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.
Reader does a great job. It's one of those classics you hear about all of the time and I figured I should read it, and now I have given it a solid try.
I thoroughly enjoyed the artful use of language to express, with color and flare, the story's comments on the social morays and prejudices of Jonathan Swift's time (1667 - 1745). I especially enjoyed David Hyde Pierce's narration. It made this satirists' humorous and poignant social comments a classic a page turner. What a ride! I would dearly love to hear David Hyde Pierce read from any of Mark Twain and/or Will Rogers works.
I didn't finish listening because the material is too antique. Unlike Shakespeare whose language and style is seemingly timeless--I think 500+ years classifies as timeless--Swift's is not. Even David Hyde Pierce's estimable narration couldn't make up for the heavy-handedness of the satire. Today's listeners are at once more sophisticated and more cynical than Swift's and don't need the bluntness of Swift's satire beating them over the head to get his points..
Making the satire less heavy-handed would shorten the book and update the language.
I haven't read the book but I imagine it would certainly be as good.
I did listen to this in one sitting!
This book was much funnier than I thought it would be! David Hyde Pierce was very good. This was definitely worth the download and listen.