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.
©1964 Gabrriel García Márquez (P)2013 Blackstone Audio
This is the second reading I've attempted by John Lee. His accent grates on my nerves so that he ruins the texts for me. His Spanish accent is oddly slow, and while the pronunciation is correct, it sounds stilted and invariably pulls me out of the story when he comes to a word in Spanish. His English is also punctuated by odd humming pauses.
I love to be read to!
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.
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.
I do not recommend this audiobook.
Douglas Adams meets the Addams Family....WOW! Garcia Marquez was a literary genius and his Nobel Prize was well deserved. John Lee's reading was very well done and his inflections made me laugh out loud numerous times. I have to disagree with those reviewers who found it difficult to keep the characters straight without a chart of the family tree. The time span covered by the book is roughly 100 years, and obviously there will be a number of characters from different generations. I found the theme of variations on the same few names used over and over, confusing even the family members themselves, to be hysterical. Don't try to keep the genealogy straight in your head.....there won't be a test. Just listen and enjoy!
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.
Perhaps in print, definitely not through this performance
not after this one
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.
New Englander Living in Latin America
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.
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.
He wasn't Latin. He wasn't Jimmy Smits or James Edward Olmos.
I want a refund from Audio for selling me an audio book not narrated by the person I was buying it to hear.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. It can be hard to follow the story and characters and that is why I must listen to this book again. Difficult to listen to the narrator.
I love this book and have read it before. Listening to it being read by someone with a British accent is so wrong. The narrator would be great for Shakespeare but this bizarre narration is a disservice to a great work and author. Come on, Audible! Disappointing in every way.
"boring and iincomprehensible"
I had read another book by this author and enjoyed it very much. I was therefore very disapppointed that i did not enjoy this book. in fact, i didnt finish it and I rarely give up on a book. It would have been more enjoyable with more personal character storyline instead of endless talk of war.
more interesting characters
John lee was fine as a narrator
"What an apt title"
In high school English class, we learned about the run-on sentence.
I appreciate the cultural relevance of this book to Latin Americans and related scholars; however, not being one, there is absolutely nothing here for me to relate to, to clutch at, no common frame of reference, nothing universal enough to compensate for my blatant Europeanism. I hung on for a good few hours... but eventually lost my grip and gave up.
Probably not, unless highly recommended by someone who's read this review
Lively, theatrical, appropriate for this material
Reading some literary critiques and analysis helped me see the qualities - the political relevance, the symbolism.
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