The book is a classic that should be read by everyone in my opinion just so they can read the warnings. I have read the book at least 15 times and after listening to the audio book the performance of the narrator and some of nuances are really brought to the surface. The box of rats, always chilling, came to life while listening to this. If there is any one book at read, this should be it!
In my opinion this book is very overrated. Very slow, sometimes boring, in many parts and not nearly as interesting a read as I was expecting it to be.
I think it's a great book if you are into interesting (unique) plot lines. The narrator is phenomenal. He captures the tone of the book well and has distinguishable voices for each character.
As an English teacher who somehow never read this book, it seemed like an obligation to do so. Part two was the only engaging and enjoyable section that I would consider worth going back to more than once. The first part and third parts took too long, and by the end I was ready for what I (and the main character) knew had been coming since early on in the book.
Simon Prebbel was the redeeming factor that helped me get through this book. Had I read it on paper, I would have given up with the first few chapters, but Prebbel's narration was compelling and engaging. Overall, I respect this book as a look into the darkness that humanity is capable of achieving, and see it for an example of the importance of independent though, but I hope that I never have to teach this book to students. I can find far more compelling texts to get the ideas of utopia and dystopia across.