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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.

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©1964 Gabrriel García Márquez (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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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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    Ex-Patty 02-07-14
    Ex-Patty 02-07-14

    New Englander Living in Latin America

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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 31 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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    Midlothien The World 09-20-16
    Midlothien The World 09-20-16 Member Since 2009

    As both a book lover & slow reader, I used to fantasize about books that would read themselves to me. My childhood dream came true!

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    I read this because it is acknowledge as a classic from the Hispanic world. To be honest, I just couldn't wait for it to finish. The magic is odd, inconsistent, and in many cases distracting to the story. The story follows several generations of a family, which can be very interesting. For me, though, I grew less interested with each passing generation.

    The style in which the family's history was conveyed was also confusing to me. Sometimes it seemed a character was dead, but then they are in a future scene as if nothing had happened. Other times a character seems to be important, then they turn out to be minor at best. I had very little emotional investment in any character as I didn't feel we ever get to actually know any of them well enough. Many who should have been main characters just felt flat, with little growth or development even though the story spans not just theirs, but many life spans.

    Perhaps if I were to reread the book I would better understand many things I missed, and would therefore appreciate it more; but I really don't want to commit that many more hours to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael ARCADIA, CA, United States 09-17-16
    Michael ARCADIA, CA, United States 09-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "In My Top Ten"

    This audiobook is brilliant, and among my favorites of all time. John Lee gives a stellar performance, full of heart, menace, irony, passion, triumph and wisdom. I've heard a lot of his narrations, and this is his best. The quality of the book helps, of course, and One Hundred Years of Solitude is an eternal classic. This is a recording I will treasure and will listen to again.

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    Tashfiq Salam 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Telling of a Classic"

    The story itself that Marquez has written is incredible and worth visiting several times in life. The themes and imagery are great. It's a masterpiece of magical realism.

    I enjoyed the narrator of this audiobook and thought he did a decent job of animating the many characters in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 08-21-16
    Charles 08-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hated it"

    What a waste of time. I have no idea why this book has received such accolades.

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    TM 08-11-16
    TM 08-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Magic realism is not for everyone."

    Would have benefited from a university prof sitting near by to tell me wtf was going on sometimes. Thank goodness Crash Course on You Tube will be covering this work this year. wonderful narrator though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Detroit MI 08-02-16
    Amazon Customer Detroit MI 08-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I will listen to this again and again"

    it's a long story filled with lots of characters sometimes I lost track of who was who but a lovely story of love and struggle, pain and celebration.
    A awesome audio book.

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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.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
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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
  • 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

    1 of 2 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mary lopez
    8/28/14
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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

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