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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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    Kindle Customer 08-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Like wap for Chocolate"

    I really enjoyed this book.as each chapter u had the different recipes.even tho the ending was sad.

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    NW Heart 06-28-17
    NW Heart 06-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A pretty good story overall"

    I enjoyed this book, and while it is not a personal favorite, I would still recommend it to a friend. The book is filled with folklore, surreal imagery, and sensuality- not just sexual (though that is present), but in the way one experiences the world through their senses- taste, sight, smell, touch, etc.

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    Palmira 05-08-17
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    "Enjoyed."

    Villa should have been pronounced correctly, since so many of the more difficult Spanish words were.

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    cheri149 03-14-17
    cheri149 03-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "one of my favorites!"

    i always loved this story but hearing it in audio makes me love it even more!

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    Elba Gloria Rangel Erazo MA 11-21-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Lost in translation."

    Overall, this is one of my favorite books of all time. I listen to it, in Spanish, every year. While, in general, I enjoy Kate Reading's performances, I feel that much of the emotion is lost in the translation of the book, and therefore the performance lacks the passion it should have. Still very worth the read before you watch the sub-titled movie.

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    Charles Cheek 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very riveting take on Mexican gender roles."

    I loved it. So many systems surrounding the family. The character develop was amazing.

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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!

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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