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.
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.
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.
YES. Written 400 years ago, this remains a classic - a timeless 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.
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.
This is a LONG story, but full of invention and comedy. It will take a while to listen to this!
I am made by my choices and that which I read, or listen to in the car on my long commute
Yes; if you are going to read this it never hurts to have an engaging narrator who makes the story come alive.
Truth be told I am more fond of Sancho Panza than Don Quixote.
Sancho Panza; his irreverence and boorish wit come across beautifully in his voicing but he's absolutely no slouch with Don Quixote either.
Relaxing, Dreamlike, Therapeutic
Too many to list
Too many to list but certainly his conversation with Sancho
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Astonishing and intriguing"
wonderful complex funny
Cervantes' limitless imagination and complete control over what he's doing.
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.
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.
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.
"Classic story delivered with accuracy and humour"
Long, but worth it! A wonderful classic with humorous dramatic reading without straying from the text.
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.
"Charming, but in many respects flawed."
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
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
Yes after reading this despite my misgivings I bought the DVD of the musical which is quite good.
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.
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