Don Quixote - Vol. 1

Miguel de CERVANTES SAAVEDRA (1547 - 1616), translated by John ORMSBY (1829 - 1895)

Don Quixote is an early novel written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Cervantes created a fictional origin for the story in the character of the Morisco historian, Cide Hamete Benengeli, whom he claims to have hired to translate the story from an Arabic manuscript he found in Toledo's bedraggled old Jewish quarter.

The protagonist, Alonso Quixano, is a minor landowner who has read so many stories of chivalry that he descends into fantasy and becomes convinced he is a knight errant. Together with his companion Sancho Panza, the self-styled Don Quixote de la Mancha sets out in search of adventures. His "lady" is Dulcinea del Toboso, an imaginary object of his courtly love crafted from a neighbouring farmgirl by the illusion-struck "knight" (her real name is Aldonza Lorenzo, and she is totally unaware of his feelings for her. In addition, she never actually appears in the novel).

Published in two volumes a decade apart, Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age and perhaps the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears at or near the top of lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Translator's Preface, part 1 Chip
00:45:15
Play 02 Translator’s Preface, part 2 Chip
01:02:51
Play 03 Some Commendatory Verses (11 poems) Sara Schein
00:10:26
Play 04 Author's Preface Anita Roy Dobbs
00:16:14
Play 05 Dedication of Part 1, Chapters 1-3 Anita Roy Dobbs
00:46:27
Play 06 Chapters 4-5 featherheadfop
00:22:54
Play 07 Chapters 6-8 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
00:55:44
Play 08 Chapters 9-13 Kirsten Ferreri
01:01:35
Play 09 Chapters 14-15 Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:47:15
Play 10 Chapter 16 Gesine
00:18:36
Play 11 Chapter 17 Kathleen Dang
00:16:11
Play 12 Chapter 18 Marian Brown
00:25:52
Play 13 Chapter 19 Marian Brown
00:18:25
Play 14 Chapter 20 Marian Brown
00:33:04
Play 15 Chapter 21 Marian Brown
00:28:58
Play 16 Chapter 22 Marian Brown
00:26:10
Play 17 Chapter 23 Zachary Brewster-Geisz
00:26:40
Play 18 Chapter 24 Robert Foster
00:24:36
Play 19 Chapter 25 part 1 Robert Foster
00:30:46
Play 20 Chapter 25 part 2 Robert Foster
00:13:06
Play 21 Chapter 26 Robert Foster
00:20:25
Play 22 Chapter 27 Robert Foster
00:41:45
Play 23 Chapter 28 Joplin James
00:30:28
Play 24 Chapter 29 Catherine Fitz
00:30:40
Play 25 Chapters 30-32 Joplin James
00:55:01
Play 26 Chapter 33 featherheadfop
00:39:32
Play 27 Chapters 34-35 featherheadfop
00:55:10
Play 28 Chapters 36-38 featherheadfop
00:48:15
Play 29 Chapters 39-40 featherheadfop
00:39:11
Play 30 Chapter 41 Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
00:57:44
Play 31 Chapters 42-43 Lizzie Driver
00:43:33
Play 32 Chapters 44-45 Lizzie Driver
00:41:50
Play 33 Chapter 46 Lizzie Driver
00:20:58
Play 34 Chapters 47-49 Andy Minter
00:59:08
Play 35 Chapter 50 Katy Preston
00:14:07
Play 36 Chapters 51-52 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
00:47:44