Saving the World

  • by Julia Alvarez
  • Narrated by Blanca Camacho
  • 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award with In the Time of Butterflies, author Julia Alvarez is a beloved voice in modern fiction and poetry. In Saving the World, she weaves the stories of two courageous women—separated by two centuries—into a breathtaking novel of love and idealism in an increasingly troubled world.
A best-selling, Latin-American author living in Vermont, Alma stays behind when her husband travels to the Dominican Republic to help fight AIDS. She needs the time to work on her latest book, but she has terrible writer’s block. Soon, her focus is diverted to an entirely new story, that of the early 19th-century anti-smallpox expedition of Dr. Francisco Balmis. Accompanying Dr. Balmis was Doña Isabel, who cared for the orphan boys serving as living carriers of the smallpox vaccine. It is the narrative of the courageous Doña Isabel that provides hope and inspiration when Alma’s husband is taken captive. Mesmerizing and poetic, Saving the World is a visionary tale that raises profound questions about the world we live in—and whether or not it is beyond redemption.

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Worst Book of all Time

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing in the known universe


Would you ever listen to anything by Julia Alvarez again?

I would rather fall into the sun that listen to her novels again


Would you be willing to try another one of Blanca Camacho’s performances?

HAHAHAHA you'r joking right?


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

Ya it ended.


Any additional comments?

Never, EVER read this garbage

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books