Extended Audio Sample

Download Like Water for Chocolate Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Like Water for Chocolate Audiobook, by Laura Esquivel Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Esquivel Narrator: Yareli Arizmendi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553753639
Regular Price: $10.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $9.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

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.

Download and start listening now!

BK_BANT_000153

Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • A 1994 American Bookseller Association Book of the Year
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/11/2014

    " This book was very interesting. I read it while in high school. The main charter puts all her emotions in her cooking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Chaballa | 2/5/2014

    " Hands down one of my favorite doomed love stories ever. Extremely well written, will immerse you both in the tale of the lovers, and a beautiful and rich culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alyss S. | 1/29/2014

    " At first, the second page or so, I thought that I wouldn't like it. Of course it got better, and worse. It was going pretty good until Pedro showed up. That Pedro plus the mother somehow equaled Rosaura. It that damn tradition at fault really. And that Pedro why didn't he do something about it, what a coward. Yes, I don't like Pedro, at all, or Tita. The ending was also questionable, but yes it was a good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isi | 1/24/2014

    " just glad i'm done! ... now i must go right a paper on it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 María | 1/23/2014

    " I don't think it's supposed to be, but I find this book hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronna-lee | 1/21/2014

    " I loved learning about the Mayan and Mexican cultures through this intriguing story. To me, this is a story about a dysfunctional family, and the way they learned to live with each other. The love story is intense, so if you are squeamish about "bedroom scenes" you may choose not to read the book, or skim quickly past them. Over all though, it's a very thoughtful writing about the workings of the heart and how we chose love . . . or how it chooses us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dougj | 1/17/2014

    " A mystical family fantasy. Fun and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 12/1/2013

    " great story, so well written that I felt I could smell, taste and feel along with the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 11/29/2013

    " Short but complex, a masterpiece in the tradition of magical realism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Showell | 11/10/2013

    " Seriously weird and strange book. But that's down to the Magical Realism I guess. Interesting story, I'd recommend it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Griffiths lackner | 10/29/2013

    " This is one of my all time favorite books. It is magical. The peppering on recipes is charming. I love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri Schlondrop | 10/17/2013

    " A story for the romantic cook! This book reaches all of the senses...recipes included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/11/2013

    " One of my old favorites :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clyde Saliring | 9/1/2013

    " it's magical and full of imagery.. i can even smell the food! and all the while my mouth was watering! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morgan Tigerman | 8/30/2013

    " One of the worst things I've ever read. The writing was horrid, the magical realism nonsensical, the basic premises of this rapefest flawed. You gotta be fucking kidding me? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caren Callaert | 4/22/2013

    " I honestly think that this is the most magical story ever told. Period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harpmary | 2/4/2013

    " A charming story with a notably intriguing plot idea - connecting food and cooking to emotions. I really like this book and need to add it to my re-read list! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 12/11/2012

    " Absolutely horrid. Reading this for class and I just can't get through it. The characters aren't interesting, the "plot" isn't interesting, nothing about this book is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna Lomuljo | 12/9/2012

    " trippy! kainis lang di ko type magluto kaya nakakaloka magbasa nung recipe parts =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Lopez | 10/17/2012

    " I could not put it down until I finished reading it. In only a few hours! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Weeks | 3/6/2012

    " Fun read! Feels like a fairy tale and very romantic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Mckernan | 3/3/2012

    " Love this genre of mystical realism. Sensuous read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanaz Saeedi | 11/30/2011

    " keeps you reading and reading, but I did not like the end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nihal | 11/10/2011

    " At the begninning I was blown away. I loved the characters, the smoothness of storytelling and the bits of magic. Then I got pretty annoyed with the main character, and lost sympathy with her. Otherwise, the novel is pretty nice and lovable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicci Divine | 7/25/2011

    " I loved the passion expressed through words and food. It truly was poetry and verbal nourishment. Anyone who has ever wanted to write, be in love, cook should read this book. It was beautiful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xiomy | 5/23/2011

    " one of my fav books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 5/18/2011

    " One of the few romance novels I would highly recommend. Set in Mexico in the 1800's. Written in a beautiful prose that is easy to understand. It uses magical imagery of love and food that is different from any book I've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmenlawson | 5/14/2011

    " Good read. Like the setting and period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/14/2011

    " REad this because my Henry was having trouble getting it as a class assignment. I does not get more chck lit than this. More evidence that English teachers hate boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 5/13/2011

    " very sensual and engaging read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/12/2011

    " I liked it, all except for the crazy parts, and that I read it for school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marikka | 5/12/2011

    " A bit sad but I did like it. Want to reread it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chaysie | 5/9/2011

    " Interesting turns and funny explanations. Easy read. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Laura EsquivelLaura Esquivel is the award-winning author of Like Water for Chocolate, which has sold over four and a half million copies around the world in 35 languages, The Law of Love, and most recently, Between Two Fires. She lives in Mexico City.