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One Hundred Years of Solitude | [Gabriel García Márquez]

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.
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One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career.

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility, the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth - these universal themes dominate the novel. Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an account of the history of the human race.

©1964 Gabrriel García Márquez (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 02-05-14
    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2009

    I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.

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    "What in the heck happened?????"

    I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude about 10 years ago, and have re-read it or referred to it many times, since. When I saw an email from Audible.com that it was now available as an AudioBook… I downloaded it immediately, as it is ALSO narrated by my All-Time favorite reader, John Lee so I did not even listen to a clip of it. Now, I am in several hours of my first listen, and, I feel bad about “warning” listeners, but this needs to be said:

    The printed book comes with a handy chart of who is who, and how they are related their relationship together, whether they are married or have children… etc. THIS audio version does not have that chart (it’s like looking at a complex family tree) and at the pace that John Lee is tearing through it… he gets my vote for “fastest readers on Planet Earth” (Lee could , unless they just finished the print version it is super confusing. Many characters either have the same, exact name and the words just *sparkle* in writing. I remember sighing with joy and reading the same line over and over as it is one of the best written books, ever. I still recall that a tear of joy or gratitude came into my eyes many a time during both readings.

    Reluctantly, I must give one of my all-time favorite novels a less than stellar review. I suppose there is a website somewhere that has the chart, but not even this listener (me) can understand what is going on…. And Mr. Lee is reading it so fast that the words do not sparkle. They are yelled at you, rushing by someone who needed to use the bathroom immediately or is late for an appointment and must hurry! It’s a very bad production. If one loves beautiful, poetic lines, then, please pick up a paper copy.

    One hundred Years of Solitude MUST be read in print, as uninitiated people not familiar with the book will be even more confused as I am… It is hard for me to give a beloved novel such a low rating, but I must. If you have ever had ANY interest in reading OHYoS, please get a printed copy or download it into your reading device. I know the story by heart (I read it twice in a 2-year period because I am in 2 book discussion groups) and it was just as gorgeous the second time around. Whoever produced this beautiful book did a VERY poor job. And, it needs to come with a link to the chart… otherwise, you would not be able to tell who is who or what is happening.

    What a bummer!. I thought it would be brilliant and amazing to listen to it, but it is frustrating that John Lee did not even pause for punctuation, much less read it as fast as possible (is Audible trying to win an Olympic medal for being the world’s fastest reader?), and that it is truly a terrible blow. I am SO disappointed. OHYoS’s audible is not good at all. In fact, it is frustrating and disappointing. I just want to find my print copy and read it again, savoring each line by exquisite line. Skip this format, and go find a nice paper copy, or AT LEAST follow along with whatever reading gadget you have... You will not be disappointed. This new Audio version blows. Such a giant let down for this OHYoS fan.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    John Long Austin, TX USA 02-24-14
    John Long Austin, TX USA 02-24-14 Listener Since 2009

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    "Great story ruined by pathetic choice of narrator."
    What disappointed you about One Hundred Years of Solitude?

    The choice of John Lee to narrate this story is incomprehensible. Don't get me wrong, Lee is a great narrator, just completely wrong for this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I would place One Hundred Years of Solitude in the top ten novels ever written.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    You can tell he went to great lengths to get the pronunciations of the Spanish names correct. Everything else is with a very proper British accent. It distracts from the story continuously.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from One Hundred Years of Solitude?

    Changing anything would border on blasphemous. If anyone thinks they can write a better tale than Gabriel García Márquez, go for it. Don't draw a mustache on the Mona Lisa


    Any additional comments?

    I can only assume that the editor who chose the narrator for this book is off looking for someone with a heavy Japanese accent to narrate upcoming Dostoevsky audiobooks.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Wausau, WI, United States 02-24-14
    Sarah Wausau, WI, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "First audio book I did NOT finish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I could've followed the characters in the story. Even while consulting an online family tree diagram I was still lost. The first hour or two of the story was really quiet enjoyable and I was eagerly anticipating the rest of the book but somehow it took a bad turn and it literally became incomprehensible to me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    We are water by Wally Lamb


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Jimmy Smits


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Berkeley, CA, United States 02-09-14
    Richard Berkeley, CA, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderfully Rich Novel, Beautifully Performed If"

    Some books, like Joyce’s Ulysses, gain immeasurably from audio readings but paradoxically can be frustrating to listeners because of the density of detail, number of characters and the bewildering nonlinear narrative flow.

    I think 100 Years falls into this category. Fortunately, I discovered an approach that helped me a lot. I first simply listened to a chapter, then read the SparkNotes and/or Cliff Notes chapter summary available free online (referring to the character lists as necessary) and then re-listened to the same chapter. I found my comprehension and enjoyment of the book increased dramatically.

    It also increased my appreciation of John Lee’s approach. He reads the English translation with a rhythmic lilt, which usually I associate with poetry, not prose. But it gives the book an “epic” feel as if you were listening to the Bible or Homer or Dante being read. I initially found this strange and irritating but grew to appreciate how it created a dreamlike, hallucinatory quality.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Ashland, OR, United States 02-26-14
    Greg Ashland, OR, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding Audiobook!"
    Any additional comments?

    One Hundred Years of Solitude has made a name for itself as one of the most stunning novels of the 20th Century. So, it’s no surprise that many readers, like myself, have anxiously awaited its release on audiobook… yet it should also come as no surprise to fans like myself, that this is an intricately woven piece of literature, often requiring a little legwork to fully grasp the complex web of characters. I went into my listening experience knowing this, and after reading some scathing reviews by other listeners – while I understand how translation from page to digital can create some inevitable need for clarifications – I have to disagree with such harsh reviews that seem to trash the audiobook as a whole. If needed, there are plenty of resources online to help the listener along, not to mention, a hard copy of the novel (which, in my opinion, everyone should have regardless)! I found John Lee’s performance full of clarity and rhythmic narration, quickly and effectively engaging me as a listener. After much anticipation, I was thoroughly pleased with this audiobook, and would definitely recommend it - with the understanding that, as a novel, it is complex – but SO worth it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ex-Patty Santiago, Chile 02-07-14
    Ex-Patty Santiago, Chile 02-07-14 Member Since 2013

    New Englander Living in Latin America

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    "WHAT HAPPENED TO JIMMY SMITS, EDWARD JAMES OLMOS??"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I waited 3 months to hear the promised narration by Jimmy Smits to come out in December, then that just disappeared. Then Edward James Olmos was the promised narrater to come out in January, I ended up paying for narrator John Lee who's a fine narrator, but he sounds like Sean Connery (almost) telling a story about ancient Columbia. I've sent 2 emails, both ignored, to Audible for an explanation.


    What was most disappointing about Gabriel García Márquez’s story?

    There's no end to the engagement of listless and confused men with pathetic, skinny and abused prostitutes. Then there's the woman who sucks her finger and eats dirt and a host of other tawdry characters that apparently I missed what pearls of wisdom they are demonstrating about the supposed Latin culture detailed here by Marquez. I lived in Latin America for 4 years and thankfully it was much more interesting and sophisticated than this.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    He wasn't Latin. He wasn't Jimmy Smits or James Edward Olmos.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Fury.


    Any additional comments?

    I want a refund from Audio for selling me an audio book not narrated by the person I was buying it to hear.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Anh WESTMINSTER, CA, United States 03-21-14
    Anh WESTMINSTER, CA, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This book is meant to be read!"

    This is one of the best books I've ever read. I've read it twice when I was in high school and was very intrigued by the complexity of the story. If you ever read it in paperback version, you'd know what I mean. The hierarchy of the family is complex with the same names being repeated over and over again, so it is a must to keep track of the hierarchy to fully understand the repetition of life and fate among the characters. Also, there are many small and subtle details throughout the story that convey lots of meaning, which is why I read it twice.

    Well, all of those went wrong in this audio version. The narration is so fast that delivers almost no comprehension. Although I opened the hierarchy diagram from wiki while listening (which is very awkward and inconvenient), I got lost sometimes by very fast-paced narrating of names. Also, The break between paragraphs and stop/pause between sentences are terribly executed. I tried to slown down to 0.75x, but it was too much echo, so I gave up eventually.

    I'm waiting for the kindle version to literally read it again and to enjoy every single detail of the story. It is truly a very good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Butler, PA, United States 03-01-14
    Janet Butler, PA, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I wish I could have this credit back....."

    I tried....I really did. But I just couldn't get into this one at all. I gave up on it quite early on. Maybe it gets better? It's difficult to listen to and absorb, in part because the names are so challenging and hard to remember and keep track of. But also because I didn't like the way it was written and wasn't enjoying it at all. I'm afraid that I can't recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Cliff, NM, United States 02-10-14
    Barbara Cliff, NM, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Love the narration"

    I had read this book twice before--so I knew what I was getting into. The narrator did a wonderful job, the names rolling easily and swiftly from his tongue. Those names, so similar, are sometimes confusing so I got out my paperback which has a family tree at the beginning. It would be good if audible offered a download of the family tree to help keep track of the generations of the Buendia family. Did I say I love this book?

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    frances m gonzalez 04-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "rough reading"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    very very hard to listen to, had been very excited and impressed with Audible books until this one, much less excited and thought about canceling.


    Would you recommend One Hundred Years of Solitude to your friends? Why or why not?

    Perhaps in print, definitely not through this performance


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    not after this one


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    "Beautiful story - poor performance!"
    What would have made One Hundred Years of Solitude better?

    If the the narrator would not immitate an accent, and interpret all the women of every age as sounding like a cliché of drowsy, tired and yet mysterious old ladies. He turned the characters into parodies.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gabriel García Márquez? Why or why not?

    Yes - as I have previously read this book, I know that my bad experience is not based on the story but on the narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As previously mentioned, he turned the entire thing into a parody on south-american people - especially women! AND his accent was very weird - why roll the r's like that?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from One Hundred Years of Solitude?

    I wouldn't


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes you could hear the difference between takes - like a skip in the recording or a change in volume.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • alex
    London, United Kingdom
    2/25/14
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    "Awful reader, especially of women."
    How could the performance have been better?

    John Lee reads each sentence with a pompous and repetitive tone that is utterly divorced from its meaning, a real shame for a writer with such deftness and subtlety. The most offensive part of his performance, however, is his insistence on reading any female speech in the book with a ludicrous, breathy voice, thus undermining every female character. Can you imagine how farcical it would be if a female reader decided to do a comically deep and macho 'caveman voice' every time she spoke for a male character?! So off-putting I almost abandoned the damn thing on several occasions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Antti
    Jyväskylä, Finland
    3/19/14
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    "Excellent"

    Keeping this short, there's hardly much I might add with any elaborate analysis to the wonder that is Márquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude". It's funny, and I mean laugh-out-loud funny, it's emotionally draining; exquisitely written, both poetic and perceptive, it's full of great characterization, all sorts of interesting turns of events and all this narrated with precise, economically beautiful language.

    The audiobook was delayed, for some reason, and only released this year. John Lee's narration seems to draw the ire of many, but I for one absolutely loved his reading. True, at first I was shocked – the ebb and flowing of his sentences felt idiosyncratic and I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. But I continued listening, and very soon I found myself acknowledging that Márquez's narration is just as idiosyncratic, if not more. I was enticed by the words and the voice. In the end I was so involved I was sad when I was finished.

    I think this is a wonderful audiobook, not only because the book is among my all-time favorites, but also because of Lee's performance. I've never heard any of his audiobooks before, and he sounds a bit like a musing Hugo Weaving or a Raul Hilberg. This book sold me on the idea of finding more works read by him.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Freddie
    London, United Kingdom
    3/11/14
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    "Right book wrong reader"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Classic book & shame that no one will like it due to the reader


    What other book might you compare One Hundred Years of Solitude to, and why?

    It's unique


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    Possibly if it was non fiction


    What character would you cut from One Hundred Years of Solitude?

    no one


    Any additional comments?

    So many strong Latin American voices...shame for such a classic book the producers screwed up with the choice of voice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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