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Author: Gabriel García Márquez, Wendy T. Behary, LCSW Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781483086866
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race.”

    William Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author

  • “More lucidity, wit, wisdom, and poetry than is expected from one hundred years of novelists, let alone one man.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “García Márquez feeds the mind’s eye nonstop…Like the jungle itself, this novel comes back again and again, fecund, savage, and irresistible.”

    Chicago Tribune Book World

  • “Unofficially, it’s everybody’s favorite work of world literature and the novel that, more than any other since World War II, has inspired novelists of our time…sexy, entertaining, experimental, politically radical, and wildly popular all at once.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Narrator John Lee pulls listeners into this enchanting and mystical tale, often described as the quintessential Latin American novel…Listeners will enjoy Lee’s enticing images of gypsies’ flying carpets and conversational ghosts, and embrace Lee’s solemnity as he describes the soldier patriarch who lost thirty-two consecutive wars and the children born with pigs’ tails. Soon, one is entwined in Márquez’s magical world.”


  • “My favorite novels are extended songs. What is One Hundred Years of Solitude if not an opera? And a grand one at that!”

    Sting, Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter and musician

  • “[One Hundred Years of Solitude] stands at the apex of twentieth-century literature.”

  • “If Senor Garcia-Marquez’ book is fable, it is also satire with some of the fanciful giantism of earlier proponents…A luxuriant, splendid, and spirited conception.”               

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Classics
  • A Voice Arts Award Nominee
  • A Literary Hub Pick
  • A New York Public Library Staff Pick of Favorite Books of the Last 125 Years
  • A London Guardian Pick of Books to Inspire, Uplift and Offer Escape

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About the Author

Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014) was an author, journalist, and novelist who is considered one of the most influential writers of the twenty-first century, particularly in the Spanish language. He was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature Among his many books are The Autumn of the Patriarch, No One Writes to the Colonel, Love in the Time of Cholera, Living to Tell the Tale, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, and the classic One Hundred Years of Solitude.

About the Narrator

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. His has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.