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Love in the Time of Cholera | [Gabriel García Márquez]

Love in the Time of Cholera

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    J. Simonton Texas, USA 05-29-14
    J. Simonton Texas, USA 05-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Fun Happens

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    "What a sad story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really- I did not enjoy the story and found a lot of it to be quite sad and at times disturbing. I know this book takes place in a different time, but the yuck factor was there for me on several occassions.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gabriel García Márquez? Why or why not?

    Several friends have suggested I try 100 Years of Solitude. I might give it a try but will definitely read a lot of reviews first.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alysia APO, AP, United States 04-15-14
    Alysia APO, AP, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Meh, hard to follow."

    I found this book hard to follow. With all the names I couldn't keep the characters straight and it made it really confusing since I couldn't listen to all in one sitting. Maybe that would have made me feel different about it, but as it was, I didn't really care for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-20-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2014

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Less than I Expected"

    This was a good book but I never really connected with this writing or with the characters. The narration was excellent, with nice tone and pacing and was wonderfully clear. The writing is not bad, but, other than a few passages near the end of the book, I found very little that was moving or interesting. Perhaps some might find the sexual references titillating. Perhaps some will enjoy the subtle and ambiguous characters. The characters are not unpleasant and are likable enough. The theme of long life and long love was mildly pleasant, but lacked magic or power. I did modestly enjoy the last fifth of the book (particularly the manatee story), but certainly not enough to read this again. The end of the book had a bit of the magical realism I expected from the start, but it was too little and too late to make this book great for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 10-20-13
    Barbara 10-20-13
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    "A whole life, and what's important in it."

    This is the wonderful and eminently readable story of strong women and equally strong men, set in a strong society. Wonderfully detailed in internal and external scenery, this is the story of love created, ripped apart, abandoned, found, horrified to be found so late in life, lost again and ultimately found again forever. It makes me smile. Definitely something you want to listen to.

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    Dana 10-05-13
    Dana 10-05-13
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    "Classic in a timeless relevant way"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Love in the Time of Cholera to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    Which character – as performed by Armando Durán – was your favorite?

    Armando Durán is the best narrator, caring equally for each character, presenting the story carefully and captivating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andy USA 09-23-13
    Andy USA 09-23-13 Member Since 2014

    Andy

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    "Love Indeed"
    What did you love best about Love in the Time of Cholera?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love in the Time of Cholera?

    The Trip on the river boat! I had a vivid image of the mosquitoes and the oppressive heat with no AC!


    What about Armando Durán’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, no extreme reactions, although there were sad moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Old age is sad but in this story is was romantic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 09-06-13
    Suzanne 09-06-13

    Suzanne

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    "I guess it wasn't what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Gabriel García Márquez and/or Armando Durán?

    I felt trapped in a merry-go-round of stories from beginning to end. No, if this type of flashback or revisiting or out of order storytelling is the style, I would not be interested in another book by this author.


    Has Love in the Time of Cholera turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not if I understand which time period it is referring to and the treatment it receives.


    Which character – as performed by Armando Durán – was your favorite?

    None


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Then narration helped the interpretations; but couldn't fix the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never asked for a credit back on a book, until now.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    pat Casco, MI, United States 11-27-13
    pat Casco, MI, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A forever story - thought it would never end!"

    This book started out well but got really drawn out with the ending just dropping off. If I had purchased it as a print book, I would have fallen asleep so many times that I'm sure it never would have been finished. Amando did a great job in reading the story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne 11-15-13
    Jeanne 11-15-13
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    "I didn't like the characters."

    They all seemed shallow and uninspiring; I'll be willing to listen to 100 years of solitude- maybe they are more interesting?

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    D. K. Alvey Boynton Beach, FL 10-08-13
    D. K. Alvey Boynton Beach, FL 10-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    What would have made Love in the Time of Cholera better?

    This books takes you forward, backwards, forwards, backwards of no importance.


    Has Love in the Time of Cholera turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about Armando Durán’s performance?

    All of his voices sounded the same (Women & Men)


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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