Briton pioneers first audio book with Don Quixote

4th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

4 May 2005, MADRID — A British businessman who pioneered the introduction of audio-books into the English speaking market is to bring the idea to Spain with a version of Don Quixote.

4 May 2005

MADRID — A British businessman who pioneered the introduction of audio-books into the English speaking market is to bring the idea to Spain with a version of Don Quixote.

Peter Mayer, who was for 20 years the president of Penguin, made audio books a successful venture in Britain, Canada, Australia and the United States.

Mayer has picked Spain's most famous book, on the 400th anniversary of its publication, to bring the idea to this country.

In partnership with Manuel Arroyo, director of the publishing house Turner, Mayer is to bring out the Cervantes classic text on 37 CDs.

The two volumes of Don Quixote will go on sale in Spain this week across the country.

The recording is read by a number of actors, lead by Juan Luis Galiardo, who has appeared in a film version of Quixote.

Mayer said he had been thinking about making an audio version of Cervantes' book for four years, but what finally made him do it was the fact he could not believe it was not possible to hear Spain's most famous text read in Spanish.

"It did not seem possible that I could not hear in Spanish the most important Spanish novel ever written," he said.

"Americans and Europeans listen to all the great works from Homer to Garcia Marquez in their cars, their homes."      

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


 

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