- Audio CD: 10 pages
- Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (November 7, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1415936021
- ISBN-13: 978-1415936023
- ASIN: 0061185450
- Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 5.2 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 191 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ines of My Soul Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Brown has created something of a cottage industry in performing Isabel Allende's novels. And it's no wonder that she's chosen for these meaty roles: the Emmy-winning actress brings a pitch-perfect sensibility to Allende's lyrical prose and wild, almost charmed, settings. In this case, Allende turns from magical realism to historical reality in embroidering the story of Inés Suarez (1507–1580), the spirited conquistadora who helped found the nation of Chile. Brown not only captures Inés's fortitude and determination but also her humor. She keeps the pacing relatively quick despite the novel's length and does justice to the impressive array of characters, although some of the soldiers' voices are less distinctive than those of the comparatively few female characters. Brown's intonation, with its softened consonants and beautiful, rounded accent, can transport listeners to a different time and place, and her pronunciation of Spanish words is dead-on. Each disc sets the mood with the music of—what else?—Spanish guitar. This audiobook is a meaty empanada filled with delights.
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From Bookmarks Magazine
If Inés of My Soul isn't among Isabel Allende's best novels, it still tells a remarkable, ambitious, and heretofore untold story about one of the first female conquistadors of the New World. Allende finds so many surreal subplots in Inés's own story that the author's imagination, rather than magical realism, prevails in her attempt to recreate the 16th-century Americas. All aspects of the story entertain and educate. At the same time, the detractors have some complaints: Allende embarks on too many historical detours; she romanticizes the Spanish conquistadors; she takes a one-sided view of the native Chileans; and, in an attempt to appeal to fans of different genres, she creates a lightweight story from a very serious topic.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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