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
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
It is often called the first modern novel, but it is Homeric in scope and Monty Python droll. A study in human nature, particularly friendship and no small amount of craziness.
The translation is fantastic, our language so often utilitarian is rendered a thing of beauty. Whether Elizabethan oaths or Sancho's homespun wit, its nothing short of amazing.
The performance is the best ive ever heard. So many characters presented in such believable fashion. A journey, an adventure. Youll be sorry when its over.
this is such a great work of art, simply couldn't stop reading, it is highly recomended
The wonderful absurdity of the characters and the beautiful language used to describe the ridiculous adventures they have.
There's no comparison for me (so far).
This was the gold standard of the audible books i've listened to so far. Lively, energetic and the audio quality was superb. At no point did i find anything irritating.
I laughed and cried, mostly laughter though.
It won't be for everyone and was certainly nothing like i imagined it would be. It was a wonderful surprise and a great friend. I'll listen to it again for sure.
"A slog on occasions but worth the effort."
I downloaded this as it was number one on one of these newspaper "books to read before you die" type articles. I had read some of the reviews on here before doing so and so kind of knew what to expect. It is long, it struggles for a narrative path and is in places seemingly quite repetitive. But, you know what, it does reward the effort and I am glad to have spent the time in the company of the two main characters who do, through the writing and the performance, come to life and I carry them and their many bizarre adventures and encounters with me still. And with a smile as well.
"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.
"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
"Laugh a minute"
Brilliant, really enjoyed this book, not what I was expecting, the humour seems so up to date. Really well narrated. Great book for bedtime reading as each chapter is complete.
A surprisingly modern and witty classic, well read. The episodic form makes it perfect for commuting!
"wonderfully narrated! and such a fabulous tale!"
wonderfully narrated! and such a fabulous tale!
loved it, totally addictive listening.
highly recommended, especially if you like a longer tale (40 hours?).
characters develop and the narration is perfectly done.
funny clever story. loved it. And gentleman who reads it is unbelievable! many times had a feeling that I'm there
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.
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