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Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce | [Jonathan Swift]

Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Gulliver’s encounters with fantastic peoples and creatures - from the small-statured Lilliputians to the stargazing Liputians - reach to the far corners of the world. As narrator, David Hyde Pierce wonderfully captures the wit and irony of this much-loved classic. Despite Gulliver’s detailed, and sometimes cumbersome, descriptions of strange lands and their inhabitants, Pierce doesn’t miss a beat. His melodic voice wraps perfectly around Swift’s eighteenth-century language. His pronunciations of the imaginative languages are delightful, especially the neighing expressions of the Houyhnhnms, a utopian society of horses. Pierce’s consistently matter-of-fact tone fits Swift’s own. His reading highlights the author’s humor and sarcasm, pulling the listener into this fantastic journey.

Publisher's Summary

Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce is famous for playing the lovably self-important Dr. Niles Crane in the hit TV series Frasier. Now, he brings the same wit and charming arrogance to his Signature Classics performance of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

More than just a mock travel book and fabulous adventure, Gulliver’s Travels is a character study and social satire that skewers politics, science, religion, philosophy, and pretentiousness with a bite and resonance that remains as fresh today as the day it was published. Maybe that’s why it hasn’t been out of print in nearly 300 years.

Set sail with David Hyde Pierce for a smart, fun, new Gulliver’s Travels experience that’s unlike any other. And stay tuned for more one-of-a-kind performances from actors Leelee Sobiesky, Casey Affleck, Tim Curry, and more, only from Audible Signature Classics.

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What the Critics Say

"Despite Gulliver’s detailed, and sometimes cumbersome, descriptions of strange lands and their inhabitants, Pierce doesn’t miss a beat. His melodic voice wraps perfectly around Swift’s eighteenth-century language. His pronunciations of the imaginative languages are delightful, especially the neighing expressions of the Houyhnhnms, a utopian society of horses. In a book in which the author’s voice comes through on every page, Pierce’s consistently matter-of-fact tone fits Swift’s own. His reading highlights the author’s humor and sarcasm, pulling the listener into this fantastic journey." (AudioFile)

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    Dave 09-17-14
    Dave 09-17-14
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    "Swift must have been on durgs when writing this."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Swift must have been on his generation's version of LSD when he wrote Gulliver's Travels.I purchased this to listen to in the car while driving my 86 yr. old mother to her home across several states this fall. It was highly inappropriate in most story lines. I stopped it after the second "travel". My wife and I tried to listen to it while we took a driving vacation later. We could not get through the whole thing. I will be asking for my money (credit) back on this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Swift again?

    NO !


    Which character – as performed by David Hyde Pierce – was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    Everything after the title.


    Any additional comments?

    David Hyde Pierce did a good job. It was the story that stunk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Abel Ragen St. Louis, MO USA 09-04-14
    Brian Abel Ragen St. Louis, MO USA 09-04-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Gulliver for Grown-Ups"
    What did you love best about Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    Pierce takes on the role of Gulliver with real understanding. The narrator of this work–Gulliver himself—is at times a trustworthy reporter, at times a partisan advocate, and at time an absolute fool. Of course, he does not realize when he is a bigot or an idiot, and Pierce reads him so that he comes across as utterly sincere while Swift looms behind him saying—"See how people fool themselves!" Pierce makes it easy to keep in mind the presence of both Gulliver and Swift at such moments.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voice of Gulliver, who so often misses what's going on.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought Pierce capture than deluded, arrogant, horse-worshipping Gulliver at the end of the book perfectly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I think 18th-century novels with their ironic narrators are perfect for Pierce. Could he do Fielding's Jonathan Wild the Great? Or, a Thackeray's Barry Lyndon, a Victorian version of the 18th-century? He would make those neglected novels come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David PASADENA, CA, United States 08-31-14
    David PASADENA, CA, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2010

    Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.

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    "Good story, great storyteller"
    What did you love best about Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    The narrator. David Hyde Pierce tells a crazy story in a most believable fashion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a funny outsiders view of the foibles of our own societies. Few books can pull this off in fiction.


    Have you listened to any of David Hyde Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sorry, this is the first I've listened to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The conclusion when the narrator gets home to England and reflects on all his journeys and how he sees his journeys differently than his countrymen would.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a classic story and David Hyde Pierce tells it masterfully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 08-12-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2007

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Pierce is redeeming quality of this book"

    Oh I really wanted to like this, to be inspired by it, to find the amazingness of Swift's tale. But I didn't. Ho hum is what I have to say. I feel bad about that. At least David Hyde Pierce's narration was outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 07-04-14
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2011

    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!

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    "An excellent rememberanxe"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Temporal Singularity 11-02-13
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    "Surprisingly good."

    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.

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    thomas Logan, UT 01-07-13
    thomas Logan, UT 01-07-13
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    "wonderful views on society and they still hold tru"
    Where does Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    What other book might you compare Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce to and why?

    Any other popular novel from and english author from the same era


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed his take on politicians


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Evan Greenfield, Indiana, United States 10-29-12
    Evan Greenfield, Indiana, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"
    Any additional comments?

    A great book for anyone. Younger audiences can enjoy the fantastic journey's while older audiences can appreciate the political satire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn United States 10-08-12
    Carolyn United States 10-08-12
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    "Old time fantasy"
    Would you listen to Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce again? Why?

    Probably not....not because of performance but because it just wasn't my favorite story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't have any ideas of changing anything in this book or performance.


    What about David Hyde Pierce’s performance did you like?

    Pierce was very good at changing his voice for different characters.






    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing stood out in any part of the book to really make it memorable to me.


    Any additional comments?

    This was supposed to sync back and forth from the audible to the e book and it won't do it with my original kindle fire. This was a disappointment to me. I probably would not have read it anyway (I hadn't in years past) Just not my favorite story. The audio was better than my own reading in this case.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 04-29-12
    Heather 04-29-12 Member Since 2008

    mother, podcaster, writer, designer, knitter, spinner... no necessarily in that order...

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    "Want to Understand the Yahoos in Politics?"
    If you could sum up Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce in three words, what would they be?

    MUST READ CLASSIC


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I particularly liked the way Gulliver spoke the truth--without "realizing" he was insulting his own world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end is wonderfully heartbreaking--as all great satires must b.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    can't...too long


    Any additional comments?

    Listeneing to a different version on CraftLit and Just-the-Books. Everyone in our modern world should hear this book--and how little we've learned in 400 years...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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