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The narrator and protagonist of Maya's Notebook is a 19-year-old girl who grows up in Berkeley, California, and falls into a life of drug addiction and crime. To rescue Maya and save her from the criminal types pursuing her, Maya's Chilean grandmother sends her to a remote island off the southern coast of Chile. Here she lives among a traditional rural people, the Chilote, who speak an older form of Spanish and have remained largely isolated from the materialism, crime, and fast-paced contemporary life which is our own. The audiobook alternates between the narrative in the United States and that on Chiloe, the island, so the two strands of the story unfold for the listener at more or less the same time.
This audiobook is very different from Isabel's previous historical novels, with a contemporary setting; an American (of Latino descent) teenage drug addict as the protagonist and narrating voice; and a realistic style of writing rather than a magical realistic one (Chiloe exists, and one can visit it). Maya's voice is modelled on that of Isabel's teenage granddaughter, a native of the Bay Area (San Francisco, Berkeley).
"A magical storyteller." ( Daily Mail)
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By Janet Hughes on 04-24-16
An Isabel Allende clasic
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend it to an Isabel Allende aficionado, but if you don't like magical realism, you're not going to really like Maya's Notebook.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Maya's grandmother, she was an amzing woman
Which character – as performed by Maria Cabezas – was your favourite?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The depths to which Maya sank.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Celine Whitehouse on 06-07-15
A very interesting story
Took a while to get used to the narrators voice but the story made up for it
1 of 1 people found this review helpful