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Don Quixote Audiobook

Don Quixote

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Publisher's Summary

Don Quixote is one of the world's first novels and by far the best-known book in Spanish literature, was originally intended by Cervantes as a satire on traditional popular ballads, yet he also parodied the romances of chivalry. By happy coincidence he produced one of the most entertaining adventure stories of all time and, in Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, two of the greatest characters in fiction.

(P)1998 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Luis Burlington, ON, Canada 09-15-10
    Luis Burlington, ON, Canada 09-15-10 Member Since 2013
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    "This book sucks!"

    I just had to stop... feeling hard about having spent a credit on it... It is incredible that the author spens almost 24 hours repeating over and over the same thing...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebeca 02-17-07
    Rebeca 02-17-07
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    "...long?"

    It's a classic, it's considered the meca of literature, it's genious, but if you just want a mortal's opinion:it's long, it's sad, repetitive (Mock the old man, laugh at the old man, beat the old man. Laugh again) and cruel (because of course DQ is adorable and it's not fun to have him mocked all the time). I suppose it's a must if you want to have any kind of culture, but I am glad I was washing/painting/driving while getting my culture and not just reading it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dad of 10 07-28-06
    Dad of 10 07-28-06 Member Since 2008
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    "An excellent translation masterfully read"

    Extremely well read book that may be a little long for modern tastes. I absolutely adored it.

    Unlike The Hunchback of Notre Dame where length and boredom is due to descriptions of things, the length of Don Quixote comes because of the fun Cervantes is having with the reader. Cervantes is an amazing satirist. He skewers every sacred cow of his time and tears his contemporary pulp fiction writers apart.

    I loved it. I listen while I exercise. It is a nice engaging book, but not so deep that I have to pause.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sigilfredo Bloomfield, NJ, USA 01-24-06
    Sigilfredo Bloomfield, NJ, USA 01-24-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Not for casual listening"

    I listen to my books in the car, at work,in the gym, etc, times when i have to divide my attention, which made this book extremely difficult to follow. Its read in a fast paced (snide sounding)English accent that uses a lot of sophisticated words and concepts. I wonder why they didn't get someone with a Spanish accent who can better add to the cultural effect of the region in which the story is set. I'm sure its a wonderful book but to me its like Shakespeare on speed.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chrissie Brussels, Belgium 02-23-14
    Chrissie Brussels, Belgium 02-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Tedious, extremely wordy and repetitive"

    One star means I do not like a book. IF I cannot bear to listen to it to the very end how can I even say it was even OK? I have listened to seven of thirty-six hours of the unabridged audiobook version translated by Tobias Smollett and narrated by the talented Robert Whitfield/Simon Vance. I cannot continue. I have given this enough of my time. My good friends know that I often will struggle through a book that is displeasing me. Why? To give it a fair chance; some books do turn around. My patience is tested to the limit with this book. In addition, let it me noted that even a superb narrator cannot save a book if you don't like how it is written. Robert Whitfield does a fantastic job.

    I found the book tedious, extremely wordy and repetitive. It is a composite of many stories relating the escapades of the knight errant, Don Quixote, and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza. Don Quixote is always, in every story depicted, the idealist, a worthy knight bent on fighting for good and honor, fighting for women and men who are unfairly treated. He is fighting against all injustice, in whatever form it may be. That is all fine and dandy; but he is delusional and sees injustice, inequity and dishonor where it does not exist. He is an honorable man fighting against problems that in fact do not exist. In contrast, Sancho Panza offers us the realist's interpretation of events. (That they see the world differently does make their friendship all the more wonderful!) Each story/episode introduces the reader to new characters, new events, but there is a huge similarity in what is to be drawn from the separate stories. I do not enjoy short stories so I am not the ideal reader for this book! If you do enjoy short stories it may be enjoyable to listen to one, laugh at the humor depicted in the events and the naivety of Don Quixote and smile at the wonderful friendship one sees between the knight errant and his squire. Then put the book aside for a later time when you feel like listening to another story. However do keep in mind that the message imparted is to all extent and purposes the same in all the related stories.

    The stories are cute, the lines are humorous and the book well depicts Spanish society and ways of thinking in the early 17th Century. It was published in two volumes, the first in 1605 and the second in 1615. To quote from Wiki: "Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published."

    But I personally have had enough. This is in fact the second time I have tried to read the book. My grandmother had a wonderful hardback with great illustrations. It attracted me, I tried to like it, but failed that time too. That was a good fifty years ago.

    I am NOT judging the book. I am telling you merely how I personally react to this book. Yes, it can be seen as amazing, as a break-through piece of writing, but it is not with this criterion I rate books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vyacheslav Syosset, NY, USA 06-23-06
    Vyacheslav Syosset, NY, USA 06-23-06
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    "extremely boring"

    I have to admit this is my third attempt to read this book. Unfortunately, it was as unsuccessful as before. I could not get through it! I tried really hard but stopped after 3 hours of boring and monotonous reading. I would not recommend to spend you time and money on it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Roseville, CA, United States 04-25-09
    Randall Roseville, CA, United States 04-25-09 Member Since 2010
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    "A MUST READ CLASSIC"

    A must read classic says it all

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    California Vegan CA 04-01-08
    California Vegan CA 04-01-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "Painfully Slooooow"

    How did this ever become a classic? Maybe an abridged version would be tolerable but not this one.

    3 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Eric PASADENA, CA, United States 10-25-09
    Eric PASADENA, CA, United States 10-25-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "A classic..."

    ... is a book that everyone wants to have read but that no one wants to read. This book is a perfect illustration on this. It's quite boring and the vocab is so old that's it's hard to understand what they are talking about.

    2 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Miguel CHICAGO, IL, USA 05-15-05
    Miguel CHICAGO, IL, USA 05-15-05
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    "Don Quixote (unabridged)"

    The quality of the sound is deplorable. The reading is mediocre. I do not recomend this title and if this is that bad I wonder if the other titles offered are as poor.

    1 of 28 people found this review helpful

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