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Publisher's Summary

La princesa de la literatura latinoamericana, está de regreso con la historia el legendario amor entre el conquistador Hernan Cortés y su intérprete, la india Malinalli.

FonoLibro se enorgullece en presentar la nueva novela de la laureada escritora mexicana Laura Esquivel, Malinche, narrada por la laureada estrella mexicana Lucia Méndez.

Cuando Malinalli conoce a Cortés asume que se trata del propio Dios Quetzalcóatl que regresa a liberar a su pueblo. Los dos se enamoran apasionadamente, pero este amor pronto es destruido por la desmedida sed de conquista, poder y riqueza de Cortés.

A lo largo de la historia de México Malinalli/Malinche ha sido conocida por su traición al pueblo indio. Pero recientes investigaciones históricas han mostrado que Malinalli fue la mediadora entre dos culturas, la hispánica y la americana nativa; y entre dos lenguas, el español y el náhuatl.

Lo que Esquivel ha hecho aquí es desafiar la mitología tradicional mediante un retrato muy temperamental del Adán y la Eva de la cultura mestiza, Cortés y Malinalli, con la caída del imperio azteca como telón de fondo. Contada con el lirismo de la tradición cantarina y pictórica del náhuatl, Laura Esquivel nos brinda un mito fundacional de la cultura híbrida del Nuevo Mundo y una extraordinaria historia de amor.

This audiobook is in Spanish.
Este audiolibro es en Espanol.
©2006 Laura Esqivel (P)2006 FonoLibro Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Winner, Spanish Language, 2008

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Did not like it! Good book not a good audible.

I was so looking forward to listen to this book. Lucia Mendez is not good at narrating this story and the music does not help her. She over does it with the dramatic tone of voice. Could not hear more than 30mins. I just couldn't take it. I'll try to buy the printed book and read it even if it takes me weeks.

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Nice book

The book is nice, but the background music drove me crazy. Especially since I was listening to this in part to practice my Spanish comprehension, the music made it hard to listen.

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Absurda y ridícula novela.

Would you try another book from Laura Esquivel and/or Lucia Mendez?

No.

What could Laura Esquivel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Esta novela no está basada en hechos o en la realidad sociocultural de los nativos de la época. Es más, hace perpetua los mismos prejuicios que, desafortunadamente, todavía son parte de la cultura actual. Me horrorizó escuchar como -supuestamente- hablaba la abuela de

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

No pude terminar de escucharla... a lo mejor hubiera logrado redimir algo, pero me fué imposible soportar más...

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¡Espectacular!

Where does Malinche rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one of the best audios I've listened to.

What about Lucia Mendez’s performance did you like?

Lucia's vocal variety, pace, and clarity in pronunciation is excellent. I would recommend this listening to learners of Spanish at any level.

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A marvelous delight

Mas, mas, mas. This book is one of the few delights available in Spanish through Audiobooks. It is read with all the beauty that is available from Spanish culture -- and that's a lot. This is a wonderful interpretation of the role of women in culture, in Mexican history, and in the universe! I only wish there were already a full library of these delicious delights.
What a marvelous reading of a significant and powerful novel!

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Loud music in background!

The music is so distracting I cannot even listen. You need a warning: this is fully orchestrated...!

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Me gusto la novela

Mis felicitaciones a Lucia Mendez que presto su voz en esta narracion La protagonista, una mujer muy luchadora que nos motiva a seguir adelante en lo que nos propongamos.

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Hire a professional narrator.

I haven't passed the first chapter. I can't. I will try the English version, I can't continue with this torture. Audiable, Please hire a professional narrator that studies to do this, not a Mexican Actress and singer, she is not cut for this job. Don't take me wrong, Mrs. Lucia is great at her thing, but this is not it. 1- Get rid of that shi**y cheap music in the background. It is distracting and infuriating. 2- Lucia sings and acts, but she does not do narrations. Hire Spanish speaking professional narrators. She even skips lines and sentences from the book all over. How did you not catch that? Eg. Page 13 and 14. 3- Her narration is off putting for Grandmas voice. I was rather annoyed with the stereotypical tone or "accent" she used for grandmother. 4-To much Novela drama put into a book that I just want it to be a book. If I wanted cheap drama, Televisa has those running all day long. I am not sure that you did your study for the Spanish Speaking audience, but if this is what you came up after checking it I am rather disappointed. I am still interested in the book and the story, I got a hard copy and will keep reading it. I will listen to the one in English to see if you do better, but for this particular version I have no positive comments.

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Poor performance by narrator

Unfortunately, Lucia Mendez seems to miss the syntax in many occasions breaking sentences at the wrong place. The story is fiction, although based on real events and characters. It is a controversial issue (Malinche’s role during the conquest) but Laura Esquivel writes an entertaining plot.

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¡Fantástica!

Un viaje romántico e histórico por el Mèxico prehispánico. Malilani y Hernán Cortés desde el delicado punto de vista de la extraordinaria escritora Laura Esquivel.