This is Swift's classic fictionalized acounting of 16 years of travel through his interpretation of the world according to the 1700s. While the first few adventures as a giant, as a tiny person, and life on a flying island were at times entertaining, I found much of the drivel in the second half dry and boring. I respect Pierce's work as an actor, but his narration worked too hard to bring Frankenstein back to life only to have him die again.
Why did I made myself endure til the end? Oh yeah... it's a classic.
Family man who loves the outdoors. My nasty DC commute affords me ample listening time.
Okay, so this book was written a few hundred years ago during an age of great discovery. I get that and also understand the effort made toward political satire. I have a pretty good knowledge of history, politics, and literature. Generally speaking, I like classical literature and have read my share. I also believe that I have a good sense of humor and I really wanted to like this book. But mostly I was bored and occasionally annoyed with it. Really, I couldn't help but think that this (author) was a man who liked to play with dolls all day. I kept imagining him locked away in his bedroom, laying on the floor, surrounded by his little dolls imagining that they were real, shooting arrows at him, etc. Then, every so often, he would take a little break, maybe for some milk and cookies, and jot down the scenes he had just imagined, then trot back to his dolls, peeing on the little doll house and laughing hysterically. Maybe he was hitting the opium, I don't know. But unless you are between the ages 5 and 10 or possibly 95 and 100, or are yourself on a hallucinagen, I can't understand how you would find this book funny or even entertaining.
I personally like David Hyde Pierce as an actor immensely and that was one of the selling points of this book... But his narration is flat and I find myself drifting away - nothing is holding me to the story. I'm sad I chose this as one of my first books but I don't think there were any reviews yet when I purchased it.
There are at least three Travels. The first he is a giant, the second he is small, and the third is just so dumb I gave up on it. He is in some sort of "Floating Island". The first two are a bit dry but OK
I have never given up on a book until this one. It was like sitting in a science class from 1705. Not my thing.
I read the children's version, as a child. The original Gulliver's Travels is dumb. Don't bother wasting your time!
Yuck, couldn't get thru it, story was SO BORING and the details, too graphic and stupid. I'm thought I was going to love this but I guess I like the cartoon version better. Sorry, had to give my honest opinion!