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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.

    21 of 32 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

    durango81

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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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    odySEA 02-17-17
    odySEA 02-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow"

    Incredible story, incredible reading. Bravo!
    Didn't like the reader at first but he did have the right voice to carry the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 01-26-17
    Barbara 01-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I didn't think I'd like this book"

    This book captivated my attention. This is odd to say but this story used the absolute right words in the right order. You could envision each generation clearly. I enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 01-04-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 01-04-17 Member Since 2016

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "Magical Realism that just Feels Bumpy & Disjointed"

    It seems I may be one of the few people on earth who doesn't like this book. I understand that Marquez uses magical realism throughout. I understand that this book is a classic. I get it that it is an epic story covering a huge span of time and using flashbacks and flash forwards brilliantly. Unfortunately, none of that helps me to enjoy this book. I found it disjointed and boring. I never learned to like any of the main characters. I never fell in love with the place. And for me if I do not love the characters or the setting nothing else matters much. For me, character is king.

    John Lee was the only thing I enjoyed about listening to this book. He is always good. In fact, he is generally better than good, and that remains the case here. Despite his excellence I couldn't get through it. I quit about 3/4 in. I tried desperately to like it. I even went to Spark Notes to read the synopsis and analysis of the chapters I had finished hoping it would enlighten me to chunks of the story I had missed -- but I had not missed anything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-03-17 Member Since 2016

    Getting Classy!

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    "Liked not Loved"
    Any additional comments?

    There were many negative reviews on this book based on John Lee's narration and I slightly agree with them. I actually enjoyed the narration with the exception of how John Lee did the character voices, good thing most of the story is told by the narrator's POV, the other being how fast the story was read, it could have been slowed done ever so slightly with pauses between paragraphs. I normally follow along in the book (when able) while listening to any audiobook so that enabled me to follow the story easily. If I didn't follow along I would have been lost about 50% of the time.

    I enjoyed the story at times and was annoyed by the prose at other times. You definitely need the family tree chart to understand the story, it's now available as a .pdf when you buy the audiobook, it doesn't show up on the iphone app but does appear at the .com site. The beautiful and at times daunting descriptions and adjectives used sometime leave you a bit lost but I believe that's the beauty of the story, and as much as I was annoyed by it at times it also opened up a different style of writing I was not accustomed to and because of that I definitely want to read more of Marquez's work. I kept looking for a deeper meaning and trying to understand the solitude of each character but really didn't find it in my first read so it might be a book you read more than once. I have to admit, I wasn't moved emotionally by the story but that didn't bother me. It wasn't a book I was able to read for hours on end, I would read a chapter or two then rest, then pick up again for a chapter. It took me about 6 days to get through the book at that pace.

    Overall I would say it's a book you should read/listen to. If you listen to it, I would advise following along in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Blue Ridge Summit, PA 12-26-16
    Amazon Customer Blue Ridge Summit, PA 12-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Strange"

    This book is famous, but I found it strange. I hope I can find other books from this part of the world that will help me understand it.

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    Lisa J. Sneed 12-19-16 Member Since 2015

    cakelady

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    "Unusual story"

    I expected this story to be fantastic but it was not.
    I can't give this story a great rating, because it just simply made no sense. Its characters all have the same names for generations and it's hard to figure out who the author is referring to at a particular time. When the characters are living to be 100, 145 and 200 years old and they all have the same name, it gets crazy confusing.
    The narrator wasn't very good, in my opinion. He was dripping with theatrical accents and voices and he became irritating, very quickly.

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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
    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 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"
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    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
  • Ghizela rowe
    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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