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  • The Adventure Collection: Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Gulliver's Travels, White Fang, The Merry Adventures of Robin | Jonathan Swift,Jack London,Rudyard Kipling,Howard Pyle,Robert Louis Stevenson

    The Adventure Collection: Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Gulliver's Travels, White Fang, The Merry Adventures of Robin

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Michael Page, Buck Schirner
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    This set includes five tales of extraordinary heroism, marvelous intrigue, and exceptional courage that have inspired and amazed people for generations.

    Lynnette says: "Here are the Chapter Numbers for Each Book"
  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce | Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
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    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.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
  • Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    Shipwrecked and cast adrift, Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people whose height makes their quarrels over fashion and fame seem ridiculous. His subsequent encounters with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos give him further insight into human behavior. Presented through Swift's satiric hall of distorting mirrors, mankind is cast as diminished, magnified, and bestial - the composite of which is an uncompromising reflection of human nature.

  • Gulliver's Travels (AmazonClassics Edition) | Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    Lemuel Gulliver, English surgeon turned ship captain, embarks on four fantastic voyages, each a clash with strange beings and cultures - from the eccentric to the odious. Island by island, he meets the savage but tiny Lilliputians, the hideous Yahoos, a stable of talking horses, a race of decrepit immortals, and the ghosts of Julius Caesar and Homer.

  • Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By John Tatlock
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    Jonathan Swift's classic novel about the loveable Lemuel Gulliver is one that is taught in high schools around the country, and for good reason. Gulliver, who is a surgeon aboard a ship, thinks that he is about to embark on a run-of-the-mill voyage to different ports. Throughout his journey, however, there are a few events that take place that redirect his ship to unfamiliar islands. Not only are they unfamiliar to him, but they are inhabited by natives who are shaped and sized much differently than he is.

  • Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Thorn
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    Set and written in 1726, This is a marvelously imaginative tale of the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver. He finds himself shipwrecked and the prisoner of captors ranging in size from 6 inches tall to 60 feet tall and of various other persuasions. But this is just the beginning of a story written, strangely enough to satirize the foolishness and vices of modern men as they were perceived at the time. No one, young or old, can ever forget the Lilliputians and the Yahoos that starred in these wonderful and riveting stories of long ago.

    Ami says: "Excellent reading, some recording goofs"
  • A Modest Proposal | Jonathan Swift

    A Modest Proposal

    • UNABRIDGED (24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By John Gonzales
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    Jonathan Swift almost defines satire in his biting and brutal pamphlet in which he suggests that poor (Catholic) Irish families should fatten up their children and sell them to the rich (Protestant) land owners, thus solving the twin problems of starving children and poverty in one blow. When the "Proposal" was published in 1729, Swift was quickly attacked, and even accused of barbarity - the exact state the "Proposal" was written to expose.

  • Favorite Essays | Michel de Montaigne,Jonathan Swift,Thomas Carlyle,Joseph Addison,Samuel Johnson

    Favorite Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michel de Montaigne, Jonathan Swift, Thomas Carlyle, and others
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Here, in this unusual collection, are some of the greatest essays in Western literature. Witty, informative and imaginative, the topics vary from starvation in Ireland, fine China, the extension of railways in the Lake District, and the tombs in Westminster Abbey. A little like after-dinner monologues, they are passing thoughts expressed as journalism. Neville Jason reads with urbane clarity.

    Clair Sheehan says: "Place yourself in an 18th century brain"
  • Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By Jasper Britton
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    Lemuel Gulliver, a slightly staid ship’s doctor, relates the tales of his astonishing travels. He encounters the tiny, warring Lilliputians; the giant, sceptical Brobdingnagians; the ludicrously intellectual Laputans; and the idealistic – if rather stolid – Houyhnhnms and their bestial servants, the Yahoos. An immediate best-seller when it was first published in 1726, Gulliver’s Travels has remained a favourite ever since. It was an attack on the politics and society of Swift’s day, but it is also a polemical, inventive, surreal, vitriolic and wonderfully imaginative masterpiece....

    Mike says: "18th century satirical science fiction for adults"
  • Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Case
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    In Gulliver's Travels, the narrator represents himself as a reliable reporter of the fantastic adventures he has just experienced. But how far can we rely on a narrator who has been impersonated by someone else? The work purports to be a travel book, and describes the shipwrecked Gulliver's encounters with the inhabitants of four extraordinary places: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the country of the Houyhnhnms.

    Jane M. White says: "horrible"
  • Gulliver's Travels (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library | Jonathan Swift,Jennifer Bassett (adaptation)

    Gulliver's Travels (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift, Jennifer Bassett (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Ken Shanley
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    Soon I felt something alive moving along my leg and up my body to my face, and when I looked down, I saw a very small human being, only 15 centimetres tall . . . I was so surprised that I gave a great shout. ’But that is only the first of many surprises which Gulliver has on his travels. He visits a land of giants and a flying island, meets ghosts from the past and horses which talk. An Oxford Bookworms Library reader for learners of English, adapted from the Jonathan Swift original by Clare West.

  • A Modest Proposal and Other Essays | Jonathan Swift

    A Modest Proposal and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
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    "The chief end I propose to myself in all my labors is to vex the world rather than divert it," wrote Jonathan Swift in a letter to his friend Alexander Pope. Vexing works collected here are "A Modest Proposal," "Directions to Servants," "The Art of Political Lying," "A Digression Concerning the Critics," and "Sweetness and Light."

    Jaded Buddha says: "Very good reading; subpar audio quality"
  • 30 histoires indispensables pour devenir grand | Hans Christian Andersen,Charles Perrault,Jonathan Swift,Alphonse Daudet,Lewis Carroll

    30 histoires indispensables pour devenir grand

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, Jonathan Swift, and others
    • Narrated By Michel Galabru, Daniel Prévost, Anny Duperey, and others
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    Hans Christian Andersen, Les Contes des mille et une nuits, les frères Grimm, Jean de La Fontaine : autant d'auteurs d'exception dont les contes, fables et autres histoires ont captivé des générations d'enfants, petits et grands. Plus de 5 heures de pur bonheur durant lesquels vous redécouvrirez ces récits, tantôt populaires, tantôt moins connus, servis par une pléiade d'interprètes légendaires... Ouvrez toutes grandes vos oreilles et laissez-vous transporter !

  • Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By Hugh Laurie
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    A savage and hilarious satire, Gulliver's Travels sees Lemuel Gulliver shipwrecked and adrift, subject to bizarre and unnerving encounters with - among others - quarrelling Lilliputians, philosophising horses, and the brutish Yahoo tribe that change his view of humanity - and himself - forever. Swift's classic of 1726 portrays mankind in a distorted hall of mirrors as a diminished, magnified, and finally, bestial species, presenting us with a comical yet uncompromising reflection of ourselves.

    Emily says: "A characteristically British reading of a classic"
  • Gulliver's Travels: Retold for Younger Listeners | Jonathan Swift,Roy McMillan (adaptation)

    Gulliver's Travels: Retold for Younger Listeners

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift, Roy McMillan (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Benjamin Soames
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    Lemuel Gulliver sets out on a series of travels, but each time he finds himself shipwrecked in new and unfamiliar lands. And how unfamiliar! In Lilliput, everyone is tiny, and it takes thousands of them to capture him; in Brobdingnag, they’re huge and treat him as a sort of living toy; in Laputa, they live on a floating island inventing impossibly mad projects; and the Houyhnhnms are horses! But through all his adventures, Gulliver learns to see humans in a different way, too.

  • A Modest Proposal | Jonathan Swift

    A Modest Proposal

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Stifel
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    Wickedly narrated by David Stifel, and written in 1729, this satiric essay on how to solve Ireland's chronic poverty is perhaps more shocking today than when it was written. In the 1960s, when Peter O'Toole did a public reading of this piece in Dublin, he very nearly started a riot. Newspapers the following day lambasted O'Toole's "shocking bad taste." Whether shocking satire, or Monty-Pythonesque surrealism, this essay has continually managed to offend people for well over 3 centuries. Enjoy! (and Thank You!)

    Val says: "Mankind crazy thoughts of years ago"
  • Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By Lizzie Driver
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    "Gulliver's Travels" (1726, amended 1735), officially "Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World", is a novel by Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travellers' tales" literary sub-genre. It is widely considered Swift's magnum opus and is his most celebrated work, as well as one of the indisputable classics of English literature.

  • Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Gulliver's Travels is renowned as a playful and comic children's classic. The book itself, rather than the bowdlerized versions that have been derived from it, is a savage, rude and brilliant satire, timeless in its appeal and unerringly accurate.

  • Celtic Poets | Jonathan Swift,Oscar Wilde, more

    Celtic Poets

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, more
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    Selected by Keith Winston, these are beautiful narrations of the best verse of the Celtic poets. Included are works by a Jonathan Swift, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats.

    melody333 says: "Celtic Poets (Unabridged)"
  • Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By Rashid Raza
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    Gulliver enjoys traveling, although it is this love of travel that is his downfall. His adventure sets off in Lilliput, when after a shipwreck, he wakes up, finding himself a prisoner of a race of people one twelfth the size of normal human beings. However, his adventure among the small people does not last long, when he has to escape the city as he is charged with treason.

    davids mom says: "RETOLD"
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