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.
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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)
Wasn't familiar with all of Gulliver's destinations, remembered the small and giant people but had forgotten the rest. All were very interesting. David Pierce did an excellent job reading it and bringing it to life.
Reader does a great job. It's one of those classics you hear about all of the time and I figured I should read it, and now I have given it a solid try.
I thoroughly enjoyed the artful use of language to express, with color and flare, the story's comments on the social morays and prejudices of Jonathan Swift's time (1667 - 1745). I especially enjoyed David Hyde Pierce's narration. It made this satirists' humorous and poignant social comments a classic a page turner. What a ride! I would dearly love to hear David Hyde Pierce read from any of Mark Twain and/or Will Rogers works.
I didn't finish listening because the material is too antique. Unlike Shakespeare whose language and style is seemingly timeless--I think 500+ years classifies as timeless--Swift's is not. Even David Hyde Pierce's estimable narration couldn't make up for the heavy-handedness of the satire. Today's listeners are at once more sophisticated and more cynical than Swift's and don't need the bluntness of Swift's satire beating them over the head to get his points..
Making the satire less heavy-handed would shorten the book and update the language.
I haven't read the book but I imagine it would certainly be as good.
I did listen to this in one sitting!
This book was much funnier than I thought it would be! David Hyde Pierce was very good. This was definitely worth the download and listen.
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.
Everything after the title.
David Hyde Pierce did a good job. It was the story that stunk.
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.
The voice of Gulliver, who so often misses what's going on.
I thought Pierce capture than deluded, arrogant, horse-worshipping Gulliver at the end of the book perfectly.
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.
Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.
The narrator. David Hyde Pierce tells a crazy story in a most believable fashion.
It's a funny outsiders view of the foibles of our own societies. Few books can pull this off in fiction.
Sorry, this is the first I've listened to.
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.
It's a classic story and David Hyde Pierce tells it masterfully.
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!
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.
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