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One Hundred Years of Solitude Audiobook

One Hundred Years of Solitude

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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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    kd TX, USA 07-24-14
    kd TX, USA 07-24-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Wierd Spanish accent"

    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.

    4 of 5 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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Rotermund Massachusetts 03-07-16
    Cynthia Rotermund Massachusetts 03-07-16 Member Since 2014

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    "A TALE OF GENERATIONS"

    A friend said this book was life-changing. I didn't feel the same. It was interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    melanie 12-17-15
    melanie 12-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazingly entertaining work"

    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!

    1 of 1 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

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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.

    20 of 30 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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    Durango 05-08-14
    Durango 05-08-14

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    "Somewhat hard to listen to this audiobook"
    Would you listen to One Hundred Years of Solitude again? Why?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Probably no


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jenna Conlee Fredericksburg, VA United States 06-24-16
    Jenna Conlee Fredericksburg, VA United States 06-24-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Awful narration-literature mismatch, very odd."

    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.

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  • Mary lopez
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    "boring and iincomprehensible"
    Would you try another book written by Gabriel García Márquez or narrated by John Lee?

    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.


    What could Gabriel García Márquez have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    more interesting characters


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

    John lee was fine as a narrator


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Versoix, Switzerland
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    "What an apt title"
    What disappointed you about One Hundred Years of Solitude?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gabriel García Márquez again?

    Probably not, unless highly recommended by someone who's read this review


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Lively, theatrical, appropriate for this material


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Reading some literary critiques and analysis helped me see the qualities - the political relevance, the symbolism.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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