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
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.
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.
We are water by Wally Lamb
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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.
"More work than it is worth"
Reads like a series of unrelated short stories /events stuck together badly into one book. There were numerous characters whose names all sound more or less the same and it jumps around so much with so little continuity it is very difficult to follow what is going on.
I cannot remember ever coming across a book that I found myself rewinding to the start of the chapter, or going back to the start of the previous chapter, as much as this. As each chapter is approx 45 mins, it is heavy going and very unrewarding
Avoid, unless you feel the urge to get a pen and paper to try and keep track of any semblance of a narrative or character evolution
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