A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende audiobook

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel

By Isabel Allende
Translated by Nick Caistor  and Amanda Hopkinson
Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio 9781984820150
9.78 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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From the author of The House of the Spirits comes this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home. In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. Together with two thousand other refugees, they embark on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, to Chile: “the long petal of sea and wine and snow.” As unlikely partners, they embrace exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war. Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning, and over the course of their lives, they will face trial after trial. But they will also find joy as they patiently await the day when they will be exiles no more. Through it all, their hope of returning to Spain keeps them going. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along. A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.

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Summary

New York Times bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Paste Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks of the Month

A Booklist Pick of Audiobooks of the Week

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

From the author of The House of the Spirits comes this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.

In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires.

Together with two thousand other refugees, they embark on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, to Chile: “the long petal of sea and wine and snow.” As unlikely partners, they embrace exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war. Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning, and over the course of their lives, they will face trial after trial. But they will also find joy as they patiently await the day when they will be exiles no more. Through it all, their hope of returning to Spain keeps them going. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along.

A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gets to the heart of immigrant struggle…Allende reminds us that these issues, at their core, are made up of individuals and their love stories.” USA Today
“Give[s] you a very clear idea of the times and situations endured by those in the war and those who fled. Ballerini perfectly captures all manner of Spanish accents.” Berkshire Edge (audio review)
“One of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date.” New York Times Book Review
“Edoardo Ballerini’s sensitive narration of Isabel Allende’s lyrical prose touches the heart…Ballerini adds drama and emotion as the family flees Spain…Ballerini expertly delivers Allende’s reminder of how delicate the boundary is between precious freedom and insidious tyranny. Powerful listening. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“With narrator Edoardo Ballerini delivering one of his melodic, smartly paced performances, it makes for a mesmerizing listening experience. Allende’s words have a poetry of their own, after all, so what better way to experience them than aloud?” Paste magazine (audio review)
“A page-turning story rich with history and surprising subplots that keep the novel unpredictable to the end.” Los Angeles Times
Powerfully told, this is a soaring, inspirational tale. The Orange County Register
“Seamlessly juxtaposing exile with homecoming, otherness with belonging, and tyranny with freedom, the novel feels both timeless and perfectly timed for today.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This decades-spanning drama is readable and engrossing throughout.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Isabel Allende

Author Bio: Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende, born in Peru and raised in Chile, is the author of numerous novels, including Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and The House of the Spirits. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than sixty-five million copies worldwide.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Romance
Runtime: 9.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English