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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Esquivel Narrator: Elizabeth Peña Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2001 ISBN:
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Instead of entering the world crying like the other babies, Jubilo was born with a smile on his face. He had a gift for hearing what was in people's hearts, for listening to sand dunes sing and insects whisper. Even as a young boy, acting as an interpreter between his warring Mayan grandmother and his Spanish-speaking mother, he would translate words of spite into words of respect, so that their mutual hatred turned to love. When he grew up, he put his gift to good use in his job as a humble telegraph operator.

But now the telegraph lies abandoned, obsolete as a form of communication in the electronic age, and don Jubilo is on his deathbed, mute and estranged from his beloved wife, Lucha, who refuses to speak to him. What tragic event has come between two such sensuous, loving people to cause their seemingly irreparable rift? What mystery lies behind the death of the son no one ever mentions? Can their daughter bring reconciliation to her parents before it is too late, by acting as an interpreter between them, just as Jubilo used to do for other people?

Swift as Desire is Laura Esquivel's (Like Water for Chocolate) loving tribute to her father, who worked his own lifelong magic as a telegraph operator. In this enchanting, bittersweet story, touched with graphic earthiness and wit, she shows us how keeping secrets will always lead to unhappiness, and how communication is the key to love. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauretta | 2/14/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook. Like Water for Chocolate is still in a league of its own and I'd read that one before any of her other books "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christie | 2/7/2014

    " Coulnd't finish this one, just didn't hold my interest. I'm told by a friend that the book didn't translate well from spanish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jam | 2/6/2014

    " Great short little novel ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/3/2014

    " Interesting story...but I was a bit bored by it half way through... I read most of it on a long flight and might not have bothered to finish it otherwise "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Enrique028 | 1/26/2014

    " The english version is SWIFT AS DESIRE. This is a beautiful book about Love and loyalty....a la latin way! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri Safranek | 1/16/2014

    " Laura Esquivel has become one of my new favorite authors. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading her next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 1/14/2014

    " This is a great book. Very quick read unless you take the time to ponder the profound messages regarding love, life, death, families. i will probably be returning to get quotes for wedding wishes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 1/9/2014

    " My favorite passage: "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. . . . Millions and millions of presences of beings that have lived on Earth are in that dust. Floating there are the remains of Quetzalcoatl, Buddha, Gandhi, Christ". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 1/5/2014

    " Sweet love story, but a bit melodramatic at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy Neal | 12/25/2013

    " By the same author as "Like Water for Chocolate". I enjoy her stories. This one is about love and family of a telegraph operator in Mexico. Passion, jealousy and the importance of the telegraph in history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sacha | 12/19/2013

    " lovely magical writing style - this Mexican novel set over a large part of the 20th century is charming, romantic, and thoughtful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matilde Somarriba | 12/13/2013

    " It gives you a great sense of human struggle to be human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nyssette Marie Selva Negrón | 12/11/2013

    " el mejor romance que he leido!! se lo recomiendo a TODOS "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joni | 11/13/2013

    " Beautiful story, enjoyed very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/11/2013

    " I love poetic symbolic work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 8/21/2013

    " Wonderful story of life and love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elysabeth | 6/22/2013

    " I liked the flashback story a lot, but the "present day" narrative felt a little heavy handed, particularly at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Felicia | 5/5/2013

    " You may think you want to read this because you loved Like Water for Chocolate. I couldn't even finish it. Blech. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilynn | 12/19/2012

    " Bittersweet, magical and enchanting tale of love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/11/2012

    " Really nice read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/26/2011

    " I found so many of y personal sentiments toward technology and overall human communication that I couldn't help be drawn into the struggles of the book. Laura Esquivel is a wonderful writer who excels at showing the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosa Montecillo | 9/29/2011

    " I loved the book! it made me cry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/11/2011

    " Not nearly as compelling as Like Water for Chocolate, Swift as Desire lacks the magical and really focuses more on the drama of a love story and marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/8/2011

    " Just as good, if not better than Like Water for Chocolate. Less magical realism, but still in the Latin American tradition of supernatural/metaphysical heavy prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaclyn | 6/26/2011

    " This book made me cry it was so great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desiree | 5/4/2011

    " Una historia completa, entre mis favoritas. No podía parar de reír y en otros momentos llorar, este libro es corto, pero es muy enriquecido su contenido. Pasas de la risa al llanto en 1-2-3... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/26/2011

    " Not nearly as compelling as Like Water for Chocolate, Swift as Desire lacks the magical and really focuses more on the drama of a love story and marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/13/2011

    " Interesting story...but I was a bit bored by it half way through... I read most of it on a long flight and might not have bothered to finish it otherwise "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/4/2010

    " Pretty. Some parts were slow and the entire last two vignettes should have been avoided completely. I don't think it's fair to compare everything to Like Water for Chocolate and say it falters, this was lovely. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christie | 8/19/2010

    " Coulnd't finish this one, just didn't hold my interest. I'm told by a friend that the book didn't translate well from spanish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 6/25/2010

    " By the same author as "Like Water for Chocolate". I enjoy her stories. This one is about love and family of a telegraph operator in Mexico. Passion, jealousy and the importance of the telegraph in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/12/2010

    " Simple and sweet book. Easy to read in Spanish. I love Esquivel's writing style. A simple love story set in Mexico. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 2/24/2010

    " Wonderful story of life and love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keymie | 12/8/2009

    " Mi primer libro y entre mis preferidos, facil de leer, romantica, sensual pero tragica a la vez, preparate a llorar. Una historia muy linda. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 9/26/2009

    " My favorite passage: "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. . . . Millions and millions of presences of beings that have lived on Earth are in that dust. Floating there are the remains of Quetzalcoatl, Buddha, Gandhi, Christ". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolina | 9/2/2009

    " This book saw me weeping on a plane. Very honest and impossible to put down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 8/16/2009

    " Same author as Like Water for Chocolate. I love her style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viki | 7/2/2009

    " Having lost a parent recently, the ending was very bittersweet.

    If you liked "Like Water for Chocolate" or enjoy S. American authors,
    this small tale is a delight. "

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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.