Monday, March 16, 2015

Gullivers travels

By: Jonathan Swift

When starting  this audiobook I had no idea the book was written in 1726. This fact makes the book for way more interesting for me. I knew it was old but not that old. This was my first listening to a Vibrivox recording audiobook. It was not too bad. I have since started a few others and as most of us avid audiobook listeners know, a reader can really make or break an audiobook. In this case, the main character was a man, but the reader was a woman. This unsettled me throughout the listen, but I eventually got used to it.

So the book is basically about an odd fellow named Gulliver who prefers to spend more time exploring the seas than with his wife and kids, sailing and exploring for many years at a time. He stumbles upon all of the strangest lands imaginable. One place he is a giant and the next place he is the opposite. He ends up in one land where horses are intelligent and humans are wild and stupid. He takes a lover from the horse people and later despises his family.

This audiobook was enjoyable because it shows a lot of how our society then and now are so stuck on things that really don’t matter, or things like war and how evil we can be. I felt this audiobook was very comparable to the Lemony Snickets series of today. Kind of the same story remixed several times, yet still entertaining while on the work grind.

It was a good listen and a literary classic, put it on your “to-llsten-to” list. 

Run Time Apprx 11.5 hours.

★★★☆☆ 3/5 Stars

Genre: Satire, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction

Book to Movie Rating: A

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