shame of aging. She says the movie Sunset Boulevard is like the story of her life. There are also the stories of a women who was raped by soldiers on a trip to Israel, and a popular television reporter who is not sure who she is and cannot sleep without medication. The voice of each woman is strong and moving, despite telling a painful or horrific story.

Gripping and evocative, the women’s stories will haunt you well after the the last page is turned. It’s a beautifully written work that should have wide appeal with all women of a certain age. The part I like most was the diversity of the women included in the story. My least favorite part of the book was having Natasha’s story, which is rightfully told last, be told by her long time assistant. If you are looking for a book with a plot and a story line, this is not the book for you. This book’s strength is in it’s first person storytelling format.

MARCELLA SERRANO is an award winning Chilean novelist. Her debut novel We Love You So Much won the Literary Prize in Santiago. She is widely considered one of the best Latin American writers working today.
Translated Beth Fowler
Narrated Marisol Ramirez
Publisher BrillianceAudio/ AmazonCrossing
Publication February 25, 2014

“Being old is always feeling tired. It’s waking up tired, it’s going around all day tired, and it’s going to bed tired.”

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Charming, insightful, uplifting, and sad.

This is a wonderful, insightful book, told in a multi-character vignette format that tells both the struggles of women in Chile and is relatable to the experiences of all humans - but in particular women. The audiobook is performed excellently.

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"Qualified Witness"

Twice in a week, I’m wowed by a book translated into English. This book is as savage & poignant in English as I’m sure it was in Spanish. This novel is from a Chilean author. (Bonus, this is an Amazon unlimited freebie.)

The author was astonishing with 9 different and distinct women characters that ripped into my humanity with her words. I think the author said it best “as the reader, you are never the protagonist of anything. You are only a qualified a witness.”

Great book-definitely recommend reading this novel (audio was 5-star narration) as Marcela Serrano has an incredible voice.

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Really enjoyed this audiobook.

Enjoyed both the stories within as well as the narration......and I am picky about both.

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not a favorite (listened on Audible)

Each chapter was a different woman's story told in first person. The characters did not interact with each other at all, their only link was the therapist who didn't enter the story until chapter 11. Then her story was told by her assistant, which was confusing because she would switch from Natasha's story to her own without a clear delineation of storyline.
The Audible narrator did each character in practically the same voice. I ended up skipping ahead on several chapters because things seemed to really drag and I just couldn't take it.
I don't feel that the epilogue wrapped things up very well. There still was no interaction between the therapist and the characters ( if there was I must have missed it), and you just 'see' the other 9 women getting in the bus. It was frustrating to jot have anything solid happen between the characters. Maybe other readers have a different take on the format.

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Wake me upo when it's over

What would have made Ten Women better?

An actual story. This was basically 10 women telling their life story in turn. Each one went for far too long (over an hour) and if the stories had been true to life, or even interesting, I might have bothered finishing it. I found this book boring from the outset, and stuck with it for about 4 hours, then decided I had better things to listen to.

What will your next listen be?

Something with a storyline

What three words best describe Marisol Ramirez’s performance?

Boring boring boring

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narrators voices were pleasant enough.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother.

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