Violeta: A Novel Audiobook, by Isabel Allende Play Audiobook Sample

Violeta: A Novel Audiobook

Violeta: A Novel Audiobook, by Isabel Allende Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Yareli Arizmendi Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780593558867

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Longest Chapter Length:

40:51 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

11 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

21:47 minutes

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Publisher Description

The epic story of Violeta Del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century

Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family with five boisterous sons. From the start, her life is marked by extraordinary events, for the ripples of the Great War are still being felt, even as the Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her South American homeland almost at the moment of her birth.

Through her father’s prescience, the family will come through that crisis unscathed, only to face a new one as the Great Depression transforms the genteel city life she has known. Her family loses everything and is forced to retreat to a wild and beautiful but remote part of the country. There, she will come of age and her first suitor will come calling.

She tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others, recounting times of devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, poverty and wealth, terrible loss and immense joy. Her life is shaped by some of the most important events of history: the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants, and ultimately not one, but two pandemics.

Through the eyes of a woman whose unforgettable passion, determination, and sense of humor carry her through a lifetime of upheaval, Isabel Allende once more brings us an epic that is both fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional.

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“Yareli Arizmendi’s masterful narration of this audiobook is astonishing…Arizmendi’s tone, pacing, and slight accent are a perfect match for this amazing story. Her engaging narration elevates it into something magical not to be missed. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “An immersive saga about a passion-filled life.”

    — People
  • “Allende succeeds once again at making the historical feel personal.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “The novel has an episodic feel, with events sweeping along at a rapid clip…Violeta is a character who follows her passions and lives an unconventional life but never stops evolving along with the century in which she lives. Recommended for all collections.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Barnes & Noble bestseller
  • A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick in Fiction
  • A Reader’s Digest Pick of Best Books of the Year
  • A PopSugar Best Books of the Year Pick
  • A Real Simple Pick of Best Books of 2022

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About Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books, including twelve novels that have made the New York Times bestsellers list. Her books have been translated into more than forty-two languages and have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. She was born in Peru, raised in Chile, and lives in California.

About Yareli Arizmendi

Iva-Marie Palmer is the author of The Summers and The End of the World as We Know It. She grew up in Chicago’s south suburbs and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.