Love in the Time of Cholera

  • by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrated by Armando Durán
  • 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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?


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.

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- J Z A

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.
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- Ruth Mary Branigan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-08-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.