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Like Water for Chocolate Audiobook

Like Water for Chocolate

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Publisher's Summary

The #1 best seller in Mexico in 1990, Like Water for Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico.

Tita is the youngest daughter of Mama Elena, the tyrannical owner of the De la Garza ranch. As the youngest, she is expected to remain single and stay at home to care for her mother. So when Tita falls in love, Mama Elena arranges for Tita's older sister to marry Tita's young man.

As punishment, Tita is forced to bake the wedding cake. The bitter tears Tita weeps while stirring the batter provoke a remarkable reaction among the guests who eat the cake. It's apparent then that Tita's culinary talents are unique.

©1989 Laura Esquivel; (P)1994 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook, and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one, Like Water For Chocolate is one tasty entree from first-time novelist Laura Esquivel." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Nicole 08-23-16
    Nicole 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVED IT!!!!"

    I remember seeing this movie when I was younger and I loved it, the book is just wonderful, I loved the narrator, now what I'm about to say is not bad but I have bad insomnia and her voice often put me to sleep so that made me like it even more she didn't sound boring just comforting.

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    Natalia freedman 12-26-15
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    "Incredible story, worst narrator"

    This is one of my all time favourite books, I've read it three times and have enjoyed it thoroughly each time. When I decided to listen to it, I was so disappointed, this narrator was monotone and pronounced all the Spanish words poorly. Thoroughly disappointed with this performance.

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    Erin SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 11-27-12
    Erin SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good mix of humor and romance!"
    What made the experience of listening to Like Water for Chocolate the most enjoyable?

    So much of the story seems like "real life" with random bursts of funny, totally off the wall moments.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no- she does a great job portraying the different characters


    Who was the most memorable character of Like Water for Chocolate and why?

    Gertrudis and Rosaura- the sisters


    Any additional comments?

    I want to cook so much of the food in this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Pasadena, CA, USA 05-04-10
    Carla Pasadena, CA, USA 05-04-10
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    "Aspiration Falls Flat"

    Like Water for Chocolate was a big disappointment. Though the author aspired to several different levels, she falls flat on each. There was little whimsy, no real cultural feel, and no character development. The plot was minimal. The book seemed to be a thought in the author's mind, which she never took the time to flesh out so that it could be written coherently.
    The book is simply silly.

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    kindle user 06-23-15
    kindle user 06-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    I've read the book twice! I love it more and more each time. Must read!

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    Kim GREENVILLE, SC, United States 08-27-12
    Kim GREENVILLE, SC, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2013
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    "One of My All Time Favs"

    This is a beautiful story combining magical realism, cooking and Latinas. The narration was good but I felt it needed a younger voice.

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    FS United States 10-19-11
    FS United States 10-19-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Truly a magical story"

    In a Mexico we might have all forgotten, Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Her mother Elena, sees Tita's role as her caretaker for life - no youngest daughter has ever married and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita's heart is broken when her mother instead offers to Pedro her other daughter, and he accepts. Now they live in the same house, and Mama Elena cannot forbid their love as she did their marriage but Tita has one weapon left, her cooking.

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    Boyd Bindrup 08-03-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty good"

    I liked the fact that cooking was woven into the story. There was a bit to much sexual referance for my taste. It was never dwelt on very long or in detail but referenced often. The story was good and the characters interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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