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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (80,892 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Swift Narrator: Hugh Laurie Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents Jonathan Swift's inventive classic, Gulliver's Travels, adapted for listening and now available as a digital audiobook as part of the Penguin English Library series. This abridged version is read by Hugh Laurie, star of the hit TV series House.

Fifteen hundred of the Emperor's largest horses, each about four inches and an half high, were employed to draw me towards the Metropolis, which, as I said, was half a Mile distant.

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.

The Penguin English Library contains 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War. Part of a collection of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives, the Penguin English Library series offers affordable, collectable, quality productions that are perfect for on-the-go listening.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 2/11/2014

    " It was OK, but I missed a lot of the symbolism in the names Swift used as I did not live in the 1800s... yet... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 2/8/2014

    " I read the first 2 sections of Gulliver's Travels. While I liked Jonathan Swift's writing and the anecdotes were funny, I felt like I was missing some of the political undertones. It would be nice to read this book with a class or book club to make sure I am understanding all of the political messages it contained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ensiform | 12/28/2013

    " This is a very sharp piece of satire, most of Swift's observations of the human condition remaining true over 250 years later. The section on the Houyhnhnms is laying it on a bit thick in places, or at least I like to think so. Still, Swift's remarks on the corruptness of governments and the evils of colonialism and so forth, all topped off with the worst sin of all, pride, really hit the spot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/27/2013

    " So far, I now realize why Jack Black was the perfect person to play Gulliver. I know there must be some point to this book and at some point I may actually get it. As of this moment, I just think this book is really lame. I am determined to finish it so that I may be enlighened. At this point I am just wondering if Swift was on crack cocaine when he wrote this book, LSD, heroine, or some sort of opiate available at that time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neena | 12/25/2013

    " I shall not trouble the reader with a review. But this I leave to the reader's imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tam | 12/10/2013

    " A hilarious satire as relevant today as ever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Kelley | 11/21/2013

    " It made me wonder if horses are not quite what they seem in our reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 11/3/2013

    " Read this book after getting into an argument with a friend over who has read the most classics (she won). I know this book is supposed to be a great satirical novel but most of that probably over my head. I just found it kind of cute and occasionally quite burning to 18th century England. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 littlemiao | 10/15/2013

    " A delightfully depressing excursion in misanthropy. No one does anthropological critique quite as well as Jonathan Swift. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Siby | 8/23/2013

    " A little boring..maybe I should have read when I was younger... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nerak | 6/14/2013

    " Enjoying this much more than I thought I would. Listening to installments via "Just the Books" with Heather Ordover (former English teacher - good commentary) via Librivox. Well done, thorough discussion. Swift was a genius (long-winded, but brilliant). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Cartwright | 1/11/2013

    " Went on and on. Kind of bizarre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seine Ham | 11/23/2012

    " I believe this was one of the first classics I have read; very entertaining and a happy-fun book, but in the end, the author states some of his deep opinions about humans, and how we are no better than any other race of animals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Burch | 10/13/2012

    " From a bi-polar schizo POV,...we love it! Big people/little people,...sane/insane,....pure cuckoo! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Geri | 9/3/2012

    " I am not even going to pressure myself with finishing this book. It's just not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheena Matylda | 6/28/2012

    " good read from when i was a little girl. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) was an Anglo-Irish priest, author, journalist, political pamphleteer, and poet. He is primarily known as a prose satirist for such works as “A Modest Proposal.” The dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral from 1713, he was considered Dublin’s foremost citizen.

About the Narrator

Hugh Laurie is a prolific English actor, comedian, writer, musician, and director. He first became known as one half of the Fry and Laurie double act, along with his comedic partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster for more than a decade. His eight-year performance as the protagonist Dr. Gregory House in House earned him two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and six Emmy nominations.