The most influential work of the entire Spanish literary canon and a founding work of modern Western literature, Don Quixote is also one of the greatest works ever written. Hugely entertaining but also moving at times, this episodic novel is built on the fantasy life of one Alonso Quixano, who lives with his niece and housekeeper in La Mancha. Quixano, obsessed by tales of knight errantry, renames himself "Don Quixote" and, with his faithful servant Sancho Panza, goes on a series of quests. Many of these adventures, including tilting at windmills, are established in European literary consciousness.
Originally published in two volumes a decade apart (in 1605 and 1615), Don Quixote has been brought to life in its entirety in this audiobook.
Public Domain (P)2011 Naxos AudioBooks
It is no wonder that this book remained a classic through the century's. Find out what makes our misguided hero so quixotic. Yes, that word originates from the main character of this book. Don Quixote's faithful sidekick Sancho Panza will keep you entertained with his wise words and plentiful proverbs.
I have always heard of this book, a classic, but have never read or heard it, until now. I found so many parts so funny and stupid too. Quite human, in all. I am not sure what I expected, but I did like it. The narrator is quite good. Not a lot of voices, but I can't imagine trying to perform a lot of voices. It IS 36+ hours, but well worth the listen, even if you only take one part at a time and then go back, soon, before you forget the story line. It's worth listening too, is what this long dissertation is saying.
I couldn't say, I haven't read the print version. But it will not be an easy read, that much is certain.
There were so many; Quixote on his deathbed almost brought tears to my eyes.
I came here to comment about his performance. "Pitch perfect" does not do justice to this performance. It was so good, never a word over emphasized, never a situation over dramatized. His narration did not get in the way of my interpretation of the text.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
What Tedious Fodder. This book is long and really goes nowhere. A classic? I have no idea why this book is considered thus. Roy McMilan narrates is superbly in my opinion, but why could they not just cut the story down to a few paragraphs? It goes on and on and you don't really learn a thing. Most classics give you an insight into human nature and leave you with a feeling you have taken a journey and come out the other end wiser and better. This book does not. Moby Dick left me the same. Perhaps I am not as clever as other people and missed the whole point, but you want my honest opinion, and here it is. I did not enjoy this book and will never read it again. I would never recommend it to anybody. I suggest you watch the ballet, makes more sense and is far more entertaining.
Absolutely. Roy McMillan does an amazing job of bringing Don Quixote and Sancho Panza to life with a very entertaining narrative.
This is a classic that should be in everyone's Audible library.
Take your pick. Every adventure of Don Quixote will make you smile. Sancho Panza is a great compliment, with his witty banter and misadventures, to the story. The interaction between the two is enjoyable from start to finish.
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are the perfect expressions of their characters. Roy keeps the readers engaged and entertained throughout the story.
Well, it's absolutely, gut-busting hilarious. However, about halfway through I began to feel that it was simply repeating itself, with Quixote always convincing himself in his delusions the same way he had done it last time.
I stopped the recording during the third (of five) mp3.
Oh man, the part where Sancho tries to tell a joke to Don Quixote. I laughed SO HARD I had to actually put down my paint brush and bowl over onto the floor with laughter.
This part is funny even if you just cut it out of the story and only read it by itself, but it was the long series of funny events leading up to it that set the stage so well.
Sancho Panza. He's so faithful, so smart, so clever, and so wholly ignorant at the same time. He always makes me laugh.
The production is just perfect even when you're chuckling away the narrator is stone cold. Just amazing and adds to the surreal mix that is Don Quixote!
When he charges the windmills I was cracking up. You have to listen to this part!
Actually the first scene when he names his horse - before you know about Don Quixote you will think eh what is going on here. This is worth a credit alone!
Don Quixote & Sancho Panza's dialogue when they find themselves in hopeless trouble of their own making can be very moving. It is hard to say without a spoiler.
I left no spoilers as this is a classic and I hope others can enjoy it without spoilers (don't look it up just get it now - you will be surprised that is the key to really enjoying this). If I say to you Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare et al and you know who they are and have read them; that is the company I would place Miguel de Cervantes in. If that does not tempt you to listen in nothing will. Enjoy! A true masterpiece and an Audible Classic if there ever was one.
I am 26 years old, a nurse, and a big fantasy and science fiction fan.
I never expected myself laughing out loud while listening to an audiobook that is so, so old, written a very long time ago and certainly one that you'd think is out of touch entirely with society now. The story therefore surprised me thoroughly, as it was hilarious, multi faceted, rich and full of rewarding little tales and side plots that captivated my heart and imagination.
Our fearless Don Quixote is, needless to say, mad as the hatter. The amazing thing is, the story never hesitates to show how crazy he comes off to others, and much of the amusement comes from how deluded Don Quixote is. There are hilarious capers in which others of status play along with Don Quixote's madness in order to see what he will do and to bemuse themselves at the sight of his misadventures.
That being said, I found myself loving Don Quixote and found him honorable, dedicated, and at times extremely wise in his thoughts and insights.
Sancho is ripe for comedic effect, and some of the funniest moments in the book come at Sancho's expense. The performance of his character is fantastic - he is stubborn, dramatic and very self confident.
I would really recommend this title, and I encourage anyone listening to it to have patience and truly allow themselves to become immersed in the comical, deluded world of Don Quixote. By the end of the first of the five parts of this download, I had laughed numerous times, so have patience.
This book has humor, history, adventure, love, tragedy, well, EVERYTHING! I don't know why it took me so long to read (listen) to Don Quixote. Listen and you will learn that so many popular references come from this book. Highly enjoyable!
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This is such a classic tale but it's intimidatingly thick so that a lot of people might never tackle it. This audiobook is a great way to access this hilarious classic about the mad Don Quixote, obsessed by all things chivalrous and by tales of knights errant, and his long suffering sidekick Sancho Panchez as they travel the countryside tilting at windmills.
"The Mother and Father of all novels"
Although I have a dread of dusty old fiction, curiousness overcame caution and I downloaded this book. I am very glad that I did. Not only is the story itself bewitching, the narration is outstanding. This is the only audio book which I have listened to a second time for the pure pleasure of it. A true comic masterpiece, peppered with wit, wisdom, foolishness and absurdity in perfect balance. Roy McMillan's pace and intonation are perfect for the tale too.
"An excellent listen."
Excellent narration brings this epic tale to life. I really enjoyed the flair and verve with which the book was read.
"A Worthwhile, Rewarding Experience"
If you are even considering listening to this book, or worried about the length, I can honestly say to go for it, this has been a hugely enjoyable experience. As with any audio book, the narration can make a massive difference to the enjoyment of the book, here Roy McMillan is at his best, I know feel like I really know Don Quiote and Sancho Panza and they have living voices in my head and every time I now think back to the book there is always some new adventure I remember the duo went on. Don't get my wrong, this is a LONG book (perhaps the better value for it) and I felt slightly weary around the 20 hour mark knowing how long I had to go. However, after experiencing their lives together for 35 hours I felt a real sadness at it coming to a conclusion and didn't want it to end. I feel this above all is testament to the enjoyment I found in the novel and in the narration. I would recommend this to anyone, the characters are engaging and the reading excellent. 5*'s
"What happens when you read too many books"
My readings of Don Quixote were patchy and, as a curious storyteller, I wanted to fill in the gaps.I couldn't have done better than choose this audiobook. Don Quixote, his head filled with idealism and fantasy from reading too many books on chivalry, is accompanied on his adventures by Sancho Panza, stolid and down to earth, a marvellous comic partnership, Roy McMillan is a jaunty,affectionate narrator who brings the characters, farce, enchantments, combats, wounds, courtships torments and foolishnesses to life. There are nevertheless repetitions and slownesses, especially in the early stages, but when the story is so well narrated that is forgiven .The seemingly endless string of episodes becomes addictive. It is like The Canterbury Tales or The Arabian Nights. The second half of the book really takes off with one rollicking encounter after another and I found it hard to press pause.
"Worth the effort"
When I started listening to this book I regretted getting it straight away. I found it hard to get into, but eventually I realised how good it was; and now I've listened to it a couple of times.
"A lot more entertaining than I expected"
Maybe not, because it's very long, but I'm glad I listened to it this time. It's a lot funnier than I expected. I had always assumed it was about this very courageous, serious character but Don Quixote turns out to be a loveable but deluded figure of comedy and the author spends the entire book taking the p out of him in the nicest of ways.
Roy McMillan really brought the story and characters to life with different voices and accents; I can guarantee I would not have found it anywhere near as funny had I been reading the dialogue on the page.
I find it easy to listen while driving or on the bus, I cannot read on public transport or in the car it makes me feel sick. Easy listening!
I have enjoyed listening to this and have picked up on references to the characters in all sorts of places, I did not understand these before but now feel quite pleased with myself
They are all interesting characters, all adding to the whole.
"It's interesting and well written but long"
My lasting impression of this book will be that it was seemingly unending. I enjoyed each section I listened to, but just when you thought you'd heard every jovial tale and smiled at Panza's cheerfully endured misfortunes, a quick look would reveal 30 more hours to go.
As with any enjoyable read, there are many memorable set pieces, of which the attacking windmills is far from foremost. I am really glad to have read and enjoyed the book, it is surprisingly well paced and very well written. Other novels of a similar length have seemed infinitely shorter because they involve the reader deeply in the story. I think because Don Quixote is such a gentle amble of a book, it lacks that quality which makes one devour some novels in a single sitting.
The narrator performance a vast cast of characters very well and creates a comfortable feel to this easy going story.
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