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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Esquivel Narrator: Maria Conchita Alonso Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The princess of Latin American literature returns with the legendary love affair between Hernán Cortés and his interpreter, Malinalli.

When Malinalli, a member of the tribe conquered by the Aztec warriors, first meets Cortés, she, like many others, believes the conquistador is the reincarnated forefather god of her tribe. Naturally she assumes that her task is to help Cortés destroy the Aztec empire and free her people. The two fall passionately in love, but Malinalli gradually comes to realize that Cortés’ thirst for conquest is all too human. He is willing to destroy anyone, even his own men, even their own love.

Throughout Mexican history, Malinalli has been reviled for betrayal of the Indian people. However, recent historical research has shown that her role was much more complex; she was the mediator between two cultures, Hispanic and Native American, and two languages, Spanish and Náhuatl.

An extraordinary retelling of this passionate and tragic love affair, bursting with lyricism and vivid imagery, Malinche finally unveils the truth behind the legend.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ambitious and inventive.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Lyrical…Esquivel details richly imagined complications for a woman trapped between the ancient Mexicas civilization and the Spaniards.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Much like Esquivel’s timeless Like Water for Chocolate, this novel is a magical, spiritual story that highlights the strength of women and the intensity of relationships. Maria Conchita Alonso’s musical voice is an ideal vehicle for the telling of a vivid fictionalization of Mexico’s history…Alonso effervesces with a rich enthusiasm for both the story and its language, and the result is an engaging, passionate audiobook.”


  • “The descriptions of Malinche’s beliefs in the roles of the ancient gods and her observations on Christianity are fascinating and well written.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/9/2014

    " While I enjoyed the passionate, magical Like Water for Chocolate better, Malinche has been an enjoyable historical read. Esquivel paints a vivid portrait of indigenous life and beautifully captures the spirituality that motivates the main character's life. My favorite descriptions in the book are when Esquivel describes the process in which Malinalli aquires and manipulates the new language she is learning, Spanish, and compares those meanings against the meanings in her native language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carola | 2/6/2014

    " Excellent, interesting, beautiful history of live, love and war. What could you sacrifice for love? Do you believe in some God?. A Mexican Indian that want help her people but also She wants to be loyal to her feelings. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/27/2014

    " This was terrible and the worst part is that it is based on historical events that are absolutely captivating. Cortez took her as his translator/concubine and he used her to help him conquer Mexico. Not only that, but they had a son who is considered the first "Mexican" to exist, which is contentious for the indigenous population of Mexico. Malinche is still a divisive icon in Mexico- someone who enabled the forcible colonization of their land and people. This book has the potential to be amazing but the fact that I struggled through it on a beach vacation no less... what a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caroline | 1/25/2014

    " It is a very deepgoing love story about a person who has got many layers. She will manage to make you travel to a world where many elements come together. The history of Mexico is always wrapped up in a veil of mystery. It also shows that trying to combine two cultures is not always straight forward. Loved also the drawings in this one. This is a read that will make you long for a time travelling machine and to get to that one spot that the main character longs for but only can dream of. For sure a book that anyone that is planning to travel to Mexico should read. It is in a way an alternative route into the heart of mysterious nation and its painful history. "

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