What a book!!! David Hyde Pierce was a perfect choice as the narrator! I thoroughly enjoyed this audible book!
David Hyde Pierce's take on the Houyhnhnms (horse-like creatures that can communicate) made the whole listen worthwhile. I literally laughed out loud. I could easily go back and listen to that chapter again.
If you need a kid-friendly listen, this is a good pick. Even if you don't, you'll still enjoy it!
The opening of this story is rather interesting (and bawdy in places), and is probably the only part of the book most people know. I certainly did not know much about the book past the Lilliputans. I also enjoyed his time with the Giants. But then it appeared that Swift wanted to top what he had already written, and thus became outlandish for the sake of becoming outlandish. At that point, I started looking forward to the end of the book.
A classic view of socio-political viewpoints. Swifts views will always be relevant to any civilized society as swift captures the best and worst effects of the human condition as related to problems in society.
I am not British, so I am not an authority on this, but David's accent sounds spot on to me. His reading never gets tiring, his intonation is varied and beautiful, and his inflection is just right. I listened in 1.5x, and easily heard everything. It was ten hours and I could listen to him for ten hours more.
As for the story, it's a classic, and has been around nearly 300 years, so of course it gets five stars. That said, listening to it (while doing housework and yard work) was definitely easier than sitting down to read it. I would also say that since this book is a travel log, with many long descriptions, not all of which are extremely scintillating, it is a better book for listening to while doing chores than while riding in the car.
Gulliver's Travels was written prior to when English literature did a lot of dialog, so he only had to vary his voice once or twice when a character was speaking. However, he does read a rather long-winded description of nautical maneuvers which he reads quickly, deftly, and quite comically. At the end of it, I thought, Well Done!!
10 hours is a long sitting. :) Like I said in my main comment, this isn't really a road trip book; it's more of a mow-the-lawn book.
This is great piece of education on all matters political and moral for Yahoos, some of which style themselves Humans, of older ages. The narration conveys the feelings and points of the travelogue so well that it is hard to imagine any other in roll. He speaks excellently for a Yahoo.
Wasn't familiar with all of Gulliver's destinations, remembered the small and giant people but had forgotten the rest. All were very interesting. David Pierce did an excellent job reading it and bringing it to life.