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Promoted to the rank of Monsignor, Quixote and his friend Sancho, the ex-mayor of El Toboso and an avid Communist, set off on their travels in the rusty old car the call Rocinante. Together, they roam through modern-day Spain in a brilliant picaresque fable that, like Cervantes' classic, offers enduring insights into our life and times.

Cyril Cusack reads Grahame Greene’s moving, hilarious novel about a Catholic priest and his friend, a Marxist mayor.

©1990 Graham Greene (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Not one for misophonia sufferers

Cyril Cusack is a good actor and does the voices, aptly capturing the absurdity and humour of this largely dialogue-based novel, but he must have been pretty old when this was recorded and his voice is close-miked and wheezy. Lots of saliva clicking and mouth noises, as well a rasping breath noises, perhaps in character for the eponymous hero and his superannuated Sancho but quite irritating to anyone listening on headphones and certainly not one for those of you with any hint of misophonia.

The novel itself is not the very finest Greene, but it's enjoyable and thought-provoking, if a little confined by being calqued on the more famous tale of the Monsignor's putative ancestor (also fictional).

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Give Cyril Cusack an Oscar !

What made the experience of listening to Monsignor Quixote the most enjoyable?

Outstanding story and narrating.
I was recommended this book by a friend and someone else said that it would help to read the original Don Quixote, so I downloaded it, but to be honest, it's not my type of book.
The Monsignor Quixote can easily stand alone on it's own merits, and while those that have read the Don Q. will appreciate the various references to it, but I enjoyed the book with just the briefest references to the Don Q by way of explanation.

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Highly recommended!

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Cure

Wonderful book superbly narrated, Cyril Cusack really brings the dialogues and the characters alive.
Sad and bit mystified by comments about Cusack's delivery – a cure maybe to listen on full speakers not just headphones which may account for backgrounds sounds coming to the fore?

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Outstanding story telling

A wonderful story and the last religious novel by Graham Greene. Cyril Cusack brings the two main characters to life as they discuss faith and politics. A wonderful meditation on life.

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Great book - bad recording

It's a wonderful book, both sad and funny with lovely images , spoiled by sloppy recording.

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Perfect narration for a wonderful story

A Graham Greene tale perfectly delivered by Cyril Cusack, rarely have I heard a book so enhanced by the narrator.

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Superb but not quite a perfect performance

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was quite fun and very entertaining. The performance was excellent but the experience war marred by loud audible swallows and breaths picked up in the audio. Very nitpicky but noticeable (for me). It didn't detract from the experience and I am looking forward to giving this another listen in the future.

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Beautifully crafted, gently comic, deeply touching

I read this book very many years ago. To revisit it on Audible has been a treat. Cyril Cusack easily slips between the characters of the communist ex-Mayor and the gentle Monsignor, giving each a voice that resonates with the characters on the page.

The story has not lost its charm and immediacy, despite the decades added to my age since I first enjoyed the companions’ developing friendship and their free-wheeling discussions on belief, faith, doubt and the prophet Marx. Monsignor Quixote’s attempt to explain the Trinity using wine bottles is a little touch of genius! And the delicious application of Cartesian philosophy in the finale is amusing and satisfying.

Delightful and thought provoking and heart-warming.

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Difficult?

It's difficult to know whether or how to recommend this book. It seems to require a particular set of interests and a particular vintage. But strangely enough I enjoyed it.

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An outstanding book made better

What was one of the most memorable moments of Monsignor Quixote?

Monsignor Quixote saying "Bugger the Bishop!"

Which scene was your favorite?

Monsignor Quixote saying mass at the end of the book and Sancho stepping up to hold him in case he fell down.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Do not miss this. The narration adds a new depth to the book. Kudos to the narrator!