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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.

©1964 Gabrriel García Márquez (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Amazingly entertaining work

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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Just don't get the hoopla about this book

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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

22 of 33 people found this review helpful

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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.<br/><br/>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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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

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A Failed Experiment

Along with so many other audible listeners, I clamored for the release of One Hundred Years of Solitude in audio version. About a quarter of the way in, I metaphorically slapped myself upside the head, remembering that the character in this book is the family and the town around it. The people of the story are roots, limbs- vingette characters that together grow into a wondrous portrait of a life.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is indeed a great book; it is also an intimate book, a private experience between Marquez and you, his reader. No middleman, not even the best of narrators (and they tried three!) can make it work.

Buy the paperback.

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I appreciate it, but not my thing

This book is creative, funny, completely bizarre, amazing characters, fantastic story telling, and it is performed wonderfully. There were moments that I felt this was a historical piece and then something completely off-the-wall would happen, and I'd laugh or shake my head. That said, I had a hard time getting into it. I'm a little embarrassed to write this, but I had a hard time following all the characters because so many of them shared the same name! It would have been different for me if I was reading their name in print, but it was hard for me to follow while listening. Again, some of this is due to multiple characters with the same same overlapped with skipping around in the timeline, but some is due to my inability to remember names without something visual to associate it with! :)

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not for everyone

I think this is not be read in the audiobook form. the story was boring. I think it is supposed to be read between the lines to understand its quality and the hype.

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  • Joan
  • 07-07-17

Speed too fast or too slow.

The reader has a beautiful voice. However, At the speed it is delivered he seems to be speaking at a rate of knots not normal human speech level. Take it down a notch to .75 and no it is unbearably andnaturally slow.

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  • Ms
  • 09-05-14

What an apt title

What disappointed you about One Hundred Years of Solitude?

In high school English class, we learned about the run-on sentence.<br/>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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gabriel García Márquez again?

Probably not, unless highly recommended by someone who's read this review

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

Lively, theatrical, appropriate for this material

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Reading some literary critiques and analysis helped me see the qualities - the political relevance, the symbolism.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Ritchie
  • 03-30-17

This took forever

I guess it my lack of culture, but I just didnt get this book, and it bored me but I felt I had to finish it, dont waist your time

0 of 2 people found this review helpful