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
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.
Perhaps in print, definitely not through this performance
not after this one
New Englander Living in Latin America
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.
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.
He wasn't Latin. He wasn't Jimmy Smits or James Edward Olmos.
I want a refund from Audio for selling me an audio book not narrated by the person I was buying it to hear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be clear on one thing this book is a bath of magical realism. if that's what you want then maybe it's for you. I got one third of the way through when I simply could not stand it anymore. it was a waste of my time and money.
The narrator is so good that he unintentionally enhances the Magical elements of the story. I don't think it helped that I had previously listened to hours and hours of writing by Ken Follett. it's the same narrator. As a result it was very difficult for me to get the Ken Follett stories out of my mind.
This book is one of the greatest pieces of literature I've ever read. The imagery and metaphors bring the town of Mercondo to life.
Way up there.
This is not an easy book to listen to because some of the names and the repetition of names was hard to keep straight while I was in my car and driving and occasionally distracted. Nevertheless, yes, I recommend it. It is just so well-crafted and epic.
As both a book lover & slow reader, I used to fantasize about books that would read themselves to me. My childhood dream came true!
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.
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.
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.
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