When you start reading this book you know who the villains are. Clearly the oppressors are in the wrong. By the end of the book, your opinion may change. Huxley has created fascinating characters. Is this what we would be like with just a little more propaganda and training? Is oppression even wrong if it produces an remarkably stable and happy society? Is happiness evil? I loved this book and I suspect you will as well.
The pace,the idiocy of the characters, the premise of the book, and the ending.
It would have made since if one group didn't understand the other, but for some one exposed to both groups not to understand ANYONE it makes no since .
out dated version of creativity
i hated them all, but they all had some ridiculous purpose.
This would have been a great book in the 1930s, when bigotry was common and made since to people. But in modern times people may not be the most open minded but the characters in this book display a level of close mindedness that is baffulling. This IS NOT a book who's quality has with stood the test of time.
Given the high-dollar talent which went into this production, I was hoping for a high-value return. And, by and large, I got what I hoped for.
While some of Mr. York's character voicings are awkward, by and large he gives his performance like a seasoned professional. Volume and pacing are excellent, and the intonations are appropriate.
As regards the story, it is what it is -- a classic. It is in many ways as relevant today as it ever has been.
It's an interesting story, both in the mystery at hand to be solved and at how well Huxley describes the everyday things of the future. We can easy visualize what Huxley refers to because we now have many similar technologies... but how was it even conceivable to a person in 1931 is what is truly remarkable. He describes on more than on occasion touch screens, or touch activation switches, even wall murals that change.
Michael York came up with several different and distinctive voices for the various characters, and effortlessly switches between them. We can virtually SEE the conversations as though watching a movie.
I looked forward to when I could find time to listen to this book, either while at the gym, or when I had reason to take on a long drive to a nearby city. Even rush hour traffic is not only made better but almost looked forward to so that I had more time to listen to my audio book.
I write, I read, I cook, I watch movies...I'm a big kid.
This story is intense and scary, but it's not a horror story. This story describes a future I hope never happens. Well worth a read, but too much for me.
I picked this book because it was one of those "must listens". But, it just starts out kind of slow and didn't hold my interest the way I'd hoped. I am going to try to give it another chance.
I will say this....the book is very "visual". I felt a lot of the time like I was "there". That's what kept me going to the end.
how can this be answered if you can't talk about the ending or scenes?!?!?!?
It's hard to believe that this book was written in the 1920's. it could easily have been written today.
Dystopia, Government-Control, and Creepy
Reading Brave New World in 2012 was very interesting. Huxley was clearly ahead of his time. The vacation drug and pre-birth genetic altering were a little too close to the reality of our 21st century; thus the "creepy" rating above. The sexual bits are a little too much for a middle school audience, in my opinion, but high schoolers would be fine and would probably be amazed at how modern this tale feels among the dystopian fiction being written right now for the YA audience.
I don't think so. Thought he was perfect for this book. Takes the reader a bit out of the every-day and on a journey into the science fiction world the characters inhabit.
If done like The Fifth Element--slightly corny and irreverent.
Classic sci-fi...I think what I liked the best was the peek into what others in the past thought the future would be like..and how darn good they were at guessing!
I read the book--that's mostly what I can say. It was good enough to give it three stars, but not nearly as good as, say, 1984 or animal farm.
If you like retro sci fi, it's worth a listen.
otherwise, I was disappointed...I think because it did not seem to be as great of an adventure as I am used to.