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Don Quixote Audiobook

Don Quixote

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Richie Collins 06-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Translation and Wonderfully Pleasant Reading"

    Every literate person needs at least some command of this great work. Listen then read it and then listen again.

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    Bradley 05-12-16
    Bradley 05-12-16
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    I enjoyed this book very much. I don't think I have laughed more from a book. I think this reader did a fantastic job portraying the numerous characters. I very much recommend this book and this version of the audio book.

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    bluetomato 04-04-16
    bluetomato 04-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Note quite unabridged."
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    This is a wonderful book brought to life beautifully by Roy McMillan. Cervantes' classic tale imagination vs. reality never fails to please. Don Quixote is charmingly mad (or not?) and Sancho Panza is grounded (or not?). Missing from this edition of the book - to my greatest disappointment and surprise - is Cervantes' preface to Book One. While of course, Cervantes cannot be silenced as he is as ever present in the book as our favorite knight errant and his trusty squire. Nevertheless, an important part of his voice got censored by the omission of the preface. Perhaps Audible needs to rethink the descriptor "unabridged."

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    Josh 03-09-16
    Josh 03-09-16
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    long but good, I will have to hear it again, vocabulary hard to follow

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    Kurbis 03-08-16
    Kurbis 03-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Nothing but"

    It is a good story, not pretending to teach any lesson, just an epic tale told well. I will not judge it to be high or low, only entertaining and worth the time it took to read. This is the highest praise I may feel qualified to give fiction

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    David 06-28-15
    David 06-28-15
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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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    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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  • 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.

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  • clairebear
    11/16/17
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    "Great fun!"

    This is a really fun novel which includes excellent narration. I highly recommend listening to this!

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  • David M.
    9/11/17
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    "Stunning value and enormously entertaining"

    The book itself stands on its own merits and does not require further justification. There are two key reasons why I found this reading so entertaining; the translation and the voice characterisation. The translation incorporates a lot of 'thees' and 'thous' thus capturing, linguistically, the sense of time when the work was written; for me, this added depth tot the humour often to be found in the adventures. The voice characterisation is rich and allows the listener to quickly identify with each of the personalities of the story and many metasteries. If you can, acquire some knowledge of the author's personal history as this will, I suspect, add to your your understanding of context, incidents and wild utterances of the Don and Sancho.

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  • Nikko Knight
    4/26/17
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    "Not what I expected"

    The narrator was exceptional.
    By the end of the novel Don Quixote & Sancho had become like two great old friends to me and I must admit I cryed over the last hour of the book.
    Loved been on every step of their weird & wonderful adventures.

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  • Om
    3/21/17
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    "Very entertaining"

    Very engaging 'history' beautifully read by Roy McMillan. He bought Sancho Panza to life!Highly recommended

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  • chemclimber
    12/13/16
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    "a real swashbuckler"

    The narrator was fantastic, the story rambles in parts but the good ones are fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toby
    11/6/16
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    "A masterclass in how to bring a story to life"

    The narrator really brings to life the classic text and language with real humour. A fascinating insight into the tales and humour of a bygotten era. A warm and relaxing read if a little, like it's protagonist, rambling.

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  • F
    10/29/16
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    "a masterpiece indeed."

    fantastic narator a pleasure to listen to
    hdh did did did. did jdbd Dr D Dr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Hewitt
    8/15/16
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    "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.

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  • Mr. Paul M. Quirk
    Reading, UK
    6/25/16
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    "We've found a madman. Let's abuse him!"
    What disappointed you about Don Quixote?

    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.


    What will your next listen be?

    Something actually funny or uplifting.


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

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration with the tedious parts, anger at the abuse and the occasional bits of amusement and sympathy.


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