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
On the road two hours a day to and from work. Love to listen to espionage, thriller, mystery style books: Mitch Rapp, Jason Bourne, etc.
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.
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 a 27 year old nurse pursuing a nurse practitioner degree. My favorite book genres are: fantasy, science fiction, medicine and sociology
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.
"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.
"Best book ever (probably)"
Loved every word.... Devastating to think I can never read this again for the first time. Beautiful treasure of literature hidden in plain sight.
"We've found a madman. Let's abuse him!"
We've all heard of Don Quixote and his tilting at windmills and I I thought it would be good for me to listen to. In practice it was quite hard work. I guess we know the idea of a sensible man becoming deranged and imagining himself a knight errant. The bits we don't know about are some of the people he comes across. While some are indeed worthy and compassionate, others think it merry to set up situations where he and Pancho will be injured or otherwise come to harm.In today's society this is abuse, plan and simple. I did listen to the end and there are some good bits, but I found much of it tedious.
Something actually funny or uplifting.
The narrator did an excellent job, with easily identified voices for the various characters. He is English though, and as someone else has pointed out, a narrator with a Spanish scent might have helped the Spainish flavour of the story.
Frustration with the tedious parts, anger at the abuse and the occasional bits of amusement and sympathy.
"Overall, a tale of essential goodness and humanity"
Excellent for listening to in chunks, such as a daily commute. Quite superb narration. A humorous and moving tale. I have tried to read this book a number of times but never finished it. Listening to it, I was able to complete the tale and am so glad I did.
"long and dull"
I listen to a lot of classics and this book is hailed as the greatest ever written. I found it tedious and dull. I like long books normally but this dragged. The narrator did a decent job but the book was just not good.
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