A great book for anyone. Younger audiences can enjoy the fantastic journey's while older audiences can appreciate the political satire.
David Hyde Pierce did a fabulous narration of this classic book. I read about half of Gulliver's Travels when I was in college and was pleased to have finally read the book in its entirety. A real insight into political and moral issues as seen by Swift.
Sad that most people will know about Gulliver's first two adventures, but not the rest. Pierce's reading of the Houyhnhnms' language is fantastic. I don't think I would have enjoyed reading this neighing language, but he brings it to life.
A must read for classic enthusiasts.
I've always loved the story of Gulliver' Travels, having fallen in love with a movie version as a young child.
But I hadn't read the book in ages. The story is still great, but David Hyde Pierce's narration is nigh perfect. He has a great combination of arrogance, dry sarcasm, and moments of obsequiousness that the story calls for.
He also does an excellent job pronouncing all those made up words. I would've been reduced to giggle fits.
Tried this book in grade school! Wasn't I precocious? Finally came back and must say this is a great way to experience it. Hyde Pierce is the only narrator to try. He outshines every other option on this or I am sure, any other site. He is perfect in the role and I thank him for his glorius performance. The book gets wearisome near the end, going on a bit long, but I listened almost straight through in 2 sittings, which is a little rare for me. Funny and witty and entertaining. A wholly original idea in its time I expect and one that creators of every kind are still ripping off hundreds of years later. Must have caused a sensation when it came out and rightly so. Still, this will come off as dry to many who do not like older books or subtle styles of humor. Its not hit you in the face with a fish funny or anything. The jokes don't pinch you, you have to pay attention and think a little.
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MUST READ CLASSIC
I particularly liked the way Gulliver spoke the truth--without "realizing" he was insulting his own world.
The end is wonderfully heartbreaking--as all great satires must b.
Listeneing to a different version on CraftLit and Just-the-Books. Everyone in our modern world should hear this book--and how little we've learned in 400 years...
Love fiction and non-fiction, love Audible!
This performance is done in great style, and it makes you believe, that there is actually a man telling his own story about his adventures, not an actor performing.
The author/narrator, his wit and genuine emotions make him truly alive.
David Hyde Pierce narrates the story as genuine as a real adventurer would be telling it to his friends. Not to mention he has a great voice!
The last part of the book where Gulliver meets horse-like creatures and describes their most human way of living.
Though by no means earth-shattering, this satirical fantasy is enjoyable for a contemporary public. Indeed, though many are lost to us, many references are still understandable and pertinent.
Parents should be advised however that this work is often unexpectedly scatological, in sync no doubt with early 18th century sensibilities regarding body functions (or lack thereof).
I was drawn to this because of David Hyde Peirce's voice. He was the only good thing about this book. The initial part of the story was pretty cool. You would never see a movie or series actually based on the entire story. The author's narrative becomes soooooo boring. The story gets weirder and darker. Had I downloaded the entire book for free --- I still would not have rated it better than a ONE star.
Something narrated byTim Pigott-Smith
None. I hope David Hyde Pierce gives his royalties to a charity.
If I had listened to a chapter a day this would perhaps have made a better listening experience.
The pace of this book is very slow. This is more of a satire of his time than the adventure I have seen in the movies.
Without David Hyde Pierce's performance this book would be unlistenable. He brings the story to life.
The only redeeming quality is David Hyde Pierce's performance. Just listening to his performance is enjoyable, if only I could tune out the book...
Probably not....not because of performance but because it just wasn't my favorite story.
I don't have any ideas of changing anything in this book or performance.
Pierce was very good at changing his voice for different characters.
Nothing stood out in any part of the book to really make it memorable to me.
This was supposed to sync back and forth from the audible to the e book and it won't do it with my original kindle fire. This was a disappointment to me. I probably would not have read it anyway (I hadn't in years past) Just not my favorite story. The audio was better than my own reading in this case.