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Don Quixote | [Miguel de Cervantes]

Don Quixote

Published in two volumes a decade apart, Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age and perhaps the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears at the top of lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published.
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Publisher's Summary

Published in two volumes a decade apart, Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age and perhaps the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears at the top of lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published.

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    Maury Davis SAGINAW, MI, US 01-05-09
    Maury Davis SAGINAW, MI, US 01-05-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration difficult to understand"

    I understand that this book was originally written in Spanish. The reason for translating it into English is so we English speakers can understand and enjoy this great story.

    The narrator's thick Spanish accent and poor pronunciation of English words makes it very difficult to understand what he is saying all of the time.

    I find myself having to rewind a great deal to catch words and phrases. (And this is a long book.)

    When I listen to narrations of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky I listen to a pleasant, understandable English accent. The audio publishers felt no need to hire a narrator with a thick Russian accent and poor English pronunciation skills.

    I just listened to "The White Tiger". An excellent book. Takes place in India. The Narrator, Mr Lee, narrates with an excellent Indian accent to give us a sense that we are listening to an Indian story. He does so with totally understandable English pronunciation.

    There is no crime to speak with an accent, if you have excellent English pronunciation skills. This narrator does not.

    45 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    nancy Panama City, FL, United States 11-02-09
    nancy Panama City, FL, United States 11-02-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Wish I Read the Review Before Ordering"

    The previous review nailed it. A classic when read, a nightmare to listen to, if Audible had a money back guarantee this would be one that would be going back. Save your credits.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rolo NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-22-11
    Rolo NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A non-native speaker struggling to read English??"

    I purchased this hastily, which makes me partly responsible, but I find it hard to believe that this reader was approved. There are non-native speakers who speak wonderfully and whose accents add charm to the reading, but unfortunately this is not one of them. Julian Reinoso is fairly comprehensible, but there are too many moments when his pronunciation proves to be a barrier between the listener and the story itself. His intonations are robotic and he places accents at strange points in many words. The result is that you often have to stuggle or rewind just to make sense of what he is saying. There is no natural flow of the language whatsoever.

    It goes without saying that clarity of pronunciation and natural flow should be top priorities for an audiobook. I am still puzzled as to how this reading of 30 + hours was approved when the reader is so difficult to understand. I do not recommend this audiobook.

    I am going to try the Robert Whitfield reading, which from the sample sounds much clearer and enjoyable than this unfortunate version.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Tacoma, WA, United States 01-19-11
    Paula Tacoma, WA, United States 01-19-11
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    "I agree."

    This version was pretty bad. I intend on reviewing the ratings of other listeners in the future. I could have saved myself some time and annoyance.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ivan 05-22-10
    Ivan 05-22-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Poor reader"

    A beautiful novel in both Spanish and English is made hard to understand by a heavily accented reader with very poor pronunciation. I wish for a better reader

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    robyn 08-26-12
    robyn 08-26-12
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    "The accent is too heavy to hear the story through."
    What would have made Don Quixote better?

    A different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julian Reinoso’s performances?

    Never.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed because I couldn't bear to listen to the story, which, itself, is a fun story. Julian Reinoso could not pronounce basic English words. I didn't listen to a sample before ordering this book, which is my own fault.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K_Stephen Charlotte, NC 01-05-15
    K_Stephen Charlotte, NC 01-05-15
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    "Do Not Purchase!"
    What didn’t you like about Julian Reinoso’s performance?

    Just listen to the preview (which I stupidly did not do), and you'll immediately know that this performance is unbearably bad. Reinoso is virtually incomprehensible, made so much worse by the fact that his every sentence sounds like it comes from a crappy computer. This version deserves to be erased permanently. Spend the extra money on a better performance, or just get it in print.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathon 08-22-15
    Jonathon 08-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "should have listened to sample"

    It was just a little difficult to understand what was being said. Had a hard time hearing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Salt Lake City, UTAH 07-09-15
    Amazon Customer Salt Lake City, UTAH 07-09-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Not a very good narration of thi great work of art"

    This narration lacks the panache of the original text. This narrator is completely unable to convey the inferred humor of the language of the original text. Not only is the narration liking the subtleties d original oh just work this translation seems to wholly miss the wonder and the subtle nuances of the original old style Spanish script.

    The narrator's inability to correctly pronounce the Old English forms of "Thee" and "Thou" does not convey the original wit and wisdom of these epic stories.

    This narration sounds like a high school freshman reading Shakespeare aloud for the first time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Sharp 03-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Yeah, I should have listened to a sample first"
    What would have made Don Quixote better?

    I was very disappointed. The reader speaks English, but it is apparently a second language and very hard for me to understand. This book is not eligible for return, something I have never attempted before. So I guess I will study Spanish, then give it another try.


    Any additional comments?

    My English is not perfect either, but I don't record books for Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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