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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,749 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carmen Laforet Narrator: Alma Cuervo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781436109499
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Called a Spanish Gothic, this haunting tale of a girl and her bizarre family life during the Franco regime in Spain is available for the first time in English. As 18-year-old Andrea stuggles to transition into adulthood, so does her country.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “That this complex, mature and wise novel was written by someone in her early 20s is extraordinary….But after six decades, this first novel has lost none of its power and originality, and we are fortunate to have it in this fine translation.”

    Washington Post

  • “Laforet’s moody and sepulchral debut novel…has been given new life by acclaimed translator Grossman… Andrea’s narration is gorgeously expressive, rippling with emotion and meaning…fans of European lit will welcome this Spanish Gothic to the States with open arms and a half-exasperated, “What took you so long?’”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/20/2014

    " The Muensters or the Addams Family set in Barcelona. Poor Andrea, an orphan, winds up living with her Grandma,etc., in the old homestead. A gothic horror story , but with beautiful writing and twists added to keep it from cliche, ensues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Campos | 2/18/2014

    " Nada, by Carmen LaFloret, is a debut novel written in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil war. Though only in her 20's when she wrote it, La Floret is masterful in her craft and prose. The novel has potent characters and a compelling story. It is a first person narrative of a young orphaned woman who returns to Barcelona to live with her grandmother and other extended family. From the very first chapter, LaFloret establishes the intensity of her characters and the poverty of a once-thriving upper middle class family. I found it very compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 2/6/2014

    " I really liked the book but I think the ending was disappointing; like the title, Nada me queda del libro. Not bad, not to read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quikedb | 2/6/2014

    " Una maravilla de libro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Mccaul | 1/31/2014

    " Taut. Terse. Terrible. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Novia | 1/21/2014

    " Great book. I've read it a few times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margy | 1/19/2014

    " I read this in grad school, in Spanish, 24 years ago, but images and situations from this Gothic novel still stay with me. I don't know if there is a decent English translation in existence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 12/30/2013

    " Another Barcelona based novel, this one is a dark coming of age tale which gives a flavor of life under Franco. So different from the current picture you get here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Stafford | 12/27/2013

    " This book was weird and terrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nellie K. | 12/10/2013

    " great. Muy bueno "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emiliux | 6/7/2013

    " Libro de lectura imprescndible "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylee Wilsher | 12/30/2012

    " ;A; "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Criss | 6/5/2012

    " Nada es una novela donde uno como lector ve a los protagonistas en batalla, drama familiar. Cada personaje es diferente es su propia forma pero cada personaje decea tener lo de los progimos. Mucho drama para Nada. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/17/2012

    " That kind of book that makes you miss the characters from it. Great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura (Reading in Bed) | 3/4/2012

    " Picked this up on a whim; it was a staff selection at the down town library. It was dark and sparse and I felt like I was watching an old black and white movie - in a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emusam | 1/8/2012

    " Powerful novel about the futility felt in post-war Spain. The novel has biographical elements, and the house that the protagonist lives in could be a metaphor for the different sorts of reactions to the war and its aftermath. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 8/25/2011

    " Set in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War. Wonderful descriptions of the city, the time and the narrator's creepy family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 5/17/2011

    " The Muensters or the Addams Family set in Barcelona. Poor Andrea, an orphan, winds up living with her Grandma,etc., in the old homestead. A gothic horror story , but with beautiful writing and twists added to keep it from cliche, ensues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Korinna | 4/11/2011

    " Haunting tale that is gripping from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/28/2011

    " Picked this up on a whim; it was a staff selection at the down town library. It was dark and sparse and I felt like I was watching an old black and white movie - in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rui | 2/12/2011

    " a great read. somehow melancholic but beautiful at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darshan Elena | 5/15/2010

    " What a brilliant little novel. It documents a young woman's experience of poverty, depression, and sexism at the onset of the Spanish Civil War. Laforet's prose is masterful, poetic and disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margy | 1/11/2010

    " I read this in grad school, in Spanish, 24 years ago, but images and situations from this Gothic novel still stay with me. I don't know if there is a decent English translation in existence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 12/2/2009

    " Read this in a Spanish language class many years ago and have returned to it several times since. The vocabulary is challenging for a non-native speaker but the effort is worth it. A good book for when you feel like the only person on the planet, or when you want to be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 9/23/2009

    " This book was weird and terrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kjersti | 8/18/2009

    " Why did I know nothing about the Spanish Civil War before I read this book? "

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About the Author
Author Carmen Laforet

Carmen Laforet (1921?2004) was a Spanish author who wrote in the period after the Spanish Civil War. An important European writer, her works contributed to the school of Existentialist Literature and her first novel Nada continued the Spanish Tremendismo literary style begun by Camilo José Cela

About the Narrator

Alma Cuervo is a stage actress and singer, who has also performed in film and television. She holds an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, from which she graduated in 1976 alongside Meryl Streep. She starred in the role of Madame Morrible in the first national tour of Wicked. Her audiobook narrations include Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin and Francine Rivers’ The Scarlet Thread, among many others.