(P)1998 Blackstone Audiobooks
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
... 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.
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.
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