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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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    P. Williams 01-15-15
    P. Williams 01-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Real, Illusion,Love and Aging"

    This was an interesting and well-told story.... But I was often muddled as I fumbled through distortion and time which was a kaleidoscope shifting all the way through. As the self-doubting characters struggled for truth, I found I was doubting my own ability to follow them...but in the end I was moved and glad I did. Go after the truth, but don't expect to find it, and you just might.

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    Dennis Rockstroh 12-28-14

    Dennis Rockstroh

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    "Not the History of Love"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it had been a history of love or something like it. It was not and if there was a summary, I missed it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicole Krauss again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was fine


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The History of Love?

    All of them. I expected something philosophical like "The History of God."


    Any additional comments?

    I think was fooled by the title or got the wrong book.

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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
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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