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Don Quixote

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
By: (1547-1616)

This is volume 1 of 2.

One of the most quirky, eccentric and endearing heroes to ever be depicted in fiction, the chivalrous Don Quixote is sure to capture hearts while bringing tears of laughter to your eyes. If you've never encountered the Knight from La Mancha before, get set for a delightful sojourn through the Spanish countryside, across the fertile countryside of Central Spain. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was an immediate success when it was first published in 1605 and won huge financial and literary success for its creator, an impoverished writer and poet.

Cervantes' own life was extremely eventful and colorful. The son of a poor army doctor, young Miguel enlisted in the army and fought in Turkey and Italy. He was captured by Algerian pirates and sold as a slave along with his brother and returned to Spain after three grueling years, when their ransom was finally paid.

His aim in writing Don Quixote was, according to his own notes, to describe the manners and mores of the time and to tell the story in a clear and simple way. The character of the tragicomic Knight was apparently based on one of Cervantes' own uncles who lived in the times of troubadours and knights errant.

The plot revolves round the elderly gentleman, Don Quixote who is fascinated by the ideas of chivalry and noble deeds he has read about in old books. He sets out with his trusted “squire” Sancho Panza, in reality a simple village yokel. The Don who traverses the land riding a decrepit old horse Rocinante, proceeds to fall into a series of misadventures, but still keeps his lofty ideals intact!

The more practical and earthy Sancho tries to bring his master down to earth, but to no avail. His master falls irrevocably and grandly in love with a peasant woman Dulcinea whom he imagines to be a damsel in distress. A series of zany incidents follow, with the Don slipping more and more into his imagined reality.

Regarded as the first prototype of the modern novel in Europe, Don Quixote is full of satire, humor, irony and wit. The character of the Man from La Mancha is both endearing and exasperating, while being one of the truly memorable figures in literature. The book appeals to young and old readers alike and is definitely a must read for its literary and humorous qualities.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 12 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 26, 2020
Subject: unbearable
the first reader was fine, but every subsequent reader was worse than the last and i couldn't get past chapter 6 by a reader who sounded as if he had a breathing problem. at that point listening became too disgusting to carry on.
Reviewer: - March 13, 2020
Subject: don quixote
this is one of my favourite stories of all time RUINED by this reader , do not volunteer if unable to do the job cringingly awful
Reviewer: - March 10, 2019
Subject: March 9, 2019
I really enjoyed listening to this story. thank you everyone who volunteered for taking the time and energy out of your day to make this audio possible. Just a sujustion: Some of you might want to go back and listen to your reccordings again and work on ENUNCIATING. other than that everything was great. Thank you Loyalbooks.
Reviewer: - March 10, 2019
the woman who read chapters 14-15....... TERRIBLE
Reviewer: - February 4, 2017
I realize these people are volunteers, but some of them need to listen to their own recordings. One particular reader made listening a chore. Perhaps if she didn't try to read so fast, she wouldn't stumble over so many words. Also, her come and go accent was very distracting. It always seems that the bad ones end up reading the most chapters. I'm going to give up and just finish reading the book myself.
Reviewer: - December 6, 2016
Subject: Don Quixote
Many readers. Some good, some okay, and some very bad.
Reviewer: - December 7, 2013
The reviewers had to remember and be well aware that the readers are volunteers. May be they are not entirely fit for the job but they are doing it for free.
Reviewer: - September 12, 2013
Greatly appreciate the time spent volunteering to record this audiobook. but if you don't have a good voice for narration there's not much point. Chapters 1-3 was narrated beautifully, btw.
Reviewer: - August 11, 2013
The young lady reader Kelly has a terrible diction.
Reviewer: - August 10, 2013
Subject: Not good
Every chapter is read by someone else. Some readers are really horrible. I would appreciate one good reader instead of countless.
Reviewer: - May 30, 2013
Very enjoyable to listen to. An exciting story.
Reviewer: - February 15, 2013
Subject: Review
I'm sorry, but the reader of this book is so boring I could not get passed the first 4 chapters.

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