I really enjoyed the words used, and all the indoctrinating rhyming quotes. The illusion of not teaching by distraction. Whenever feelings got involved, soma was taken, and didn't allow them to think critically.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
There was a time when the situation described in this book would have inspired universal horror in its readers. Yet nowadays many people seem to be yearning for a lot of the things described in this dystopian society. Maybe they should read the book and reconsider what they really want.
Huxley did a great job extrapolating from his own times what the ultimate end of contemporary trends would be. It would be nice to think we have steered clear of what he warned us about, but I dare say we have stayed more or less on course to become what he describes.
Traditional families and their values have completely disintegrated in this new world. It is a statist paradise, and it's hard to see how the new world order can be brought down. Thankfully, it's equally hard to see how the old world order could be so completely superseded.
This is the second book I've listened to read by Michael York. There will not be a third. York does OK with a lot of the dialog. He tends to read the prose in between in kind of a singsong voice that is very annoying. One gets the impression he thinks everything he reads is being read to a kindergarten class. When he gets dramatic, he gets REALLY dramatic. It is frankly a little surprising coming from a movie actor known for giving relatively flat, unexpressive performances.
While I read this, I replaced "sleep conditioning" with "Televised entertainment and marketing" and it is incredible to see how accurate Huxley's vision is. The hook up culture, paired with licit medications and illicit drugs we have prevalent in modern civilization is a terrifying reality. Nearly a century ago, Huxley authored this work as almost a horror story of what the future could look like for the generations to come. Such an insightful book! An essential read!
I have always loved this book and it was great for listening to when walking home. The narrator needed to speed up his pace just a little bit but that could be fixed by speeding up the pace via the audible program. There was great dramatization in the narrators voice.
Yes. My friends and I we would converse over this exact topic often. This story provides a "well what if..." perspective.
How the women were just nonchalant objects. There was no connection when it came to sex. It was ....different.
When "the confession" occurs (sorry I don't want to spoil it)
Needed some breaks, but it was good through and through.
This would have been better with a different narrator. All I could keep thinking about was York talking to me from the set of Austin Powers. Very distracting.
With in vitro fertilization and genetic manipulation, one can easily see the world imagined in this book as a technological possibility. Add cultish fanaticism and government devoted to the service of profit, and Brave New World's warning is even more urgent today than when it was written. This book will make you think...and worry.