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One Hundred Years of Solitude Audiobook

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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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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    Alex 04-03-16
    Alex 04-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A journey!"

    I typically don't have the time to sit down and read a good book. Thanks to audible I could enjoy this fantastic story anywhere as if I were reading it and could still go about my usual routine. It was a very entertaining and is the best retelling from an audio book I have listened too thus far!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EM Goodkind Menlo Park, CA 03-20-16
    EM Goodkind Menlo Park, CA 03-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Yes, this is a challenging read, but way worth it!"

    Yes, what many others have said is true. It does take some effort to keep the list of characters with similar names straight. But the characters are far less than the whole of this quirky, family saga, and I finished the book not even sure that it was necessary to identify names with characters in a literal sense. The author often writes in starkly realistic detail, which can wickedly deceive the reader into thinking that this is a starkly realistic novel at least externally. Just what is reality? I have a more flexible view after finishing this book. John Lee's narration is superb. I strongly recommend this book and suggest that the attached PDF is invaluable but not sufficient. As others have recommended, it is useful to grab some tools for this listen -- summaries such as Sparknotes, a printed copy of the book, Wikipedia references...

    0 of 0 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.

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    Chelsea 03-06-16
    Chelsea 03-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not for casual listening"

    I drive a lot so audio books keep me from having to change stations or listen to the same 5 pop songs all the time. I tried listening to this book multiple times but kept getting lost. I don't know if it was the narrator's accent or the bouncing storyline, but after an hour I still could not tell you what was going on. If you can focus and hang onto every word, perhaps you will enjoy this audiobook. I'll try my luck with the print version next time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    garren 03-01-16
    garren 03-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "it says a headline is optional. it lies"

    eh. I read this book so I would be prepared when crashcourse talks about it in their next literature course. it was interestibg and a fascinating way to learn about Columbia culture, but overall the story is too overarching for me. its a bookbabout 6 generations. that doesnt leave much room for character development and since im not a native columbian, the names were infuriatingly confusing to keep track of. but the parts i could keep track of were very interesting and have made me want to learn more about columbia

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pete BRIGHAM CITY, UT, United States 02-23-16
    pete BRIGHAM CITY, UT, United States 02-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "I just didn't get it"

    This is one of those books that I feel like is probably really great, but that I just don't understand. Maybe it was over my head, or maybe just not my cup of tea, but I just didn't enjoy it much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lauren 02-20-16
    lauren 02-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Still confused"

    I am not sure what this book was about. But it had some fantastical parts

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    Angela Ferrall 02-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "No character development"

    This book is just a list of events. Events that happen to characters that the author gives no compelling reason for the reader to care about.

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    Michelle Ramos 02-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Performance terrible"

    The guy performing this is so terrible I couldn't get more than 1 hr into it. He over pronounces every word and it's highly irritating. Waste of money. It's a shame bc it seems like a good book!

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    SheRose85 Cali, USA 01-29-16
    SheRose85 Cali, USA 01-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting mix of reality and imaginary!"

    I really liked the beginning, the middle was ok and I Loved the end! It takes you back in time to another world!

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  • alex
    London, United Kingdom
    2/25/14
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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.


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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
  • Janet Hughes
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    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
  • AK
    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
  • 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

    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
  • Amazon Customer
    11/28/15
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    "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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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