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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.

©1964 Gabrriel García Márquez (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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The story was amazing! I'll revisit it again in the future for a good surreal experience

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It's an interesting story.

i enjoyed it, but it was hard to keep the characters straight with so many same names.

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Delightfully Bizarre


This is my first venture into the genre of “magical realism”, not sure if it fits but this is one really bizarre story. The author takes us into the world of the family Buendia and the fictional town they founded Macondo, which at first might be considered a peaceful haven but the inhabitants are a bit unusual..ok, that might be an understatement....just plain batty might fit better. They do so many strange things it's hard to keep up with all the antics and schemes going on..I don't know for sure if I really liked the story or some of the crazy might have invaded my little gray cells. I listened to the audible version of the book and must admit that the performance by the narrator was excellent and added entertainment to the read.

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finally!

I'm not gonna lie... I was lost A LOT! the imagery is fantastic, the characters are interesting, but transitions and clarity are severely lacking! I've always wanted to read this book, and now I have!

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Come and gone with the wind

Very interesting book. Took me a while to get used to its narrative but afterward it was interesting how the stories felt so real and tragic. Like a summary of game of thrones in a Latin American fiction state which grew and collapsed. Well read and enjoyable. Although I got names mixed up from time to time it still flowed as a natural narrative of events which happened to the Buendía lineage. Really enjoyed it!

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Choppy dubbed audio was distracting

Several times throughout the book, it was obvious that the reader's voice was overdubbed to make corrections (or something)- especially for the name "Ursula" - it was copied from later parts of the reading and pasted into the sentences, making it sound like an audio ransom note. It was VERY distracting, especially since the story itself is difficult to follow.

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my favorite novel

This is my third time reading it. I found the audio version to be immensely powerful. The narrator was excellent. Each time I read this book additional layers and themes are revealed. Truly a masterpiece.

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Must Read/Listen for any Bibliophile!

Where does One Hundred Years of Solitude rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The performance of One Hundred Years of Solitude was near perfection. Mr. Lee's rendition was riveting and engaging throughout the book. His characterization of the many Buendia personalities helped me visualize their interactions.

What other book might you compare One Hundred Years of Solitude to and why?

One Hundred Years of Solitude is difficult for me to compare, especially since I have just begun to return to reading on a constant basis. Magical realism makes reading the story difficult, but Mr. Lee's interpretation made the story easy to follow. From what I understand, anything from Isabelle Allende is worth a read - especially House of Spirits.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

I rather enjoyed the whimsical portrayal of Remedios the Beauty. I understood the sensation of cluelessness he gave to Remedios, and it enriched a character that may have been a footnote had I read it myself.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth.

Any additional comments?

So happy that I picked up this book. It has become one of my favorites - in no small part to Mr. Lee's portrayal.

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Playful and surreal

Enjoy the magical ride! I can see why Marquez captured so much attention with this work.

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Terrible

I got 1/4 of the way through this book because my book club was reading it. None of us finished it and we all agreed it was terrible.