Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

Narrated by:
Armando Durán

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2013
15 hours 44 minutes
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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Paul C.

Enviable command of expressive language. Able to capture so much nuanced human reaction and behavior in its complexity. Complete diversion through many rather pointless fractals. Perhaps not a good read for those without "magical" lives who may find the thread of arrogance in most of the characters annoying, petty, and perhaps unendurable, and ultimately uninteresting. The length can dehydrate you to death, like cholera. Maybe that was the cryptic message.;-)

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irine g

Impressive, emotional and inspiring book. I love Marquez and his style of writing. enjoyed and fell in love with this book.

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Alisha Boyd

a book that romanticizes rape, glorifies grooming behavior as "cultivating the woman she would become," justifies child molestation and incest as bringing her into flower, puts forth the idea that a woman who says "no" just needs convincing and that if a man stalks a woman long enough she will eventually give in. I felt no connection nor compassion for any character in this book.

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Olivine T.

Great read!

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Great story and great narration.

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Ingrid T.

I preferred 100 Years of Solitude. Perhaps I should have listened to this in Spanish. The language may have made all the difference. I did like some expressions, but I found it as we say in Spanish, "pesado". Maybe I'm just not that type of romantic. Our book club thought it would be fun to read it during our current pandemic of Covid-19. I tend to find stories of unrequited love mostly due to social morés a bit annoying. I didn't like Bridges of Madison County for that very reason. Also, sexism, ageism, and racism bothered me, even though it's what I grew up with (mostly sexism,) in my own household. This book feels cloyingly dated. For example, the description of his school-girl lover age 14 was hard to take even if that was normal for the times. The reader was ok. (I wonder if the frustration for this pandemic is contributing to my frustration with the book, and ask myself if I'm taking it out on this read. But I feel with this level of awareness, I think that's not it as I thoroughly enjoyed another listen during the pandemic.) Go figure. At least I saw it through to the end and tried to give the whole thing a chance.

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Thomas M.

simply perfect.

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