Don Quixote is the classic story. Called the first modern novel, this marvelous book has stood the test of time to become irrevocably intertwined with the fabric of society. Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.
©2003 Edith Grossman (translation) (P)2003 Recorded Books
Hilarious. Genius. Amazing.
Where to even start? There's the most obviously memorable part where the Don tilts against the windmills. Everyone knows that scene but it is one of the very early adventures that Don Quixote has, chapter 8 r 9 or so. Then there's the part where Sancho is too scared to leave his master's side so he does his busies right then and there. I believe that's where the term "scared the sh#t out of me.." comes from. 500 year old poop jokes! Ha!!! I had no idea that people that long ago were funny. I just figured everyone back then was very serious and dour all of the time. There are far too many good scenes to recount them all.
If I had infinite time and nothing to do, I would have. The fact that it is almost 40 hours long renders this a moot point.
This is an incredible book. One of the coolest things about it is the fact that here is some much in it that is cliche, but when the book was written it was all new. This book MADE those things cliche. Don Quixote was so far ahead of it's time, that if I didn't know better I would think it was written in the modern ear. I can't believe I've waited this long to read it, I'm mad at myself for that. The fact the George Guidell is narrating it is icing on the cake. He can do no wrong.
This is a superlative performance, thanks to George Guidall's unforgettable interpretation. I can't remember when I've had more fun. Don't be dismayed by the opening chapters, which are a challenging. Once Don Quixote and Sancho Panza hit the road, every scene is a delight. The characters are sharply drawn, the wit is sly and sophisticated, and the social commentary is relevant even today. Though I don't speak Spanish, I can't imagine a better translation. This is a book with a giant heart. You'll smile all the way through. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
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i thoroughly enjoyed this classic as I had not read it before. I did find it difficult to finish. The ending was quite powerful to me. The narrator was very authentic. I might search other books he's narrated just because I enjoyed his learned but conversational tone. The chance to enjoy this tale is worth the lag times.
A must read brilliantly performed by the reader. He brought the story alive in a deep and engaging way. Listen well and discover the wisdom of Don Quixote.
With apologies for brevity:
A hugely entertaining yarn, surprisingly humorous and at times tender and touching.
A performance by the narrator that is, literally, astounding. It's been a delight to spend 33 hours in the company of the author, the translator, and the performer. I only wish the experience could be longer and I regret how quickly the next six hours will pass.
I had to listen to the first book and take a break, then come back a month later and finish it. It's really worth reading, but hard to hold your interest for so long.
Absolutely. I have both, and after listening to this audiobook version I will always go back to it. I may look at the print version if I'm interested in the spelling of a particular Spanish place or person. But for sheer enjoyment, this audiobook version is the way to go.
That is such a hard choice to make. Both Don Quixote and Sancho are wonderful characters - as penned by Cervantes, and as brought to life by George Guidall. I really can't decide which character I like better.
George Guidall is so spot-on with his characterizations! I don't think I would have been able to pull as much meaning and enjoyment out of the printed text as I did from George Guidall's narration.
Two men on a mission.
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