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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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    Karen L. 02-20-16
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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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    luket 12-09-15
    luket 12-09-15 Member Since 2016
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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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    Joe 11-10-15
    Joe 11-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely delightful -- and wicked!"
    Would you listen to Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce again? Why?

    This audio book is so good I'll listen to it many more times -- it requires too to get all the satire.


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

    Just to hear the pronunciation of Houyhnhnms and their words was very funny.


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

    The voyage to the land of the Houyhnhnms -- where the Yahoos live -- was great. Of course this section is the most wicked satire on humans I have ever encountered in literature.


    Any additional comments?

    This is easily one of the greatest audio books EVER!!

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    Luc 10-25-15
    Luc 10-25-15

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    "Brilliant Storyline & Unforgettable Performance"

    David Hyde Pierce delivers the best reading of any audio book on Earth.
    The realistic story of Gulliver's Travels documents the heroic journey of England's most accomplished explorer. Jonathon Swift achieves one of the greatest works in European history with a lightness and humor so grand, it will keep you engaged and laughing during the full experience.

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    Jeff Wheelock 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect casting of David Hyde Pierce for the narrator of this classic!"

    What a book!!! David Hyde Pierce was a perfect choice as the narrator! I thoroughly enjoyed this audible book!

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    Jennifer 08-27-15
    Jennifer 08-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "FUN!"
    Which character – as performed by David Hyde Pierce – was your favorite?

    David Hyde Pierce's take on the Houyhnhnms (horse-like creatures that can communicate) made the whole listen worthwhile. I literally laughed out loud. I could easily go back and listen to that chapter again.


    Any additional comments?

    If you need a kid-friendly listen, this is a good pick. Even if you don't, you'll still enjoy it!

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    Amazon Customer 07-04-15
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    "Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift"

    Ten stars for David Hyde Pierce for his audible performance!!
    Definitely worth listening to! Bravo!

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    Samantha 06-04-15
    Samantha 06-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Must read"

    A classic view of socio-political viewpoints. Swifts views will always be relevant to any civilized society as swift captures the best and worst effects of the human condition as related to problems in society.

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    Jaime E. Richardson Colorado Springs, CO USA 05-14-15
    Jaime E. Richardson Colorado Springs, CO USA 05-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I could listen to David Hyde Pierce all day."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not British, so I am not an authority on this, but David's accent sounds spot on to me. His reading never gets tiring, his intonation is varied and beautiful, and his inflection is just right. I listened in 1.5x, and easily heard everything. It was ten hours and I could listen to him for ten hours more.

    As for the story, it's a classic, and has been around nearly 300 years, so of course it gets five stars. That said, listening to it (while doing housework and yard work) was definitely easier than sitting down to read it. I would also say that since this book is a travel log, with many long descriptions, not all of which are extremely scintillating, it is a better book for listening to while doing chores than while riding in the car.


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

    Gulliver's Travels was written prior to when English literature did a lot of dialog, so he only had to vary his voice once or twice when a character was speaking. However, he does read a rather long-winded description of nautical maneuvers which he reads quickly, deftly, and quite comically. At the end of it, I thought, Well Done!!


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

    10 hours is a long sitting. :) Like I said in my main comment, this isn't really a road trip book; it's more of a mow-the-lawn book.


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    Marla 04-16-15
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    "Interesting story"

    Worth reading. Good narrator. trying to get through all the classic books. This is one of the better ones.

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