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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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.
I'd always heard that Gulliver's Travels was one of the great satiric works of English literature, but if that's the case, I don't really understand the word. I had always thought satire was a gentle, humourous, and sometimes even affectionate skewering of the status quo, but this book is actually often rather angry and ham-fisted. Then again, sometimes it is humourous to the point of almost being farcical. Either way, it's not the children's book that some might be expecting.
Regardless of whether I'd call it satire, I did enjoy it - and I'm glad I listened to it rather than read it, as I think some of the language would have made it a very difficult read. It's a classic for many reasons, and it is referenced time and time again in popular culture, in whole or in part. Many know the basics of the 4 travel stories that make up this book - one to a land of miniature people, one to a land of gigantic people, one to a land led by a floating city with emphasis on math and music, and one to a land of rationality and reason presided over by equines, not humans. Mostly, I believed they allowed Swift an opportunity to lampoon all the parts of his society that he wished to insult, but in a more acceptable manner than shouting it out on street corners.
David Hyde Pierce did a wonderful job, not only in making some of the imaginary language understandable rather than distracting, but also in making the events seem more plausible than they otherwise might be in print and in making the sometimes long and drawn-out descriptions more palatable. Sadly, it took a while before I stopped thinking of Niles Crane narrating a story with his brother as the protagonist, but that fault is solely my own and not a problem with his narration.
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...
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I read Gulliver's Travels a very long time ago. That memory prompted me to make this purchase. The narration was excellent. I found that my memory of the story had been distorted not only by time but by viewing the many versions of it. It was great to rediscover the original. I had great fun with it.
Love classics and very long books....
I mistakenly thought this book was for a younger audience....i.e. if I am fifty-something I should have gotten to it earlier. Not so. Each "world" he travels to is an ironic joke directed at segments of regular society. Should we divide along party lines over the method by which you crack your eggs (big-end crackers or small-end crackers)? David Hyde Pierce did an outstanding job. I have not seen the printed version of the book and thus can only imagine how he sounded out some of the languages. He did a particularly good job with the horses. A great book and a great performance.
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.
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
A great book for anyone. Younger audiences can enjoy the fantastic journey's while older audiences can appreciate the political satire.