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

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

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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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    Winston Smith 06-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliantly read for the modern listener"
    If you could sum up Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce in three words, what would they be?

    Lucid, Brilliant, Timeless


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    Toward the end of the story, Gulliver launches into a hilarious tirade against the legal profession - lawyers and judges. At least as funny and on-target in the 21st century as it must have been in the early 18th century.


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

    He reads very clearly for the modern reader. He knows exactly where and how to place emphasis in each sentence so that you have no trouble following along, even though the style of English is formally rather old fashioned. He also has a great comic style, bringing out the wry humor for maximum effect. Modern readers should have no worries about whether they will enjoy this reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was stunned that I waited so long in my life to read this book. I should have read it forty years ago.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a reason why this book is still in print after three hundred years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Dohoney 06-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The excellent origin of political satire"

    Outstanding rendition of a classic that is as compelling now as ever before . . . Thanks, Audible!

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    Amazon Customer 05-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Narration"

    This is easily one of the finest narrations of a book I have ever had the pleasure to listen too.

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    Cohl6 05-21-16
    Cohl6 05-21-16
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    "David Hyde Pierce is Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce the most enjoyable?

    I don't watch much TV, so I didn't recognize the name of the narrator at the outset. I assumed, judging from his absolutely perfect delivery and performance, that he must be a British Shakespearean actor of great renown, one of those with equal mastery over drama and humor. I looked him up afterwards to find out what other books he's narrated, and was startled to find out that he is an American TV actor.
    Besides this, Mr. Pierce has only narrated children's books, which is quite a disappointment. I hope he does more adult book narration in the near future.


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    Todd 04-28-16
    Todd 04-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "must read"

    This book is almost 300 years old and a great classic. I would recommend it to anyone. And the former Dr Crane does fantastic reading of the satire.

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    Joseph 04-03-16
    Joseph 04-03-16
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    "Superb narration"

    Mr. Pierce did a tremendous job of reading this classic. The Dean would have approved. Well done.

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    bg 03-13-16
    bg 03-13-16
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    "Dull"

    I bought this because of the narrator but it is dull dull dull. No inflection in his voice, no emotion whatsoever. I couldn't get past the halfway mark. This is a classic I had never read and I am sorry this is the version I chose and that I waited too long to read it so I can't return it now!

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    Karen L. 02-20-16
    Karen L. 02-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely delightful!"

    One could not imagine a better narrator for this great classic. David Hyde Pierce can even hee-haw and talk like a horse convincingly. I hesitated reading this novel for decades, because I don't usually appreciate fantasy, but now it is one of my favorites.

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    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 02-20-16
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 02-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I forget how boring the clasics can be."

    I really loved the idea of catching up on classics that I had missed on audio but I never realized how boring some of the stories are and how hard it would be to stay with them. I thought I was at the end of the book here and then they would go on to book 2 and 3 which made it really long and really boring. I don't know what mad these stories classics but I would be so concerned about catching up on them anymore.

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    luket 12-09-15
    luket 12-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    The story is do much more than Lilliput.
    David Hyde Pierce made story all that much better. Truly superb.

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  • Ruth
    Brockley, London, United Kingdom
    2/13/11
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    "Lively and unusual"

    I chose this audiobook because I took advantage of the 'free first chapter' offer and then couldn't resist getting the rest. I had read a child's version of Gulliver's Travels when I was about seven, and although I enjoyed it at the time, I've often wondered what the original is like.

    And it's great! Most people know about Lilliput etc, but the rest makes for just as compulsive listening - if not more so. It was both funny, clever and thought provoking. It is obvious that the book makes many political points which will be most meaningful to those with the appropriate historical knowledge (which I don't really have), but even so I found the humour and sharpness in it very effective and, interestingly, several of the comments seemed pertinent to our laws/politicians etc today!

    I thought it was superbly read, even though the English accent as portrayed by an American was slightly odd at times. But that didn't matter at all as it was read in such a lively and spirited manner. And his mastery of the many, many nonsense names made me want to laugh/cheer out loud! If you do choose this book, make sure you stick it to the end as the reading of the last section is brilliant. Full marks, I really enjoyed it.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    2/6/15
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    "Simply brilliant."

    David Hyde Pierce brings this famous title alive with his narration. Hard to believe this was written so many years ago. As relevant now as it ever was. It should be required reading for everyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • JBW
    7/8/15
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    "Excellent Novel - essential reading for all"

    Excellent Novel - essential reading for all

    Very well narrated - a true classic

    Most enjoyable

    JBW

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Los Gallardos, Spain
    12/22/14
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    "great stuff well read"

    David Hp has the perfect voice for this story. An elegant sneer that keeps the story rolling.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cliff
    Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom
    1/23/13
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    "A True Classic"

    Evocatively written. The style and reader are beautifully matched. So much more to it than an old book for kids - which is what I have always thought it was.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    10/21/12
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    "Highly enjoyable"

    Really enjoyed this reading. 'Niles Crane' makes an excellent narrator, although his fake posh English accent sometimes slips up. Had never read the story of Gulliver before, and think that listening to it probably added an edge to the irony and veiled sarcasm which reading may not have. Thoroughly recommended

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    1/26/15
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    "DHP's accent is a distraction"
    What would have made Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce better?

    The performance would be much improved by David Hyde Pierce *not* adopting a faux English accent. For one thing the accent he tries to emulate is what I would call "Oxford English", which is not really appropriate for Swift (nor for Gulliver, who is meant to hail from Nottingham). And for another I'm afraid the quite frequent interpolation of a somewhat different accent (Yorkshire?) into occasional syllables means the performance just gets in the way of the text. I enjoy Mr. Pierce as a character actor but someone should disabuse him of the notion that he can carry an extended pastiche like this for very long. I gave up after 2 chapters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    Didn't get far enough to have an opinion.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The shaky attempt at an English accent makes the listening experience hard work.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • GenKan
    4/8/15
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    "Two lovely stores and two satirical"
    What did you like most about Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    Fantastic, every time he "pronounced" the "words" of the different worlds I could barley keep myself from laughing out loud.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The first two was clearly the best, the satirical tone was turned on at the end of the of the second book. The dialog with the king of Brobdingnag was just a bash of his culture


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The way he saved the queen when he was on the island of Lilliput


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

    The strange relation he had to his human wife. Who would accept there significant other to go away for year after almost dying two times?!


    Any additional comments?

    Easy to recommend this book, was great but its obvious Swift show little respect and appropriation for royalty and lawyers.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • HA
    6/6/16
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    "Not bad"

    Not Bad...... Very wordy and detailed but reasonably entertaining. Very unlike expectation. Shows that often we only heat the choice cuts of a story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rollingplacebo
    3/3/16
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    "One of my favourite books ever."

    There is so much more to this book than what one may know from some movie or cartoon adaptations.
    The narrator is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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