My expectations were that this was a children's story. I was surprised to find out that it is not. It is actually a sitcom intended for an adult audience if you think about it. And some of the bits could be quite funny if they were written in a modern style.
Yes, I would not have finished the book if I had to read it. David Hyde Pierce was fantastic!
I actually ended up hating this book. As a kid you only hear of part of the story. This was not kids book and I thought the ending was disturbing, although it may have been valid.
When Davis Hyde Pierce is reading you get the full experience of the emotions involved from Gulliver"s prospective. I do wonder how he figured out how to say some of the words.
I was moved at Gulliver's mistreatment all through the book. I guess so was Gulliver based on the ending of the book.
I am not sorry that I got this book, but I really disliked the story. I was hoping for a nice fairy tale. Wow! So much craziness going on in this book.
Finding a narrator for Gulliver's Travels will always be a difficult choice. Think of any great actor and you'll find them reading this classic tale. David Hyde Pierce will forever be remembered as Nile Crane on Frasier, so it's an inspired choice for him to narrate this signature performance of Gulliver's Travels. He reads with drama, sense and skill, bringing life to the story with an appropriate sense of curiosity and discovery. To this story of travelling and adventure, of empires and the spreading and sharing of cultures and knowledge, his accent brings a particular emphasis which both suits the story and gives it new inflection. It's a great reading of this masterpiece which is well worth hearing and enjoying.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
I have tried to read this book, but found it difficult. I decided to give it a go when I saw this edition narrated by David Hyde Pierce. Previously I hadn't gotten past the Brobdingnag chapter. I knew it was a satire, but didn't realize it was also science fiction (3rd chapter with a "floating island") and is very earthy.
Gulliver has four travels and he progressively realizes how corrupt his race/nation is. I read one description of the stories that is great for summarizing - little (Lilliput) to big (Brobdingnag), and math/music (Laputa mainly) to natural (Houyhnhnm - which is horse language). Along the way Gulliver compares the government of each country to his own and finds they are worse or better.
The audio book was superb - especially David Hyde Pierce's perfection of the Houyhnhnm pronunciation.
David Hyde Pierce is hilarious. I feel like his rendition of the written work adds so much that a reader may not pick up on their own initially. Also, it's easy to picture him in the role so if you're driving when you listen to this (like I was) it doesn't take a whole lot of focus to visualize the character since he is already so recognizable. Witty, honest, and hilarious.
I'll be honest, I'm only about halfway through but so far his "little nurse" is my favorite; the little girl who takes care of him in the land of the giants. I could so easily picture a sweet little girl taking such loving, but absented-minded care of a little wanderer.
This book was clearly written in a time before television or other such easy entertainment modes. Such books seem so much more ornate in description and detail. So some parts went a bit slow at times. The specific dimensions given for different structures in town could become tedious. Even with that disclaimer, my favorite parts were in his description of cultures. For example, in Lilliput, he goes in detail about how children are raised, gender roles in society, and other cultural specifics. I find this fascinating to think he is comparing it to England at the time. The history nerd in me takes parts like this and builds an entire world around, the one he is describing and the one he is comparing it to.
I still have a few hours left to listen to! I'm just over halfway so I feel like I can't speak to this question just yet.
I listened to this book while driving by myself on an extended road trip. I am a frequent audio book listener and have come to be much better at absorbing details by listening alone, rather than needing to read it before it truly sinks in. I found this book to be so detailed at times that I missed parts because I zoned out. I replayed parts and had to back up occasionally. I feel like this book would be hard to listen to with a group of travelers because each would miss different parts that enhance the overall story due to the nature of the writing. Share it with friends, but after you've listened to it at your own pace!
I enjoy most books i listen to unless it is a dramatization and it was not clearly labeled to distinguish it's self from and audio book
Any other popular novel from and english author from the same era
I enjoyed his take on politicians
I listen to my books generally while i am working so if it is less than twelve hours of audio I usually would have it done in one day
I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!
Yes, because he read Gulliver's Travels very well considering all of the different characters he had to read for and he didn't read in silly voices. Pierce also had some incredibly weird names to pronounce and accents to keep straight.
When Gulliver left his Houyhnhnm Master.
1) When Gulliver left Glundalclitch.
2) When Gulliver left his Houyhnhnm Master.
Made me think about how Swift unfolded his idea that Humans are not suppose to know everything.
Now I know what it means when someone is called a YaHoo.
This is one of the best audiobook performances I have had the pleasure to listen to.
The story is timeless - and I've read it many times. All four of Gulliver's travels make for great reading.
All of them. He does a really great job.
When he realizes that humans are closer to base animals than creatures of reason.
David Hyde Pierce's voice is perfect for the role.
Even as I plan to reread the Swift masterpiece, I shall probably listen again as well. In fairness, some of discourse makes the text rather difficult for the audio medium, and while the reader may take the liberty of rereading a challenging passage, the listener generally cannot (or does not) indulge in an analogous luxury.
Pierce handled the narrative splendidly, with good articulation and clear delivery. There were parts of the third voyage (Laputa) that certainly require a little more time to process (cf., my first paragraph, above), although this is perhaps a subjective observation. I believe Pierce hits his high point in the final voyage; the nobility of the horses and savagery of the yahoos comes through with all of the author's intent.
Bottom line: a good production, an excellent performance, and -- of course -- a classic piece of literature.
Devouring literature and having fun along the way. :] Well, for the most part.
I didn't think I could enjoy reading Gulliver's Travels more than I did until I heard this narration! If you are planning to read this novel, DEFINITELY download this one--the narration is crisp and pure, the character is well-developed, and the pronunciation is fantastic. I loved the fourth journey most if not for the story for David Pierce's awesome use of the foreign language.