Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2014
From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century.
In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he does so again.
With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Gabriel García Márquez traces an exceptional half-century of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises - joyful, melancholy, enriching, and ever surprising.
©1988 Gabriel García Márquez (P)2013 Blackstone Audio
It shows that love is worth waiting for. It is interesting that being from the Caribbean, I was able to understand some of the prejudices in the book. The stereo types that existed are ever present in that part of the world today.
The Trip on the river boat! I had a vivid image of the mosquitoes and the oppressive heat with no AC!
I love the fact that he read with an accent. It added the right flavor and atmosphere to evoke the feeling that was created in the characters in the book.
No, no extreme reactions, although there were sad moments.
Old age is sad but in this story is was romantic!
Over the years, I've listened to over 350 unabridged, classic audiobooks. For some time I've waited for audiobooks by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one of my favorite authors. I see that Audible is finally releasing several over the next few months, this being the first. Listening to this audiobook reaffirmed my appreciation of Marquez's greatness. Though the narrator's tone, diction, and pronunciation is excellent, and his casting is perfect, sadly he employed a singsong pattern of starting sentences with a higher pitch and then trailing off as he finished. If he had done this a couple of times it wouldn't have been that bad. But to do it for 16 hours became annoying. I do not blame him one jot. He is very talented and I've listened to him on other audiobooks in which he did not do this. I blame Audible 100%. If the producer (if there was one) had simply told the narrator one time, "Your voice pattern is a little singsong. Listen to this example," I'm sure the problem would have been immediately corrected. To waste this great novel and the talents of a very good narrator is unexcusable. Even still, the story itself is so great that I highly recommend you give it a listen. It's well worth the money. It's just a shame that I had to rate this audiobook anything less than 5 stars. Thanks.
From the opening lines I feel deeply and wholeheartedly into the romantic atmosphere crafted by Gabriel Garcia Marquez's characters, time and settign. I suffered diligently alongside Flornetino Ariza and his ill-fated, singular love. This book like life and love, endures forever.
I don't usually go for love stories but after reading 100 years of solitude I thought I would try another of Marquez work. Excellent. A different kind of love story. It's written in a more conventional style compared to 100 years but unique nevertheless. Very thought provoking. Marquez is as much a philosopher as he is a great writer. Beautiful.
Spectacular narrator. The story was good, however it had some slow parts. A love story that's in the protagonists thoughts is tough to get through. As a half century goes by and old life descends, the long hours, of these people not being together became a little disappointing. A good story of the time of Caribbean island life. I do enjoy any historical fiction. If you do, please listen.
The turmoil of unrequited love in an age of political unrest, illness and caste struggles. I didn't know quite what to expect after reading some of the reviews regarding Florentino's six hundred some odd affairs over 50 years, but that fact was really tucked into the background. It was really a story of loneliness and passion ripening into love. A masterpiece.
loved this story. I never knew where it was going. It took me to a time and place I've never been, in a delightful manner that was intoxicating.
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