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Ines of my soul
Isabel Allende
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From Publishers' Weekly:

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 Ines Suarez (1507-1580), the spirited conquistadora who helped found the nation of Chile. Brown not only captures Ines'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. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 21). (Dec.)(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Only Allende could bring to life the mighty conquistadora who helped capture the area that is now Chile for Spain. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Dona Ines De Suarez
Age: 1507-1580
Chile's first female president; traveled to the States as a young woman to find her missing husband; discovers her husband died in battle; falls in love with Don Pedro de Valdivia; wants to form a new society based on Christian and egalitarian principles; ferocious fighter in battle; journey with Don Pedro's men; took care of the sick and wounded; found water and food for the soldiers; saved Don Pedro's life when one of his rivals tried to kill him.

Don Pedro De Valdivia
In love with Dona; has a personal desire for glory; took Dona with him as his servant as he traveled with his men to the south

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