Stories of Don Quixote : written anew for young people


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(4.6 stars; 9 reviews)

The romance entitled "The Achievements of the Ingenious Gentleman, Don Quixote de la Mancha," was originally written in Spanish by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in the 17th century. It has been read and enjoyed by men and women of the most diverse tastes and conditions. The story is so simple that every one can understand it, and yet it has in it so much wisdom that the wisest may derive pleasure from it. It touches the sense of humor in every heart. It moves to pity rather than ridicule, and to tears as well as laughter. And herein lies its chief claim to greatness, that it seems to have been written not for one country nor for one age alone, but to give delight to all mankind. "It is our joyfullest modern book."

This book is not so much an abridgment of the great book by Cervantes as it is a rewriting of some of its most interesting and captivating parts. While very much of the work has necessarily been omitted, the various adventures are so related as to form a continuous narrative; and in every way, an effort is made to give a clear idea of the manner and content of the original. Although Cervantes certainly had no thought of writing a story for children, there are many passages in Don Quixote which appeal particularly to young readers; and it is hoped that this adaptation of such passages will serve a useful purpose in awakening a desire to become further acquainted with that great world's classic.

This book is dedicated to the children who read, with the hope that they will love the hero, laugh at his adventures, excuse his faults and learn wisdom from his experience.

(adapted from James Baldwin's introductory note to the book) (summery by Basquetteur) (4 hr 40 min)

Chapters

Introductory Note and Chapter 1: Getting Ready for Adventures 14:50 Read by Aaron M. Lebowitz
Chapter 2: The Adventure at the Inn 21:05 Read by Twinkle
Chapter 3: The Adventure with the Farmer 8:16 Read by Aaron M. Lebowitz
Chapter 4: The Adventure with the Merchants 11:44 Read by Twinkle
Chapter 5: The Library 6:10 Read by Aaron M. Lebowitz
Chapter 6: The Choosing of a Squire 5:11 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 7: The Adventure with the Windmills 5:35 Read by Carol Cotter
Chapter 8: The Adventure with the Monks 11:12 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 9: The Lost Helmet 6:41 Read by Aaron M. Lebowitz
Chapter 10: The Adventure with the Sheep 9:12 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 11: The Adventure with the Barber 6:56 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 12: The Adventure with the Prisoners 12:34 Read by Twinkle
Chapter 13: In the Black Mountans 7:54 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 14: The Message to Dulcinea 7:38 Read by Twinkle
Chapter 15: Sancho Panza on the Road 9:20 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 16 The Ox-Cart Journey 11:59 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 17: With Friends and Neighbors 8:56 Read by Aaron M. Lebowitz
Chapter 18: In Search of Dulcinea 12:21 Read by Aaron M. Lebowitz
Chapter 19: The Strolling Players 6:46 Read by Aaron M. Lebowitz
Chapter 20: The Knight of the Mirrors 16:49 Read by Aaron M. Lebowitz
Chapter 21: The Adventure with the Lions 11:53 Read by Twinkle
Chapter 22: The Enchanted Bark 8:05 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 23: The Duke and the Duchess 9:48 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 24: The Wooden-Peg Horse 12:43 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 25: Sancho in His Island 20:40 Read by Twinkle
Chapter 26: The Innkeeper of Saragossa 4:25 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 27: The Knight of the White Moon 4:54 Read by Linda Johnson
Chapter 28: The Last Adventure of them All 6:48 Read by Twinkle

Reviews

interesting


(5 stars)

This publication coincides with the 400th anniversary of the decease of Cervantes on 1616 (the same year than Shakespeare). James Baldwin's talent clearly transpires also here. Congratulations to the readers and coordinators who have made this freely available audiobook possible!


(4 stars)

some of the narrators are better than others, but the story is worth listening to.