Of course a book like this is a must listen especially if you have not read it.
All depends on the performance and here the narrator doesn't disappoint.
I have read this a few times and it was a pleasure to find that listening to it brought a fresh perspective. It is a good translation which does Flaubert justice.
If you don't know the story you have a great pleasure waiting for you.
I didn't plan to but I ended up listening to this straight through astonished at the privations that the crew survived.
It is well narrated and would make great listening for a family group.
What surprises me me most is that I had not heard of this before. I would have thought Hollywood would snap up a story like this. Especially as being Americans they would not have to change their nationality.
I read this as a youngster and on listening to it here I think much of it was over my head at that time.
It is the work of an astonishing imagination. There are modern authors and film makers that have made a good living out of a fraction that Swift brings before us. It is astonishing to think that this is nearly 300 rears old.
It can be enjoyed at many levels. A robust political satire, a moral inquiry into ways of organising society or just a good yarn.
The early 18th century prose is a delight to a modern ear used to the business speak and mindlessly twaddle that daily assaults us.
The narrator's voice has the right maturity and he does a fine job. It would not be difficult to imgine him wearing 18th C garb.
In all a good listen.
For those who accept Darwin's ideas this is a an entertaining and interesting book. Mr Dawkins does like to preach sometimes but he has a pleasant and engaging style and these passages are not uniteresting.
A pity that it is abridged.
For those (Americans) who don't accept Darwin, Dawkins's erudition will leave you seething. So best give it a miss.
I read these lectures as an undergraduate. It is a good few years since and I still retain a great interest in physics. Even so try as I might I could work up no great enthusiasm at all for these recordings. The lectures were not given as radio lectures so they simply don't work. I kept falling asleep. There are books that are much better value on the site.
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