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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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    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 read"

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Sara Seattle, WA, United States 04-28-12
    Sara Seattle, WA, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gorgeous."

    Poetic. Hauntingly beautiful. I laughed out loud. Then, I paused and laughed out loud again about the same thing. The narrator for Leo's character did a spectacular job. I *loved* this book.

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    Eyrene Portland, OR, United States 02-29-12
    Eyrene Portland, OR, United States 02-29-12
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    "Good story, but a little hard to get through"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm no writer. I'm not sure how it could have been improved, but it was just a bit slow for me, though I don't regret listening to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite scene, but there were amusing moments, like the old man cranking his Walkman, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    I was confused the first time the story shifted from the old man to the young girl, and I had the feeling that this was a series of short-ish stories, until the man came back again. Then the stories oh-so-gradually came together.

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    Aiden Hovde 11-17-11
    Aiden Hovde 11-17-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "I wish Audible had a Rescale Ratings feature!!"

    The problem with ratings is you don't know in advance the range of experience you are going to have. I have rated just a couple of books five stars. I wish Audible had a system for rescaling your ratings when you encounter a work that you rate even more highly than the work you had given five stars to previously. They could have a Rescale Ratings button or a slider that would enable you to say your previous five star ratings were really four stars or even three stars and all your other ratings would be similarly rescaled to enable you to give the current work the outstanding rating it deserves. That's what I wish I could do for The History of Love. The previous books that I awarded five stars to were truly beautiful, wrenching, moving. Even so, when they ended I did not immediately start them over and listen to them a second time like I did with The History of Love. And I mean immediately. The ending came and I rested in it for a few minutes, then I started from the beginning and listened to the whole thing a second time. The exquisite humanity of the characters connected me more deeply with my own humanity. The second time around it was like I had my arm around them, knowing what they would encounter, encouraging them. It really felt like they were speaking directly to me their thoughts and experiences. The story itself is a weaving of mysteries with the characters all following clues toward self-discovery. I wish there were more mystery stories that do not involve murders and other crimes. I love puzzling over clues along with the characters. Maybe that's why I listened to The History of Love a second time. I knew where the clues would lead so I could focus more on the journey and on my companions.

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    Becky Gruber 09-22-11
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    "history of love"

    a compelling, intriguing, beautifully written story. narration was spot-on. I loved it from beginning to end.

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