Like Water for Chocolate

  • by Laura Esquivel
  • Narrated by Yareli Arizmendi
  • 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The last of 3 daughters, Tita is saddled with a terrible responsibility that tradition carries down: in well-born Mexican families, the youngest daughter must remain unmarried and stay at home to care for her mother in old age. When she falls in love, Mama Elena refuses to bend the rules, and forces Tita to reject her suitor and assume the role of family cook. The result is a clash of wills that brings magic, love, sex, and fabulously good food to a previously unknown level of enjoyment. In a direct, simple, and compelling voice, Laura Esquivel has produced a fresh and innovative work, bringing her own inimitable strengths to a classic love story. It is read by actress, playwright, and performance artist Yareli Arizmendi who played "Rosaura" in the film version of Like Water for Chocolate.


What the Critics Say

"A tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook, and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one, Like Water For Chocolate is one tasty entree from first-time novelist Laura Esquivel." (San Francisco Chronicle)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


An eloquent reader matched by the superb writing skills of Laura..... You have the best imagination...... Characters are surprising, memorable.
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- Amanvari

Great story, sound quality not so much.

I loved the story; magical without being too out there. I also really liked Yareli Arizmendi's voice - she gave the characters real lives and feelings. The problem with the book is that the sound quality is poor. It's distorted and the background music and sound effects sometimes makes the narrator hard to hear.

I'd recommend this book, but only if it's on sale. The quality just isn't quite there.
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- Amanda M

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio