A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I really enjoyed this book, although it is not for everyone. Written in 1931, it is amazing to me how much of this sci fi novel has come to fruition. Not so much in the technical sense, although some of that is true, but in the philosophical sense of ideas and questions that may have been close to non-existant at the time, but now they are very pertinent--human cloning other reproductive assistance, social conforming, etc. Fascinating.
Never really got into the story. I think I would have liked this more if I actually read it instead of listening to it. It was a little hard to follow the narration.
False pleasure, Gluttony, Monotony
I really connected with this book because I see it happening in our society today. People are starting to lose themselves and society is becoming a cog. Soon there will be no individuality. This is a great way to look into the future of what the world will become; that is if we can even make it that far.
Say something about yourself!
Lower list but essential. It is a must "sometime"
I started the paper version of the book atleast five times. The hatchery part always killing my buzz for whatever reason. The audio brought me through, and it was well worth the time.
Yes, its a classic and can be appreciated as such, along with consideration of its 1932 publication date, and the author's foresight for his time. It must have been nightmarish once, to the previous generation. There is, however, nothing new for the modern reader. We've seen, read, or experienced it all, on one or more levels. In general, I found it too tedious and rather old.
I like Michael York's voice and a British accent is always refreshing, but the ponderous, funereal pace had me Up the speed to the hilt, in order to get to the end as quickly as possible.
Enjoyable? Nah. But it was one of those books I thought I "ought" to read. I'm busy overcoming that early conditioning. I got my Litt. degrees long ago, and its time to get over it and read fun, enjoyable books. Life is short and books are many :-)
I know this is a classic, but honestly the rationale behind how the characters got to where they were socially and psychologically just didn't make sense to me. I couldn't buy into the world created by Huxley. This is the first negative review I have given on audible, and I am not the least bit deterred from finding my next book. Some books just don't click when you listen to them.
No, I honestly got very annoyed with York. His voices just didn't sound right I guess.
The narrator is driving me crazy!
1. The tempo he chose is sloooow and drawn out. Drives me crazy. It's like listening to a 45 record played back at 33-1/3 speed. For those who never had the pleasure of vinyl records and a turntable, figure the narrator is about 30% slower than he needs to be.
2. The book has a lot of back and forth between men and women as well as the internal thoughts of the characters (male & female). Imagine one narrator trying to convincingly pull this off. Well he doesn't - it doesn't work. Reminds me of fingernails on a chalkboard.
In order to make this audio book more palatable, I've increased the playback speed on my mp3 player. Not the best solution but at least I'll get thru the book a lot faster. What this audio book needed was a female to handle the female voices.
I would listen to the book again if I had to. I actually got the book for a school assignment and I didn't want to read it so I got it on audible. Its a good book but its very descriptive, if you can get passed that the book really isn't that long and is very interesting...
The director showing the student how babies weren't conceived and that 96 babies (twins) were born from 1 egg to be put to work in factories.
Yes but his accent is annoying after a while...
Good luck to all students who have to read and write about this for school :)
I had heard of this book but had never read it. I could not stop listening to this story. I would eat leave the table and back to listening.
The ending was depressing and a bit melodramatic.
My husband got this because he never read it in school and wanted to find out what it was all about. I hate it. Its boring. And its sad. And everything just seems so shallow. Its a lot of talking when the Twilight zone series covered it quit well. It was a interesting idea that was given a boring plot that more or less had to do with the interesting idea. But it just felt like filler. 80% of the book feels like filler