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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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"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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    Calliope 11-11-13
    Calliope 11-11-13
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    "Satire? Farce? Vitriol?"

    I'd always heard that Gulliver's Travels was one of the great satiric works of English literature, but if that's the case, I don't really understand the word. I had always thought satire was a gentle, humourous, and sometimes even affectionate skewering of the status quo, but this book is actually often rather angry and ham-fisted. Then again, sometimes it is humourous to the point of almost being farcical. Either way, it's not the children's book that some might be expecting.

    Regardless of whether I'd call it satire, I did enjoy it - and I'm glad I listened to it rather than read it, as I think some of the language would have made it a very difficult read. It's a classic for many reasons, and it is referenced time and time again in popular culture, in whole or in part. Many know the basics of the 4 travel stories that make up this book - one to a land of miniature people, one to a land of gigantic people, one to a land led by a floating city with emphasis on math and music, and one to a land of rationality and reason presided over by equines, not humans. Mostly, I believed they allowed Swift an opportunity to lampoon all the parts of his society that he wished to insult, but in a more acceptable manner than shouting it out on street corners.

    David Hyde Pierce did a wonderful job, not only in making some of the imaginary language understandable rather than distracting, but also in making the events seem more plausible than they otherwise might be in print and in making the sometimes long and drawn-out descriptions more palatable. Sadly, it took a while before I stopped thinking of Niles Crane narrating a story with his brother as the protagonist, but that fault is solely my own and not a problem with his narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sunflowers 11-22-12
    Sunflowers 11-22-12 Member Since 2013

    cat lover

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    "Great performance, dull book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I had listened to a chapter a day this would perhaps have made a better listening experience.


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Swift’s story?

    The pace of this book is very slow. This is more of a satire of his time than the adventure I have seen in the movies.


    What does David Hyde Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Without David Hyde Pierce's performance this book would be unlistenable. He brings the story to life.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only redeeming quality is David Hyde Pierce's performance. Just listening to his performance is enjoyable, if only I could tune out the book...


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Sooooooo boring"

    David Hyde Pierce was great but this book was just the most boring thing I've ever listened to. Why is this book so famous? I'm pretty sure the only reason people read it is because it's so well known. It was not worth the time or money spent

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    MadisonW 05-02-17
    MadisonW 05-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Needs a modern update"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Updated language, If the bible can be written in ebonics, I should think we could update this book to something a little more modern.


    What could Jonathan Swift have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't think he could do much, since he has been dead for a few hundred years...


    What does David Hyde Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I will say that despite not really enjoying the book, the performance was not bad.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Performance wasn't bad


    Any additional comments?

    The overall canter of this book, its old style language, it was just kind of boring and hard to follow. Didn't keep me interested, and sometimes down-right put me to sleep. Didn't finish it.

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    elite chicken 04-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So that was what the movie was supposed to be!"

    First off, the narration was superb! The story was well written but a bit odder than I expected. oh well, I have now finally "read" the book that I saw the movie on all those years ago.

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    Tee 04-18-17
    Tee 04-18-17 Member Since 2014

    Listener of music in words as I roll along, either in the car, or on the subway, or on my exercise bike.

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    "There are travel tales and there are travel tales"

    I find the stories quite enjoyable at the start, with the discovery of Lilliput. It got more predictable with the second tale, then increasingly got quite bizarre and less thought-through.

    By the last tale, it got quite insufferable. Gulliver was so taken with the noble Houyhnhnms, which was fine... but his allegations about the baseness of human were just too exaggerated and way off. I don't mean that human beings are noble - far from it - but to generalize all as worthless and stinky (even his own family) seems too damning.

    I enjoyed David Hyde Pierce's reading. His pronunciation of "Houyhnhnm" is simply hilarious, as are his take on the other sounds of the horses.

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    ziva renan 04-15-17
    ziva renan 04-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Imaginative and timely"

    Some things never change. Wonderful satire and the performance made the language style understandable and enjoyable

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    Rachel 04-09-17
    Rachel 04-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved the Narrator but Hated the Story"

    I'll be honest and say i bought this book for David Hyde Pierce. I love his voice! That being said I really struggled to finish this book as I did not like the story as much as I hoped I would. It amazes me that a man who was a surgeon (smart person around that era) would continue to go on adventures where he was repeatedly held captive by people very different than the one he knows in England. I'm sorry to say but I'll be returning this book even though I loved Mr. Pierce's voice. hopefully he'll narrate other things.

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    Amazon Customer JK 04-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic"

    Very enjoyable and ought to be heard /read by more adults. The stories are fantastic for any age, but many people don't realize the humorous references to government, politics and "society" in general. Very clever and I think unexpected.
    David Hyde Pierce was the Perfect choice to narrate this classic. His tone and ease with complicated vocabulary made listening to this book a pleasure. I don't think that I had appreciated how clear his voice is and the range of emotion he seems to so easily convey. I am very impressed with his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Bigbee Albuquerque NM 03-27-17
    Amy Bigbee Albuquerque NM 03-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "ok, I get it"

    now I know went this is a classic: great story, wonderfully written. throw in the satire about British rule like the cherry on top. Reader is especially good.

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