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
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.
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.
story was read in a way have that gave character a real voice as well
So glad they finally came out with the unabridged version. I refused to listen to the other one. Well done.
I enjoy cooking, reading and travel. I split my time between New Mexico and Colorado.
Read with spirit and well written, this novel's overextended allegory of South America's history sometime seems interminable.
For a long trip.
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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