One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Beautiful story - poor performance!

What would have made One Hundred Years of Solitude better?

If the the narrator would not immitate an accent, and interpret all the women of every age as sounding like a cliché of drowsy, tired and yet mysterious old ladies. He turned the characters into parodies.

Would you be willing to try another book from Gabriel García Márquez? Why or why not?

Yes - as I have previously read this book, I know that my bad experience is not based on the story but on the narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

As previously mentioned, he turned the entire thing into a parody on south-american people - especially women! AND his accent was very weird - why roll the r's like that?

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from One Hundred Years of Solitude?

I wouldn't

Any additional comments?

Sometimes you could hear the difference between takes - like a skip in the recording or a change in volume.

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- Anne

Awful reader, especially of women.

How could the performance have been better?

John Lee reads each sentence with a pompous and repetitive tone that is utterly divorced from its meaning, a real shame for a writer with such deftness and subtlety. The most offensive part of his performance, however, is his insistence on reading any female speech in the book with a ludicrous, breathy voice, thus undermining every female character. Can you imagine how farcical it would be if a female reader decided to do a comically deep and macho 'caveman voice' every time she spoke for a male character?! So off-putting I almost abandoned the damn thing on several occasions.

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- alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-01-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.