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.
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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"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)
Probably not....not because of performance but because it just wasn't my favorite story.
I don't have any ideas of changing anything in this book or performance.
Pierce was very good at changing his voice for different characters.
Nothing stood out in any part of the book to really make it memorable to me.
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.
mother, podcaster, writer, designer, knitter, spinner... no necessarily in that order...
MUST READ CLASSIC
I particularly liked the way Gulliver spoke the truth--without "realizing" he was insulting his own world.
The end is wonderfully heartbreaking--as all great satires must b.
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...
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).
very nice narration... very very funny....has value for money....nice creation by the author...fun filled and entertaining....
I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.
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.
Audible -- I can't respect your "big bonanza" Daily Deal if you're not paying attention to what's going on. Buyers beware!!!
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.
Something narrated byTim Pigott-Smith
None. I hope David Hyde Pierce gives his royalties to a charity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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