Digital Download Recorded Books 2016
CD ISBN 9781501909238 $30.75 Three CDs
DD ISBN 9781501909245 $28.00
Trini Alvarado is the consummate narrator for these delightful first-person vignettes that take listeners on a spirited visit to 1940s Cuba. Included are selections from three of Ada's autobiographical books, which encompass family life; Cuba's history, culture, and legend; and social commentary. While Alvarado's standout creation is Alma herself, she also lovingly portrays Ada’s blind grandmother. In "Leprosy," Uncle Manalo movingly reveals his inspiring dedication to the horrific illness. "Street Vendor Voices" and "Circus Days" explore the vibrant outdoor life of a small village. "Lightning," "Storm!" and "Under the Royal Palms" are so vividly created that they virtually come to life. Every character is appealingly conveyed, and gorgeous descriptions create audio word pictures. It’s clear that hearing ISLAND TREASURES is the perfect way to appreciate Ada's fine writing. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2016]
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