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The History of Love Audiobook

The History of Love

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Publisher's Summary

Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

It has been decades since Leo Gursky first surrendered his heart, then wrote a book about it, at the tender age of 10, and he's been in love with the same person ever since. Leo believes his book is lost to time, but what he doesn't know is, not only has it survived 60 years without him, it has also been an inspiration to others. Fourteen-year-old Alma was even named for a character from the book. When she realizes how deeply the story touched her lonely mother, she embarks on a search for answers.

The History of Love is an imaginative tale of love and loss that is at once funny, mysterious, and deeply passionate.

Don't miss Nicole Krauss and Salman Rushdie at The New Yorker Festival.

©2005 Nicole Krauss; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"An intriguing books-within-a-book narrative....Venturing into Paul Auster territory in her graceful inquiry into the interplay between life and literature, Krauss is winsome, funny, and affecting." (Booklist)
"Writing with tenderness about eccentric characters, [Krauss] uses earthy humor to mask pain and to question the universe. Her distinctive voice is both plangent and wry, and her imagination encompasses many worlds." (Publishers Weekly)
"If for no other reason than the range of voices she has persuasively created, Ms. Krauss would stand out as a prodigious talent....Ms. Krauss's work is illuminated by the warmth and delicacy of her prose." (The New York Times)

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    Christine Jones 10-27-14
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    "Not what I'd expected."
    What would have made The History of Love better?

    The content of the book didn't seem to match the description of the book that I read before I purchased the book.


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    Amazon Customer United States 04-12-14
    Amazon Customer United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A little confusing, very engaging, beautiful..."
    Would you listen to The History of Love again? Why?

    No, only because of the dark, heavy parts of the story - added depth, but not the kind of book I read a second time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The History of Love?

    the stories from his childhood, when he had to run and hide.


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

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he found his love in the US only to realize she had married someone else.


    Any additional comments?

    I am still a little confused by the end (no spoilers); I liked the story, found it engaging, but the confusing ending left me without closure, neither satisfied nor surprised.

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    Jacquelyn colebrook, NH, United States 04-05-14
    Jacquelyn colebrook, NH, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my all time favorites"
    What did you love best about The History of Love?

    I loved this book when i read it a couple years ago. It's a nontraditional love story through the lives of many.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bird for making the ending happen.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I like that more than one voice was used.


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

    It made me both laugh and cry and want to read it yet again.


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    Ray Stewart 12-18-13
    Ray Stewart 12-18-13
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    "Complex"

    I will need to listen to this book a second time to more completely understand it. While I thought the characters were described beautifully and easy to visualize, I questioned multiple times which person I was learning about at a particular time and place. I understand that was part of the mystery of the book, but I did have trouble following the back and forth in time and place. I loved this descriptive sentence: "The soft down of your white hair lightly playing about your scalp like a half-blown dandelion."

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    Rebecca 08-22-13
    Rebecca 08-22-13

    I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books

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    "This book was really fun! Totally unexpected."
    What other book might you compare The History of Love to and why?

    There have been a lot of stories written about this subject. Nazi Germany, Jewish prison camp, but I still find it fascinating because this is something we should never forget lest it happens again. But I digress this is not what this book is about ultimately it is about the History of Love.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Leo, poor Leo, unrequited love.


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

    Yes I was very delighted by it. You might think is is a sad story but still delightful. How can that be? I guess you will have to read it.


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    Valarie C. 05-29-13
    Valarie C. 05-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Did not want it to end"
    Where does The History of Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best Audiobooks I've listened to and I've been listening for years!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The History of Love is a fresh, innovative story filled with twists and turns, very unique book with lovely writing. Every character in this book will stay with you.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Each individual voice was very well done, great choices for these characters.


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

    This book made me laugh and cry and think deeply about my own life.


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    Maura 03-11-13
    Maura 03-11-13
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    average story, good narrators, story lacked action and i found myself rewinding often because i wasn't paying attention

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    Janine Sebastopol, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Janine Sebastopol, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I love this book!"
    Would you listen to The History of Love again? Why?

    Absolutely. Wonderful actors express the richness and depth of the emotions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leo, of course.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Accents, age, geography, doubt, shock...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One of the greatest gifts we can give another is to truly see that person. So many of us are simply invisible.


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    Mon San Francisco, Ca 12-24-12
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 12-24-12 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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    "Why did I wait so long?"

    I am so happy that I FINALLY listened to the History of Love. I have to emphasize the FINALLY part because I purchased this book about 2 years ago and it was one of those books that I had planned on listening to immediately, but never did. I even had it in my iPod for at least a year, so that can tell you that I was committed to listening (eventually) to it. Oh my god, what took me so long…this book is amazing! At least for me, this book turned out to be a treasure because had I know what awesomeness awaited me, I would have listened to this book sooner. I enjoyed every minute of this book. This book is so beautifully written and Nicole Krauss is a great writer. Her writing is nuanced, simple and strong. She’s seriously brilliant. Each character in this book is rich and strong and there was not one character that I didn't like - I can't say that about most books. I loved each of their stories and wish there was a follow up. I esp. want to know what kind of person Alma becomes. I loved her spirit, her curiosity, her introspection and dedication to her family. Her journey introduces us then gives us many moments to know her mother, her brother, Misha, and most of all at of Leo. Leo is the main character and the story begins with him and Alma is his counterpart. They embark on different journey's, have different life stories but in the end they are like Lego and fit. I can't recommend this book enough - it's that good. Take your time to savor this book.

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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-24-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-24-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Listen to the Love"

    I read this book and discussed it with a club before listening to this version. Loved the read; and this is an instance where the audio is even better!

    The story is moving and beautifully written. Keeping track of the several voices is one of the challenges to complete enjoyment of the read, so using several different narrators to convey this story in audio form was a genius idea!

    Result: a fine book made even better!

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