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Don Quixote Audiobook

Don Quixote

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.
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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.

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Public Domain (P)2011 Naxos AudioBooks

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    Chris Midlothian, VA, United States 09-21-12
    Chris Midlothian, VA, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I wanted to love it"
    What did you like best about Don Quixote? What did you like least?

    The narrator did a great job making the story come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MrFreezit 05-07-12
    MrFreezit 05-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Cervantes"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Elgin, TX, United States 06-28-15
    David Elgin, TX, United States 06-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "10 stars out of 5"

    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.

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    Dave 06-16-15
    Dave 06-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing classic BRILLIANTLY read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. Written 400 years ago, this remains a classic - a timeless story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    We laugh at Don Quixote and his absurdities, but as we do, we find we are laughing at ourselves and our delusions of grandeur and thinking we are something when we are (most likely) nothing.


    What does Roy McMillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Roy McMillan brings a huge palette of wonderful voices, the best of which are Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, and the Curate. He has an uncanny wit about him too, which matches the humor and wit of the story to a tee. I HIGHLY recommend this reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a LONG story, but full of invention and comedy. It will take a while to listen to this!


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    DFK 02-04-15
    DFK 02-04-15

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    "Enjoyable if you enjoy the classics"

    Four stars and not five for the story because there are many books I can name with a deeper plot.

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    Loren Casuto San Diego, CA 10-21-14
    Loren Casuto San Diego, CA 10-21-14

    I am made by my choices and that which I read, or listen to in the car on my long commute

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    "The narrator helped to make this story special"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes; if you are going to read this it never hurts to have an engaging narrator who makes the story come alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Truth be told I am more fond of Sancho Panza than Don Quixote.


    Which character – as performed by Roy McMillan – was your favorite?

    Sancho Panza; his irreverence and boorish wit come across beautifully in his voicing but he's absolutely no slouch with Don Quixote either.


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    Joseph Hicks 06-26-14
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    "Delightful Stories Remarkable Narration"
    If you could sum up Don Quixote in three words, what would they be?

    Relaxing, Dreamlike, Therapeutic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Don Quixote?

    Too many to list


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to list but certainly his conversation with Sancho


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of the stories were moving in that they transport you to a simpler happier place, almost dreamlike. A truly remarkable series of little adventures.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Roy McMillan the narrator was brilliant. Out of my more than 100 audible books this is truly the finest narrator I have ever heard. If the nerve grating things coming out of the major book publishers and the annoying drivel that passes for 90 percent of Hollywood movies makes you cringe, listen to Mr. McMillian for some clean soul nourishing refreshment. These sublime stories and brilliant narration even makes a 12 hour plane ride bearable. Few things do. Thank you Mr. McMillan and Thank you Again! and of course Thank You Miguel De Cervantes.

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    Jennifer 04-22-14
    Jennifer 04-22-14
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    "Entertaining, crazy and funny"
    Where does Don Quixote rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent


    Any additional comments?

    This classic story is entertaining from beginning to end.
    Don Quixote and Sancho Panchez have such crazy adventures that you wonder what can possible go wrong next.

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    Karyn 01-29-14
    Karyn 01-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "QUITE FUNNY"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 12-05-13
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    "Perfection"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Don Quixote to be better than the print version?

    I couldn't say, I haven't read the print version. But it will not be an easy read, that much is certain.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Don Quixote?

    There were so many; Quixote on his deathbed almost brought tears to my eyes.


    What about Roy McMillan’s performance did you like?

    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.


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  • RONAN O'CALLAGHAN
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    "Humanity"

    Full of surprises even if some of the well known incidents are already familiar. Witty and touching, always entertaining.
    The reading is superb with brilliant characterisations.

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    "Astonishing and intriguing"
    If you could sum up Don Quixote in three words, what would they be?

    wonderful complex funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cervantes' limitless imagination and complete control over what he's doing.


    What about Roy McMillan’s performance did you like?

    Fluent and easy to listen to, with a good choice of accents to represent the many characters. Occasional slight quibbles with the pronunciation of some Spanish proper names, but not enough to spoil the enjoyment.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's laugh out loud funny in parts, both because of occasional slapstick incidents and the very wry comments made mostly by Sancho Panza. It is also surprisingly affecting especially in the closing chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been putting off reading Don Quixote for many years. It is of course a Classic Of World Literature, so I approached it with some dread. How wrong I was. The novel is fascinating and intricate, the humour works (unlike most of Shakespeare's jokes, which really are not funny to the modern ear), and the writer knows exactly what he's doing at every turn. Even the minor characters live and breathe. The story of a man apparently out of touch with reality (or is he?) and his companion who seems to have no contact with fantasy (but will believe almost anything he's told) is absorbing and delightful. The way Cervantes plays with notions of truth and fiction, especially in the second part where many of the characters have read the first part and expect the heroes to behave in certain ways, is astonishingly original for an early 17th century novel. I look forward to reading it again with great pleasure.

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  • jdmitch
    4/14/15
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    "Classic story delivered with accuracy and humour"

    Long, but worth it! A wonderful classic with humorous dramatic reading without straying from the text.

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  • Abiodun O Olowosoyo
    3/31/15
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    "exceĺlent"

    this is such a great work of art, simply couldn't stop reading, it is highly recomended

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  • R
    11/11/14
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Don Quixote the most enjoyable?

    The wonderful absurdity of the characters and the beautiful language used to describe the ridiculous adventures they have.


    What other book might you compare Don Quixote to, and why?

    There's no comparison for me (so far).


    What about Roy McMillan’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried, mostly laughter though.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    7/14/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ant
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    11/8/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    6/26/14
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    "Charming, but in many respects flawed."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, for several reasons, firstly that this is in places a funny and charming story and secondly because it's a classic. This is one of those books that will often come up in conversation with bookish people and so whether you love it, hate it or feel indifferent to it at least by reading it you can express an opinion you can't be included in a conversation about a book that you have never read for this reason it's often useful to read the classics


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The hardback of this book was about 1050 pages long, but you could easily tell this story in 200 pages and lose nothing of the story


    Did Don Quixote inspire you to do anything?

    Yes after reading this despite my misgivings I bought the DVD of the musical which is quite good.


    Any additional comments?

    My main complaint about this book is that although this is a nice little story the characters don't feel like real human people. It's almost impossible for me to identify with them. I did not feel the author has a grasp of human nature of behavior. You might say, well this book was written a very long time ago, but so was Shakespeare and he got human nature very well. And it's not that the people in this book are from another country or culture I don't feel that these characters could ever have existed anywhere or any place even The Odyssey by Homer had characters that you could identify with and that is thousands of years old from a culture that had almost nothing in common with our own. To me the whole book just feels to artificial.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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