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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

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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    Marla 04-16-15
    Marla 04-16-15 Member Since 2011
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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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    Heather 04-10-15
    Heather 04-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A good listen!"

    As a n ew mom I've been listening to many audiobooks to pass time while nursing! Loved this book! A+

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    waelse1 charlotte, nc USA 04-07-15
    waelse1 charlotte, nc USA 04-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent entertainment"

    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.

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    Jhirst Central California 01-27-15
    Jhirst Central California 01-27-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A Classic I Won't Finish"

    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.

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    S. Crutchfield 10-25-14

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    "Hilarious Satire; Outstanding Narration!"
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    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.

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    pg United States 09-21-14
    pg United States 09-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't age well"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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..


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Making the satire less heavy-handed would shorten the book and update the language.


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

    Gulliver


    Do you think Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


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    Eleanor 09-18-14
    Eleanor 09-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Didn't realize how funny this would be!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book but I imagine it would certainly be as good.


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

    I did listen to this in one sitting!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Dave 09-17-14
    Dave 09-17-14
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    "Swift must have been on durgs when writing this."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Swift again?

    NO !


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

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    Everything after the title.


    Any additional comments?

    David Hyde Pierce did a good job. It was the story that stunk.

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    Brian Abel Ragen St. Louis, MO USA 09-04-14
    Brian Abel Ragen St. Louis, MO USA 09-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A Gulliver for Grown-Ups"
    What did you love best about Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voice of Gulliver, who so often misses what's going on.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought Pierce capture than deluded, arrogant, horse-worshipping Gulliver at the end of the book perfectly.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    David PASADENA, CA, United States 08-31-14
    David PASADENA, CA, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2010

    Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.

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    "Good story, great storyteller"
    What did you love best about Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    The narrator. David Hyde Pierce tells a crazy story in a most believable fashion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a funny outsiders view of the foibles of our own societies. Few books can pull this off in fiction.


    Have you listened to any of David Hyde Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sorry, this is the first I've listened to.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a classic story and David Hyde Pierce tells it masterfully.

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