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Author: Isabel Allende Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2020 ISBN: 9780593167977
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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
  • “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.”


  • “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

  • A Paste Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks of the Month
  • New York Times bestseller
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • A Booklist Pick of Audiobooks of the Week
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini, an American actor, director, film producer, and award–winning narrator. He has won several Audie Awards for best narration, including for 2019’s Best Male Narrator of the Year, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, from classics to modern masters, from bestsellers to the inspirational, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to spine-tingling series, and much more. In television and film, he is best known for his roles in The Sopranos, 24, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dinner Rush, and Romeo Must Die. He is also trained in theater and continues to do much work on stage.