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Love in the Time of Cholera Audiobook

Love in the Time of Cholera

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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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    oscar LEXINGTON, SC, United States 06-09-15
    oscar LEXINGTON, SC, United States 06-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    The book is purely wonderful, funny and moving yet without sparing the listener from the tragedies and sadnesses of life. A timeless classic read made all the better by a truly brilliant performance.

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    "Wonderful"

    A classic worth a second listen. Life, love, old age, cholera, and death all masterfully woven together by the Columbian author.

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    DrMike54 Florida, USA 05-05-15
    DrMike54 Florida, USA 05-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A great love story"

    Well written and narrated with enthusiasm and empathy for all of the characters, the book creates realistic and vivid images of life ......and love....at the beginning of the 20th century.

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    Susan oakland, ca, United States 04-23-15
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    So glad they finally came out with the unabridged version. I refused to listen to the other one. Well done.

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    Exquisitely written, I was captured every moment.
    It was easy to imagine myself almost all the characters and anticipate what would happen next.

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    The narrator pulled the story into a beautiful tone. The book it self kept me interested and intrigued. I will definitely be coming back to it again.

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    Well-narrated story about the multifaceted nature of love. This isn't a simple story about the love lasting a lifetime, but moreover is a story of passion in all its forms.

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    This was not not my usual fare but I loved it. Highly recommend it. Narration excellent.

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    "Perfection! Sad that it ended!"

    The only bad thing I can say about this audio book is that it ended!
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez brings a masterful work in this one, and I was hooked from the first words.
    The narrator does a superb job on this and that is a credit as well to the translation into English. It is not too hard to follow, which was my initial concern.
    The characters are deep and the story line is fabulous.

    Pick this one up if you are looking for a wonderful listen!

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 12-13-14
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 12-13-14 Member Since 2015

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    "LOVE AND MARRIAGE"

    Gabriel Garcia Márquez begins "Love in the Time of Cholera" with a sweet evocation of love and marriage between Dr. Juvenal Urbino and his 71-year-old wife, the former Fermina Daza.

    "Love in the Time of Cholera" almost loses one’s interest with the introduction of Florentino Ariza, an earlier rival for señorita Daza’s affection. Florentino seems a pale suitor when compared to Urbino. Florentino is too poor, too poetically inept, and socially immature to rival Urbino. Márquez slowly fills out Florentino’s character to make a listener interested enough to find out why he is important to the story. Márquez cleverly inserts an anonymous letter delivered to Urbino in the telling of his tale. The letter was held by a suicide victim, an acquaintance of Urbino’s, which adds mystery to the story. One wonders, is the letter related to Fermina’s earlier suitor? An answer is not given until the end of "Love in the Time of Cholera."

    Márquez’s story suggests that love does not arrive with marriage but only comes with the passage of time. Márquez concludes sex in life and marriage is ephemeral and evolving; while love is eternal and built over time.

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