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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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Publisher's Summary

Includes a bonus PDF with a character chart!

One of the twentieth 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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.


©1964 Gabrriel García Márquez (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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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


    24 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Anh 03-21-14
    Anh 03-21-14
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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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    kim brookline, MA, United States 05-26-14
    kim brookline, MA, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to be read to!

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    "Not working as an audio book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I had read this book years ago and loved it. When the author died recently I thought I would love to experience the book again. For me listening to this book is an excersize in frustration. The characters names are so similar that I cannot keep them apart and this is ruining the experience. With a book I can underline, check back easily and even keep crib notes but not in audio. For me audio books have limitations and this is one of them.


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

    He is much too aggressive in his voice. It feels like I am being yelled at during the reading. He also is pretty consistant in this voice and so there is no break from his heightened voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not recommend this audiobook.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    frances m gonzalez 04-03-14 Member Since 2015
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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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sally stanton manhattan beach, ca United States 03-09-14
    sally stanton manhattan beach, ca United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Just don't get the hoopla about this book"

    Many friends over the years have recommended this book so when it came out on Audible and with John Lee narrating, I jumped at the chance. Besides finding it impossible to keep the characters straight, i just didn't care about them. Some reviewers have said it is better to read and have a chart of the characters for reference which I agree. I thought about looking online for this but ultimately just stopped listening because the storyjust did not interest me.
    I have enjoyed John Lee in the past but this is not his best work.
    Sorry I wasted my credit but happy to listen to something else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ex-Patty 02-07-14
    Ex-Patty 02-07-14

    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.

    18 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 07-31-14
    Michael 07-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Need a different narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. Reading the book, the story is difficult to follow. Listening to it is even more difficult. Unless you have a familiarity with the book, it's probably best not to try to it.

    In addition, the narrator was totally inappropriate for this book and he really took me out of the book with his Scottish/British accent.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A new narrator is needed. I recently listened to Love in the Time of Cholera and Armando Duran's narration was excellent. I was disappointed to see that John Lee, not Duran, was narrating this. Lee's performance took me totally out of the novel.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel is difficult and listening to it without having first read it, will not be easy. In any case, do not listen to this version. Wait for a more appropriate narrator. I recommend Armando Duran.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 08-25-15
    Katie 08-25-15
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    "Wait for the end"

    I'll be honest, it was rough at times but I loved the book so much more when I understood a lot more in the end and now I appreciate the parts that were harder for me in the middle of the book.

    Ps. The audio book saved my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 08-13-15
    Robert 08-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sorry; I don't get it."

    I imagine there's a message buried somewhere in this narrative. Depravity gets you nowhere? Endless meandering earns you plaudits from people too insecure to say otherwise? Long novels earn royalties? You tell me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Sharp 07-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The reader enlivens this book."

    I realize many gush over this book. It's perhaps too complex a plot for an audio book. The reader does an excellent job but the seven generations of characters are difficult to follow.

    Read a synopsis before taking this on as an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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