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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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    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 Tucson, AZ, United States 04-29-12
    Heather Tucson, AZ, United States 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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    Pierre Gauthier Montréal 12-21-11
    Pierre Gauthier Montréal 12-21-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable!"

    Though by no means earth-shattering, this satirical fantasy is enjoyable for a contemporary public. Indeed, though many are lost to us, many references are still understandable and pertinent.

    Parents should be advised however that this work is often unexpectedly scatological, in sync no doubt with early 18th century sensibilities regarding body functions (or lack thereof).

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    Meena United States 08-13-13
    Meena United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting!!! a good read...."

    very nice narration... very very funny....has value for money....nice creation by the author...fun filled and entertaining....

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angelyne Ottawa 07-02-14
    Angelyne Ottawa 07-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "You can get it for cheaper"
    Any additional comments?

    You can actually get this audiobook for less than a dollar, by purchasing the kindle version from amazon first.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 07-02-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 07-02-14 Member Since 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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    "WTF Audible?"

    I've wondered whether or not the Daily Deals here on Audible were picked by random, and now I know a computer is definitely involved.

    Todays wonderful deal at $3.95 is actually free if you buy the $.99 book on Kindle first.

    FREE.

    Audible -- I can't respect your "big bonanza" Daily Deal if you're not paying attention to what's going on. Buyers beware!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ali J ! Canada 01-14-13
    Ali J ! Canada 01-14-13 Member Since 2008

    Ali

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    "awefully boring book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was drawn to this because of David Hyde Peirce's voice. He was the only good thing about this book. The initial part of the story was pretty cool. You would never see a movie or series actually based on the entire story. The author's narrative becomes soooooo boring. The story gets weirder and darker. Had I downloaded the entire book for free --- I still would not have rated it better than a ONE star.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something narrated byTim Pigott-Smith


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. I hope David Hyde Pierce gives his royalties to a charity.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Wigfall NYC, NY 02-15-11
    J. Wigfall NYC, NY 02-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "An Endurance Game"

    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.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    andrew tracys landing, MD, United States 02-08-11
    andrew tracys landing, MD, United States 02-08-11 Member Since 2007

    Regular guy from the midwest. Love my kids and the outdoors. 15 years of commuting in D.C. has helped to put a few titles in my library.

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    "I don't get it"

    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.

    4 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Monika Longmont, CO, United States 02-03-11
    Monika Longmont, CO, United States 02-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I had hoped..."

    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.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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