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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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    Andy USA 09-23-13
    Andy USA 09-23-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Love Indeed"
    What did you love best about Love in the Time of Cholera?

    It shows that love is worth waiting for. It is interesting that being from the Caribbean, I was able to understand some of the prejudices in the book. The stereo types that existed are ever present in that part of the world today.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love in the Time of Cholera?

    The Trip on the river boat! I had a vivid image of the mosquitoes and the oppressive heat with no AC!


    What about Armando Durán’s performance did you like?

    I love the fact that he read with an accent. It added the right flavor and atmosphere to evoke the feeling that was created in the characters in the book.


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

    No, no extreme reactions, although there were sad moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Old age is sad but in this story is was romantic!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Monroeville, PA, United States 08-30-13
    Lawrence Monroeville, PA, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, needs better audiobook producer."

    Over the years, I've listened to over 350 unabridged, classic audiobooks. For some time I've waited for audiobooks by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one of my favorite authors. I see that Audible is finally releasing several over the next few months, this being the first. Listening to this audiobook reaffirmed my appreciation of Marquez's greatness. Though the narrator's tone, diction, and pronunciation is excellent, and his casting is perfect, sadly he employed a singsong pattern of starting sentences with a higher pitch and then trailing off as he finished. If he had done this a couple of times it wouldn't have been that bad. But to do it for 16 hours became annoying. I do not blame him one jot. He is very talented and I've listened to him on other audiobooks in which he did not do this. I blame Audible 100%. If the producer (if there was one) had simply told the narrator one time, "Your voice pattern is a little singsong. Listen to this example," I'm sure the problem would have been immediately corrected. To waste this great novel and the talents of a very good narrator is unexcusable. Even still, the story itself is so great that I highly recommend you give it a listen. It's well worth the money. It's just a shame that I had to rate this audiobook anything less than 5 stars. Thanks.

    19 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany 05-28-16
    Tiffany 05-28-16
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    "A brilliantly crafted lesson in love and life."

    From the opening lines I feel deeply and wholeheartedly into the romantic atmosphere crafted by Gabriel Garcia Marquez's characters, time and settign. I suffered diligently alongside Flornetino Ariza and his ill-fated, singular love. This book like life and love, endures forever.

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    Charles E Howard 04-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"

    I don't usually go for love stories but after reading 100 years of solitude I thought I would try another of Marquez work. Excellent. A different kind of love story. It's written in a more conventional style compared to 100 years but unique nevertheless. Very thought provoking. Marquez is as much a philosopher as he is a great writer. Beautiful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susi Paulina Philadelphia 04-22-16
    Susi Paulina Philadelphia 04-22-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Nice listening"

    Spectacular narrator. The story was good, however it had some slow parts. A love story that's in the protagonists thoughts is tough to get through. As a half century goes by and old life descends, the long hours, of these people not being together became a little disappointing. A good story of the time of Caribbean island life. I do enjoy any historical fiction. If you do, please listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kb 02-26-16
    kb 02-26-16 Member Since 2012
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    "great book, great narrorater."

    I enjoyed the timeless love story. Very well written. wonderful character development. the narrorater was great as well.

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    Tami 11-09-15
    Tami 11-09-15
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    "One of my all time favorites"

    This book had everything I love. Lots of details. The narrator reminds me of the movie "Amelie" in fXt the whole book sort of had that feel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    melanie 10-07-15
    melanie 10-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A glimpse into a different age and place."

    The turmoil of unrequited love in an age of political unrest, illness and caste struggles. I didn't know quite what to expect after reading some of the reviews regarding Florentino's six hundred some odd affairs over 50 years, but that fact was really tucked into the background. It was really a story of loneliness and passion ripening into love. A masterpiece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christelle 09-20-15
    Christelle 09-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    My favourite book of all time beautifully narrated set the right mood. My first Audible audiobook.... Happy with my purchase :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BunnyMan SANTA BARBARA, CA, US 08-14-15
    BunnyMan SANTA BARBARA, CA, US 08-14-15

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    "Armando Duran brings this great story alive!"

    loved this story. I never knew where it was going. It took me to a time and place I've never been, in a delightful manner that was intoxicating.

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    "Do you like Marmite?"

    From looking at other reviews, this does seem to be a bit of a "marmite book". I had been looking forward to 'hearing' this since it had been on many people's "top" list of books. It was a struggle to finish it... the characters are just given no "depth". There's something strange about the way it's written (someone who understands literature styles might be able to define it!).

    So, I found the characters confusing and just not "likeable" at any level. Such a disappointment. Yes, the odd insightful sentence but left me like someone who's just taken that accidental mouthful of marmite on toast... I got to the end... but it wasn't what I would call enjoyable!

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  • J Z A
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    "Its Very Long"
    If you could sum up Love in the Time of Cholera in three words, what would they be?

    Immersive,
    Lyrical
    Long


    What about Armando Durán’s performance did you like?

    I particularly enjoyed his enjoyment of the language. It was fully articulated and the rolling and complicated Spanish names and culture was laid out in a way that was surprising givenit was read in English.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Everything comes to he who waits


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very long. The first half and the last quarter were great but once things had been established it became repetitive until it got close to the very enjoyable conclusions.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth Mary Branigan
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    "Simply Beautiful"

    For a while, I liked the male protagonist in spite of myself. By the end I loved him in spite of everything.

    A simple story made exquisite by Marquez's gorgeous language, his keen but gentle observation. So many sentences could be lifted from the story and applied to the world at large.

    The book is achingly romantic - no mean feat considering that many of the relationships described are at best fleeting, at worst downright shocking. Many of the encounters in this story are based on casual sex (at times, not even consensual - hence my ambivalence towards Fiorentino Arisa), but when it comes to the main love story, every word and gesture is intense, significant and explored at length.

    Armando Duran narrates beautifully. The timbre of his voice is just lovely and his wise and knowing tone lends itself perfectly to the prose. This might in part explain why I was able to dismiss some of Don Fiorentino's misdemeanours.

    Come to think of it, some of his actions are downright unforgivable. Clearly I'll need some more time to deliberate on the characters. But the romance of the novel just swept me away.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    8/22/15
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    "Only God knows how much I have loved you"

    Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall in love in their youth but circumstances, family and society keeps them apart he chooses to love her best of all and wait for the opportunity to reunite, rejecting all other possibilities of making a life with other women but not of enjoying the moments. She on the other hand marries Dr. Juvenal Urbino,and with time learns to love him. This loves are not perfect or without struggles they are real and frail like life itself, and so it is that when the Doctor dies and Fermina is approached by Florentino and his persistent love; she receives him with her resistant love.
    The story begins with these events but develops through the retelling of the years in between from 1880 to 1930 there is humor, romanticism, magical realities in small doses and reality in large spoon fools like florentino confronting the consequences of successful business life on a trip down a river he had known in his childhood and discovering a river destroyed and devastated by his actions. This book also confronts the problems of older couples without embellishments or excuses something truly revolutionary and commendable for it allows love to be greater than a romanticised notion.

    The reader was efficient and clear. I suspect the accent is real.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew C.
    3/17/17
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    "simply magnificent A perfect story."

    Beautifully told tale I never wanted to end. A rich tapestry of life from a different time.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Spyri Dela
    6/27/16
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    "I unfortunately found this book very boring"

    I don't get the point of the story really and it had super long descriptions. Maybe in other times this may have been interesting. Funished it just to check it off my list

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • AWH
    London
    6/21/17
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    "Deathly dull classic"

    I know this is supposed to be a classic of literature but I found it to be the literary equivalent of watching paint dry. Something which might have made a decent short story dragged out to novel length. Yes the writing is beautiful but that on its own doesn't make a good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Baronessnewt
    5/26/14
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    "Complicated"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found the characters rather confusing. They kept going back and forth in time as well.


    Would you recommend Love in the Time of Cholera to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. I found the narration was not easy to listen to. The story rather confusing.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I suppose so. I did not like the accent but it was probably correct for the setting of the story.


    Did Love in the Time of Cholera inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    9 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • SportLAD
    5/29/17
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    "Average"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. As a book that is supposed to be a classic maybe I expected more. The story wasn't that engaging and I had trouble distinguishing the character names for a long part. There are much better books I would want to recommend before this.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gabriel García Márquez again?

    Yes. I don't believe that one book should put you off all others. It may simply be that story I didn't engage with and others are more suited to my taste.


    Was Love in the Time of Cholera worth the listening time?

    Towards the end I was willing it to finish but I didn't think it was bad enough to turn off.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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