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Brought to you by Penguin. 

This Penguin Classic is performed by Kayvan Novak, Josh Cohen, Alistair Petrie and Richard Hughes. 

Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading romances of chivalry that he determines to become a knight errant and pursue bold adventures, accompanied by his squire, the cunning Sancho Panza. As they roam the world together, the ageing Quixote's fancy leads them wildly astray. At the same time the relationship between the two men grows in fascinating subtlety. 

Often considered to be the first modern novel, Don Quixote is a wonderful burlesque of the popular literature with which its disordered protagonist is obsessed.

Public Domain (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • lafagüfüeferafa
  • 05-06-2020

Doesn't do its original version in Spanish justice

This is a phenomenal story. If you speak and read multiple languages, put this down and find it in Spanish. The language throughout the book is great but its void of the romanticism that Cervantes uses in his language. No te arrepentirás!

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  • OkamiOki
  • 24-09-2020

absolutely great

The best novel I've ever had the privilege of listening to. A great translation - indeed it should be considered the definitive english translation.
All my homies dig it.

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  • Chooch
  • 07-05-2021

Great Story, Phenomenally Performed.

A great and mildly humourous story narrerated phenomenally. Don Quixote tries instilling his mad wisdoms on the world surrounding him. The book could drag at times but it provided much needed depth to truly understand Don Quixote's nature.

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  • Charlie O'Doherty, London
  • 13-07-2020

Exceptionally well read

Loved every minute of this reading. It was exceptionally well read and really brought this novel to life.

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  • Rgh1066
  • 28-06-2021

There's a reason this is regarded as a Classic

Don Quixote is a book many never get around to reading, and one with which many book lovers have merely a passing acquaintance - usually confined to the early episode of Quixote's tilt against the windmills. But this book is much more than that, and this superbly narrated translation does justice to what is rightly regarded as a classic work of literature.

Such is the work's coherence that one often forgets during this adventure that it is an episodic novel; most of the characters who appear in it are nonce characters who never appear again - and one very important character never actually appears in person at all! Cervantes appears to realise round about chapter 8 that he has stumbled upon a wonderful vehicle for exploring the human experience, and what may have started out as a short story resolves itself into first a novela, and then something utterly new, bold and exciting - the modern novel.

The alert reader enters on this journey with Cervantes and there are sublime moments of discovery as well as plenty of genuinely laugh-out-loud moments on the way. The development of character, in particular Sancho Panza (though that might merely be a personal preference), is impressive, but equally fascinating is the interplay of text and textuality - this is a novel that knows it's a novel and happily takes time to explore with the reader the boundaries of the form and the possibilities of the partnership the author forms with the reader.

There are few books about which one can say with confidence they will remain immortal. Don Quixote is one of them. I'm in the flush of having recently completed my reading of it (it took me about five weeks - mainly listening on my commute in the car), but I'm an experienced enough reader to know that this feeling of euphoria is not because of merely having ticked a book off my book list, but rather of having made the acquaintance of a cast of characters from the canon of world literature who will continue to give enjoyment for years to come.

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