Trade Ed. Audible, Inc. 2010
DD ISBN $24.95
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. 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. D.M.W. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2011]
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