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One Hundred Years of Solitude Audiobook

One Hundred Years of Solitude

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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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    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.

    5 of 6 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


    27 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    kd TX, USA 07-24-14
    kd TX, USA 07-24-14 Member Since 2012

    kd

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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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    Elvie 06-14-16
    Elvie 06-14-16

    Elvie

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    "So Confused!"

    I am a huge fan of Like Water for Chocolate and this has been recommended to me many times over the years as something I might like, and thus has been on my reading list for a very, very long time. I was very excited by the prospect of listening to the novel as I have just discovered Audible, but this book in audio form is impossible to follow. The names are all the same! I have no idea who is doing what and unfortunately I'm a few hours in and I'm throwing in the towel as continuing to listen would just be a waste of time since I can never figure out who the narrator is supposed to be referring to. There is a PDF character chart that accompanies the audio book, but all that did was reinforce that I am not crazy and 90% of the characters do indeed share names with other characters. Part of me wants to try reading the print version, but after looking at the character chart I'm not sure that would even help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nami87 06-08-16
    Nami87 06-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I Had Higher Hopes"

    I wanted to like this book. I really wanted to love it because it came highly recommended. I hoped there would be a great payoff at the end but I think I'm just missing something in how this book is written. It just doesn't appeal to me at all though. It just felt like it rambled on and on to no end. I also found the naming of the family members really confusing and I had to refer to an online family tree for reference on a regular basis. I'll try this book again, but on my first pass, I just don't get it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RI in Canada 05-26-16
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    "Not worth the time it takes"

    I know this is supposed to be a classic, and Marquez is considered the best Spanish-language writer of the 20th Century, but I could barely finish it. I frankly found the whole thing boring. I feel like I didn't get this book. Maybe it's because I've read more recent and more interesting examples of magic realism (Rushdie, for instance). Maybe it's because there are a billion characters who all have the same name and it gets rather tedious to remember the obscure relationships between multiple generations all of whom have the same name and sleep with each other, so the possible intrigues just become bogged down in the mundane. Maybe it's because there's a political commentary (the banana company? the endless rebellions and wars? the random assassinations?) that have relevance to a Colombian context but which are completely lost on me with my eurocentric world of understanding. Maybe it's because there is no real plot and no real character development -- nothing really to care about except the game of narrating, and I just didn't find the narration that interesting. If you're feeling intrigued by this, read Rushdie instead -- he's doing similar things but better and more accessible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bandersnatch Bangor, Maine 04-21-16
    Bandersnatch Bangor, Maine 04-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Too wacky"

    Too wacky for my taste. I was unable to suspend disbelief long enough to get into the plot if there was one.

    1 of 1 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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  • Anne
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    2/25/14
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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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • alex
    London, United Kingdom
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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.


    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Janet Hughes
    4/27/15
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    "just simply fantastic."

    An odyssey brought to life. Magical Realism at its very best. A must listen for all Marquez fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harry
    4/7/15
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    "Storytelling at its best"

    One of the most emotive and engrossing stories I've ever experienced. I was recommended the book by a friend and tried the audio version, I'm glad I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BenGee333
    Edinburgh, Midlothian Scotland
    2/15/16
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    "PLAY AUDIO SAMPLE FIRST !!!…"

    ‘reviews’ are such a difficult thing, opinions are easy…

    *** [so much so this in incomplete, i will add to when i can and or have the inclination…

    i’ve posted it incomplete because i feel it’s better to say something {if incomplete} rather than nothing] ***

    1 person 1 opinion, 100 people 100 opinions!

    where i’m coming from/ context/ points to consider when reading my review:

    1). for me audiobooks have been a life changing discovery, listened to about 100 in the last 4 years so my overwhelming feeling is that of GRATITUDE [that someone has taken the time and effort to read and record a book {that i under normal circumstances would not manage to read, certainly not in 14 hours, maybe 14 months LOL cry}]

    2). i listen in a van/ car/ driving environment

    3). romantic reading (not ‘gone with the wind’ romantic but could be [i took to be a] thought of as a ‘romantic’ reading!??)

    4). have a Spanish girlfriend who i had listen to 5 minutes and she said

    *** [incomplete, i will add her thoughts when i can and or have the inclination…] ***

    5). what solution would you offer for a MAN reading a Womans part?? [to give ‘a sense’ of a Woman speaking] to me the idea of lightening ones masculine tones seems an obvious, effective and acceptable one!..

    my point is there are 100 things one could say or interpret about the reader and reading of this or any book

    i have given 5 stars for the reading of this book

    i have heard some really awful readings of books both performance and technically

    my point/ my feeling/ my opinion is this is far far far from any such bad readings

    [TO ME/ imo] John Lee’s reading of this book has been [WITHOUT DOUBT] ONE OF THE BEST READINGS OF ANY BOOK i have yet to hear!!!

    so much so i have left a review, i tend no to because i hardly feel i am qualified, especially when dealing with such books

    an opinion maybe but a review… until i have produced similar i think i’ll leave that to others…

    the most useful information i could give [and the reason i have posted] is to

    PLAY AUDIO SAMPLE of this book BEFORE PURCHASING in a quite room and listen to it in it’s ENTIRETY having done so make your purchase (or not) based on your instinct/ your gut reaction to the John Lee’s voice and tones, i did and i bought

    if you like the 5 minute sample, you’ll not be disappointed, irritated or offended

    if you don’t you know not to buy

    simple

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Antti
    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • DT
    10/6/16
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    "Funeral wreaths for sale"
    Would you listen to One Hundred Years of Solitude again? Why?

    Yes. Like many "classics", this novel is likely to change on re-reading; I wouldn't, therefore, re-read it for reassurance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ursula - because she is almost ever-present.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The account of the transportation in two hundred railway trucks of two thousand (?) dead workers, mown down by the authorities ... and then the counter-claim that none of this happened.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Marquez refused to allow it to be filmed and I can see why.


    Any additional comments?

    “One Hundred Years of Solitude” (1967) is an extraordinary novel, as many readers attest. Six or maybe seven generations of the Buendía family are embraced. Hurricanes strike. Political turmoil bursts out and armies are on the march across the landscape of Colombia, motivated by stark but unexplored ideologies. Myth and history run in and out of each other’s spheres, while realistic dialogue and description merge with fantastic asides and episodes. Ghosts, more than memories, invade the present. The railway arrives, as does the cinema; labour wars divide the nation. Meanwhile, incest is present in the history of the Buendía family, which is caught up in bloody and retributive personal and national struggles.

    The imaginary town of Macondo, founded by the patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, and the narrator seek to hold this extraordinary complexity together, though the surprising lack of substance in the descriptions of the town and the even tone of the narrator – however startling the subject of a sentence – do create a novel that is nearly all mountain peaks and relatively few foothills and plains. Take, as just one example, a passage around which a whole novel or at least a chapter might be constructed but which is soon superceded by another intriguing episode, and then another, probably from fifty years later or earlier:

    “[Aureliano Segundo] became lost in misty by-ways, in times reserved for oblivion, in labyrinths of disappointment. He crossed a yellow plain where echoes repeated one's thoughts and where anxiety brought on premonitory mirages. After sterile weeks he came to an unknown city where all the bells were tolling a dirge. Although he had never seen them and no one had ever described them to him, he immediately recognised the walls eaten away by bone salt, the broken down wooden balconies gutted by fungus and nailed to the outside door almost erased by rain the saddest cardboard sign in the world: ‘Funeral wreaths for sale’".

    As a consequence of this excess of memorable writing, “One Hundred Years of Solitude” has the effect of going on and on, making it at least a challenge to sustain one’s reading, which, I think, needs ups and downs. Each sentence, even, can exert a fascination but over 400+ pages this is overwhelming, in a way that two writers who also make place matter and for whom time cam be, at once, the present and the past – James Joyce, in "Ulysses", and William Faulkner, in "Absalom, Absalom!" – seem to avoid, possibly because their prose, while equally mesmeric, is able to shift register, for instance, between gothic melodrama and poor-white regional vernacular in Faulkner. Marquez’s novel is remarkable but not as moving as I had expected, though the conclusion is aesthetically satisfying. I shall now try “Love in theTime of Cholera” (1985).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tul'si
    London, United Kingdom
    7/26/14
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    "Monotonous"
    Any additional comments?

    About this performance: the narrator makes all the characters sound pretty much the same. In a story where many characters already share first names, it would have helped to give them some individuality by varying the voices. I can see how this reading might correspond to the abstract spirit of the novel, but I found the listening experience monotonous. The book didn't come alive to me.

    1 of 2 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

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bsmboo111
    12/10/15
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    "Very compelling story if a little confusing!"

    I think that actually I would have benefitted more from physically reading this book rather than listening to it. As the time line jumps back and forth, and some of the character names are very similar sounding I think seeing them written down would have helped! I have not yet finished it, but will do when I have a longer time to really concentrate on the storyline, and will probably start it again and lose myself properly in it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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