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  • Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel García Márquez

    Love in the Time of Cholera

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    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....

    Anne says: "Timeless Romance, brought to life by Armando Duràn"
  • 2666 | Roberto Bolaño

    2666

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By John Lee, Armando Durán, G. Valmont Thomas, and others
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    Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Stavros Pavlides says: "Monumental. Staggering"
  • Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life | Jon Lee Anderson

    Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Lee Anderson
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. Jon Lee Anderson traces Che's extraordinary life from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and his assassination in the Bolivian jungle.

    Daniel Norman says: "Propaganda"
  • Avenue of Mysteries | John Irving

    Avenue of Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Armando Duran
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    John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory. As we grow older - most of all, in what we remember and what we dream - we live in the past. Sometimes we live more vividly in the past than in the present. As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico.

    Peter says: "Irving Out of the Park!"
  • Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog: 98 Essential Tips and Techniques | Cesar Millan

    Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog: 98 Essential Tips and Techniques

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Cesar Millan
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    After more than nine seasons as television’s Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan has a new mission: to use his unique insights about dog psychology to create stronger, happier relationships between humans and their canine companions. Both inspirational and practical, A Short Guide to a Happy Dog draws on thousands of training encounters around the world to present 98 essential lessons.

    Jami says: "Good, But Not What I Expected Based On The Title"
  • The Savage Detectives: A Novel | Roberto Bolaño

    The Savage Detectives: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By Eddie Lopez, Armando Durán
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    The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Marquez of his generation. The Savage Detectives is a hilarious and sexy, meandering and melancholy, companionable and complicated road trip through Mexico City, Barcelona, Israel, Liberia, and finally the desert of northern Mexico. It is the first of Bolaño's two giant works, with 2666, to be translated into English and is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "Started slow but ended great"
  • Purgatory | Tomas Eloy Martinez

    Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tomas Eloy Martinez
    • Narrated By Armando Duran
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    In the winter of 1976, Simon Cardoso is arrested by the military and is never seen again. Thirty years later, Emilia Dupuy, his wife, is stunned to find him in New Jersey. Her world, which had crumbled after losing him, is alight with life again. There is a caveat, however: for Simn Cardoso time stopped when he disappeared. Using this enigma as the foundation, Tomas Eloy Martinez' story of the anguish of a lost and recovered love is masterfully tied to the sinister sense of unreality created by a regime.

  • Love Poems | Pablo Neruda

    Love Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (38 mins)
    • By Pablo Neruda
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    Charged with sensuality and passion, Pablo Neruda's love poems are the most celebrated of the Nobel Prize winner's oeuvre, captivating listeners with earthbound images and reveling in a fiery reimagining of the world. Mostly written on the island paradise of Capri (the idyllic setting of the Oscar-winning movie Il Postino), Love Poems embraces the seascapes surrounding the poet and his love, Matilde Urrutia, their waves and shores saturated with a new, yearning eroticism.

    Rochelle says: "Durán exceptional as voice of Neruda"
  • The Story of My Teeth | Valeria Luiselli

    The Story of My Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Valeria Luiselli
    • Narrated By Armando Duran, Thom Rivera
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    Gustavo "Highway" Sanchez is a late-in-life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the "notorious infamous", like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, The Story of My Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli's own literary influences.

  • No One Writes to the Colonel, and Other Stories | Gabriel García Márquez

    No One Writes to the Colonel, and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By Armando Durán, Roxanne Hernandez, Marcelo Tubert, and others
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    Written with compassionate realism and wit, the stories in this mesmerizing collection depict the disparities of town and village life in South America, of the frightfully poor and outrageously rich, of memories and illusions, and of lost opportunities and present joys. Stories include "No One Writes to the Colonel", "Tuesday Siesta", "One of These Days", "There Are No Thieves in This Town", "Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon", "Montiel's Widow", "One Day After Saturday", "Artificial Roses", and "Big Mama's Funeral".

    Pierre Desir says: "Great book."
  • At Night We Walk in Circles | Daniel Alarcón

    At Night We Walk in Circles

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel Alarcón
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    Nelson’s fate is slowly revealed through the investigation of the narrator, a young man obsessed with Nelson’s story - and perhaps closer to it than he lets on. In sharp, vivid, and beautiful prose, Alarcón delivers a compulsively readable narrative and a provocative meditation on fate, identity, and the large consequences that can result from even our smallest choices.

    David says: "Actors Have Consequences..."
  • Land of Careful Shadows | Suzanne Chazin

    Land of Careful Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Suzanne Chazin
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    When the dead body of a Latino woman is found in a reservoir about 50 miles north of Manhattan, with a photo of a baby in her purse nearby, the police try to determine who the child is and if it is still alive. Along with the photo, they also find a disturbing note in the purse: "Go back to your country. You don't belong here."

    Wanda says: "An enjoyable listen."
  • Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras | Duncan Tonatiuh

    Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Duncan Tonatiuh
    • Narrated By Armando Duran
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    Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras - skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities - came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings.

  • Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando | Stefan Kanfer

    Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stefan Kanfer
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    Brando is perpetually fascinating, both for the power of the characters he portrayed and for his tumultuous personal life. Best-selling biographer Stefan Kanfer seamlessly intertwines the man and the work to give us the fullest and most illuminating appraisal yet. Kanfer takes us from Brando's troubled childhood to his arrival in New York in the 1940s, where he studied with the legendary Stella Adler and became, at age 23, the star of Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire.

    sav says: "Well researched and good narration"
  • The Captain's Verses: The Love Poems | Pablo Neruda,Donald D. Walsh - translator

    The Captain's Verses: The Love Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Pablo Neruda, Donald D. Walsh - translator
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, finished writing The Captain's Verses in 1952 while in exile on the island of Capri - the paradisiacal setting for the blockbuster film Il Postino (The Postman). Surrounded by sea, sun, and Capri's natural splendors, Neruda addressed these poems to his lover, Matilde Urrutia, before they were married, but he didn't publish them publicly until 1963.

  • Zama | Antonio Di Benedetto,Esther Allen - preface, translation

    Zama

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Antonio Di Benedetto, Esther Allen - preface, translation
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    Written in a style that is both precise and sumptuous, weirdly archaic and powerfully novel, Zama takes place in the last decade of the 18th century and describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown who has been posted to Asunción, the capital of remote Paraguay. There, eaten up by pride, lust, petty grudges, and paranoid fantasies, he does as little as he possibly can while plotting his eventual transfer to Buenos Aires.

    tomasito says: "Lost Master Work of The New World"
  • Faces in the Crowd | Valeria Luiselli

    Faces in the Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Valeria Luiselli
    • Narrated By Armando Durán, Roxanne Hernandez
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    A young mother in Mexico City, captive to a past that both overwhelms and liberates her, and a house she cannot abandon or fully occupy, writes a novel of her days as a translator living in New York. A young translator, adrift in Harlem, is desperate to translate and publish the works of Gilberto Owen, an obscure Mexican poet who lived in Harlem during the 1920s and whose ghostly presence haunts her in the city's subways. And Gilberto Owen, dying in Philadelphia in the 1950s, convinced he is slowly disappearing, recalls his heyday decades before.

  • Avenue of Mysteries | John Irving

    Avenue of Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Armando Duran
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    As we grow older - most of all, in what we remember and what we dream - we live in the past. Sometimes we live more vividly in the past than in the present. As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but his dreams and memories will travel with him; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. 'An aura of fate had marked him,' John Irving writes.

  • Spoils | Brian Van Reet

    Spoils

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Brian Van Reet
    • Narrated By Nicol Zanzarella, Armando Duran, Andrew Eiden
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    It is April 2003. American forces have taken Baghdad and are now charged with winning hearts and minds. But this vital tipping point is barely recognized for what it is, as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an already-simmering insurgency intent on making Iraq the next graveyard of empires. In dazzling and propulsive prose, Brian Van Reet explores the lives on both sides of the battle lines.

  • "I Am a Man": Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joe Starita
    • Narrated By Armando Duran
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    In 1877, Chief Standing Bear's Ponca Indian tribe was forcibly removed from their Nebraska homeland and marched to Oklahoma - known then as Indian Territory - in what became the tribe's own Trail of Tears. "I Am a Man" chronicles what happened when Standing Bear set off on a 600-mile walk to return the body of his only son to their traditional burial grounds.

    D. Blake Hammond says: "Excellent book & narration"
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