The narrator did a great job making the story come to life.
It was just so long, and ultimately the half dozen interesting parts could not offset the dozens of boring parts. I found myself dozing as I listened.
No, the story was read superbly. The subtle changes in narrators intonation for each of the characters in the book made it very easy to follow who was talking at all times.
No, this is a long story and, although very entertaining, not always fast paced.
... the novel hits the same note again and again and again. And again. And again. Basically, the book's a series of episodes -- each one a variation on Don Quixote, a man who believes he's a knight-errant, mistaking what he sees, and engaging in unnecessary violence and/or tomfoolery. As mentioned in the title, the writing's beautiful and poetic. There are moments when I literally laughed out loud. This is a clever, innovative work of art, but, in my mind, it's 900 pages too long.
I'm glad I listened to it, because being able to get Don Quixote references -- tilting at windmills, Sancho Panza, Rocinante, Dulcinea -- just makes one feel, well, smarter. But even though the title character is probably one of the best realized fictional characters ever, I just found this too long, too episodic, and too repetitive. (If I were more courageous, I'd probably give the overall and story ratings two stars each.)
I want to love everything I listen to. Especially works considered masterpieces. I'm happy others enjoyed this immeasurably. And I envy them.
a great story of a mad man with a very large heart. to be sure a long read but very well worth ones time as they may have.
Every literate person needs at least some command of this great work. Listen then read it and then listen again.
I enjoyed this book very much. I don't think I have laughed more from a book. I think this reader did a fantastic job portraying the numerous characters. I very much recommend this book and this version of the audio book.
"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.” ~ Oscar Wilde
This is a wonderful book brought to life beautifully by Roy McMillan. Cervantes' classic tale imagination vs. reality never fails to please. Don Quixote is charmingly mad (or not?) and Sancho Panza is grounded (or not?). Missing from this edition of the book - to my greatest disappointment and surprise - is Cervantes' preface to Book One. While of course, Cervantes cannot be silenced as he is as ever present in the book as our favorite knight errant and his trusty squire. Nevertheless, an important part of his voice got censored by the omission of the preface. Perhaps Audible needs to rethink the descriptor "unabridged."
It is a good story, not pretending to teach any lesson, just an epic tale told well. I will not judge it to be high or low, only entertaining and worth the time it took to read. This is the highest praise I may feel qualified to give fiction