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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Riveting audio experience!

First class performance from Richard Poe. His deep steady voice, with its myriad of subtle shifts of accent and character made this audiobook head and shoulders the best I've heard in several years of Audible membership.
Helped of course by the high quality of the novel itself - an elegy for America in the second half of of the twentieth century, despite the seedy, sordid glimpses of its underbelly.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-17

disappointed with this narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't recommend this recording. I found the narration mechanical, devoid of feeling and curiously delivered. The narrator had a very limited range of voices, just a breathy high voice for females and a breathy lower voice for males. I don't know enough Spanish to have an opinion on his pronunciation but several English words were pronounced wrongly - impious was 'impeeous', primer was 'primmer', and vehement was 'vyhement'. It was all very distracting.

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

I'd compare it to other books featuring magic realism - Love in the Time of Cholera by the same author and The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

Probably not.

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

Unlikely. The book was published fifty years ago and would have been filmed by now if it had been suitable for film adaptation. The seven generations of characters with similar names would have been difficult enough to portray but also to reflect the history of Colombia and incorporate magic realism to good effect would have been well nigh impossible. Though if it had, Meryl Streep would no doubt have won an Oscar for her portrayal of the hundred year old Ursula.

Any additional comments?

Notwithstanding the quality of the narration, I'm glad I listened to this novel on audio. I think I'd have found it hard going to read with its plethora of characters, its obscure (to me) historical references and the magic realism (I'm not a fan) but it's one of the most important Latin American books of the twentieth century and worth the effort.

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