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Publisher's Summary

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout the story.

©1989 Laura Esquivel (P)1994 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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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Incredible!!

incredible, I couldn't stop listening! The narrator was superb. It was so wonderful to listen to this in a traditional accent. Bravo!

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Outstanding story

I had tremendously enjoyed the movie and had high hopes for this audiobook. Narrator was very good. I wish the production had done the author justice, I could have done without the surimposition of music or sound effects at times, which were not always on the mark, that was distracting, not in a good way.
I would recommend this book.

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  • 2020-03-29

Beautiful . Don’t miss this narration. Highly recommended

An immeasurable treasure of literature... And The narrator makes the story come alive with her rich and perfect voice (truly, without her voice this story would be lost). This tells an important tale of occasional fantasy, love, and the greatest riches of a family: a kitchen. I became lost— in the most beautiful ways— into each of the recipes.. celebrating the grace and power and beauty of a rich, and noble people...

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  • 2019-12-04

What a beautiful performance

Such a moving story couldn’t have been narrated a better way.
This performance makes you feel like it’s actually being told by Esperanza’s daughter!

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  • Yvette Salazar
  • 2019-02-19

Beautifully Weird and Magical

I don't often fly through books and even though this one isn't very long, I couldn't stop. This was also wonderfully read by Yareli.

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  • Jasmine
  • 2018-09-27

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it didn't read the same as my book. I think I got the wrong audible

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  • 2018-01-30

Lovely abridged recording.

The story is enchanting, but as I followed along with the book I realized it was abridged. That surprised me because it's a very short novel, and it wasn't clearly posted as an abridged recording. It doesn't take away too much from the story, especially because Arizmendi did such a lovely job reading it! I was really glad there was a version available where the reader had a Spanish accent. Despite the small missing passages, I would still buy it again.

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  • 2015-03-17

Sublime

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

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  • Amanda M
  • 2011-12-01

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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  • Sandra Felton
  • 2021-09-16

a real page turnet

Loved the story line. narrator brought story to life . I have listened to this book multiple times and I'm sure I will revisit in the future

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-20

Juicy Love Story!

I can't believe we read this book during 10th Grade Honors English back in the early 2000s. Glad I didn't understand the story well back then. It's a good book though.

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  • KYMS
  • 2020-07-26

meh

Loved the reader. Wasn't my genre. It reminds me of fifty shades of grey, which seemed to be everyone's favorite but mine.