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One Hundred Years of Solitude Audiobook

One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

    22 of 33 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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    Bette 05-02-14
    Bette 05-02-14

    I listen to novels for distraction and entertainment and rate them on the experience, not literary merit. I prefer to read good literature.

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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kay M Hawklee 06-22-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful Narration"

    This is a really masterful narration, one of the best I've ever heard on Audible. I highly recommend this audiobook!

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    amanda marie 06-08-17 Member Since 2017

    Audible employee and true lover of American classics, feminism, Harry Potter, and good dogs.

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    "A Timeless Performance"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books, and after listening to the Audible version I love it even more. The narrator was a great fit. When reading the book, it can get confusing with the repetition of naming conventions (Jose Arcadio, Arcadio, Jose Arcadio Segundo, and all the Aurelianos!) but the narrating almost differentiates between each character in a way that reading the book could not. I find the story, and surrealism, so comforting and magical. I usually listen to this book on repeat as I fall asleep.

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    Amanda Mercier 05-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It's been called a masterpiece: it's true!"

    This book was mystical and beautiful. A weaving of generations. Biblical in nature, lyrical in prose. A classic.

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    Chela J. Noto Santa Monica , CA USA 05-03-17
    Chela J. Noto Santa Monica , CA USA 05-03-17 Member Since 2016

    Godiva Bacci

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    "Beautiful Story poorly narrated"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The work itself is extraordinary, the story sinks in like a dream, the narration is poor. I have read it both in the original and in English. Rabassa's translation is beyond reproach.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    I am stumped that an Englishman who cannot pronounce Spanish names was selected to narrate this work. It was such a disconnect for me that I had to stop listening.


    Could you see One Hundred Years of Solitude being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It shouldn't ever be made into a movie or a series - I doubt that there is a director or a cast who can live up to the work.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to hear a narration in English read by bilingual actors.

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    Yuval 04-26-17
    Yuval 04-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "no regrets"

    I liked it but not that much. Chaos and desires prevail. If this is Latin America, I don't want to live there, perhaps only visit.

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