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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (60,218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicole Krauss Narrator: George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and Andy Paris Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN:
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Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

It has been decades since Leo Gursky first surrendered his heart, then wrote a book about it, at the tender age of 10, and he's been in love with the same person ever since. Leo believes his book is lost to time, but what he doesn't know is, not only has it survived 60 years without him, it has also been an inspiration to others. Fourteen-year-old Alma was even named for a character from the book. When she realizes how deeply the story touched her lonely mother, she embarks on a search for answers.

The History of Love is an imaginative tale of love and loss that is at once funny, mysterious, and deeply passionate.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Majita | 2/6/2014

    " charming, engaging, I could detach myself from reading any moment, a real discovery, I love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/2/2014

    " Amazing story and beautifully written! i do feel I will have to read it again because- since I was soo busy, I only got to read it one night a week for an hr or so, and that made it harder to remember exactly what was going on..and it was a twisty book. But I certainly won't mind reading it again. it was beautiful & one of those books you don't want to finish, bc it's so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzan Poisner | 1/5/2014

    " I was drawn into this story initially because of the creative writing style, and found myself captured throughout. I found it a beautiful read in spite of the darkness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Schumann | 12/28/2013

    " Took a while to get into the varying styles of writing but then I couldn't put it away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lu | 12/25/2013

    " Lovely, melancholy style but a disappointing ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 12/24/2013

    " I loved this book. I was sucked in from the beginning. Nicole Krauss is a wonderful author who creates and weaves together great stories. I thought it would be hard to read as I found The Great House difficult to follow. But, this book was much easier to follow. It is hard to dislike the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqui | 12/18/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, but wished the ending had been drawn out just a little bit more. The writing style and subject matter appears to have been heavily influences by the short stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. One thing that felt a little off was that the characters seemed to lack their own voices. It felt a little like all of the characters had the same voice for their inner monologue. Overall I did like it quite a bit, aside from these few nit picks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raeann | 12/14/2013

    " Leo Gursky's character was compelling, not because of his love for Alma, but for how he conducted his solitary life, how he regarded his body, and his love for Isaac and Bruno. The love that so many of the characters show for Alma fell flat for me -- there was much description of her amazingness, but little demonstration. The story of fourteen-year-old Alma was much more engaging and satisfying. "

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

    " Oh. My. GOD!!! So good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 11/30/2013

    " A love story. Witty and endearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 This Girl Loves Books | 11/25/2013

    " So dreamy and well composed I expected great things from this novel and they were handed to me on a silver platter. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 11/24/2013

    " What fascinated me about this book is how everything revolved around the "translation". And how, upon being translated correctly, the mystery of each character's identity unfolds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 9/19/2013

    " This is such a sweet and interesting story. I got confused at times since it's from the perspective of multiple people, but it was worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Burke | 9/15/2013

    " Her laugh was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering... beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zahra | 9/4/2013

    " Although very confusing at first, this was an incredibly insightful and unique novel, so glad to have read it <3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ranjana | 8/7/2013

    " I have to say that the story was good but the audio version of it was great. The narrator for Leo Gursky is amazing. Added so much to the character that I wouldn't have had in my head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tramaine Nichole | 5/4/2013

    " A clever juxtaposition of how lives (when not being examined) are interconnected at the most intimate level "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 5/3/2013

    " Such a wonderful book even though it's a bit confusing. A clear (or clearer) picture comes into view by the end and it's so incredibly touching that I forgive the author for messing with me for the first 200 pages. So worth my bafflement to reach that satisfying conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Beier | 2/27/2013

    " best book I ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Raymond | 1/16/2013

    " Beautifully written layered story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Meissner | 10/24/2012

    " I had a tough time with this book. I stuck it out because a friend liked it. I didn't like the characters that much and it was difficult figuring out who was who and how they were connected. In the end when it became clear to me, I guess I have to credit the author for pulling it off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Johnson | 2/17/2012

    " DAZZLING. Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer, please adopt me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 7/14/2011

    " Slow start but it did get better. I didn't like the abrupt ending after all of the buildup. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alaina | 5/24/2011

    " Sad story. Definitely a "live to have no regrets" kind of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 5/24/2011

    " I loved this book. Being the dense person I sometimes am, I was a little confused about certain things after I finished the book, so I read it a second time immediately. I've never done that with a book. I am no longer confused and I highly recommend. My hubby loved it, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 5/19/2011

    " Thanks to Shannon Hughes. I love this story, the truth it holds of our flailing groping for love in all its forms. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mjohnson | 5/19/2011

    " The title is not a good guide to the story. "

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

    " This is simply a gorgeous book, richly textured and wonderfully woven. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kunzang | 5/15/2011

    " Beautiful book... not as GREAT as I expected but touching nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/15/2011

    " Such an incredible story of long lost love and newfound hope in the intertwined lives of strangers and friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 5/14/2011

    " Probably the most beautiful book I've ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/13/2011

    " I think it was cruel of Johnathan Safran Foer to just write a worse version of his own books under his wife's name. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/13/2011

    " Nicole Krauss knows how to write, but it's dificult following her stream of consciousness plots. I finally decided to not worry if I was "getting" everything, and I just enjoyed the writing. "

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About the Author
Author Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as “one of America’s most important novelists.” She is the author of the international bestseller Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Man Walks into a Room.