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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Timeless Romance, brought to life by Armando Duràn

This story is one of the classic romances that will live on forever. I have read it more than once, but it had been a while and I needed some romance in my life, so I went in search of it again. I was so pleased to find it had finally been made into an audiobook, my life is busier than it used to be, so I was able to listen to it wherever I went. The narrator, Armando Duràn, was a perfect fit for this story. I mean perfect. The animation in his voice captures the passion of their love, the excitement and the sorrow. Every emotion was conveyed with such conviction, you would believe he wrote the story himself and was recounting from his own memory. His performance was impeccable and the story was lovely as ever. I would recommend this audiobook to everyone who wants the experience of a masterpiece novel, played out by an exceptional narrator.
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- Anne

Love to Love You Baby

In his ballad to Love (with a capital "L"), "Love in the Time of Cholera," Marquez's effortless, orchestral prose honors Love's many wondrous forms, reminisces the joys of loving and probes the pain unbearable from losing her.

Above all though, this novel sounds the sureness of Love's stamina (with just a bit of watering) and her strength to grow and grow, even as the body goes.

The narrator does an excellent job with the narration. I wish the publisher had agreed when it instead, after losing Jimmy Smits and Hector Elizondo successively as narrators for Marquez's 100 Years of Solititude, chose about the most white-bread, stuffy and passionless narrator in all Audibleland- John Lee. Oh well.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr., born this day (1/15) in 1929.
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- W Perry Hall

Book Details

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