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
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.
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!
Hello, I'm a Seattle native, former ESL teacher and Spanish interpreter. I'm into photography, mycology, nature, camping, art and music.
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.
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
It ranks somewhere around 48%.
I like the descriptions of the country side.
There is a scene where Don Quixote and Sancho come in contact with a mad man in the wilderness.
If I had to choose, I would pick the scene where Don Quixote dies.
I listened to this book because it is considered a timeless classic. Half way through the story, I felt like I "got it already" but had invested so much time into it that I had to finish it. Plus, I was in Spain driving through La Mancha and Andalucia while I was listening to it so that helped.
Highly entertaining this audio version keeps the reader moving through this classic.
The comedic episodes keep it light.
He is highly entertaining.
Laugh and laugh again.
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.
It is probably better on stage. The fact that the guy is really verbose kind of gets tiresome after Chapter 1.
Why is this considered such a great book? Maybe the hard copy I could skim through all the stupid crap.....really could not get into it and to be fair only made it a few hours into the 36.....
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