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.
long commute=audible reading time
Somehow, I had never read this in school. I was so glad I added it to my "classics" review.
The story about the tension between society and the individual, what is happiness and freedom, and the proper boundaries of technology are timeless.
It's a good foil to the Ayn Rand liberalism that focuses more on the individual without boundaries.
I have never read this book, but was aware of it as a classic of science fiction and of English literature. It is an amazing work, especially considering the context (1932!). My previous education in political theory, philosophy and interwar history made me appreciate BNW on many different levels. I would have loved to study this book in a classroom environment. I feel like there is so much more in there. Thus, I am off to look for reviews and analyses to help me process the book.
A word about how I read this. I started with the audio version as narrated by Michael York. First of all, what a pick for a narrator! I mean, Logan's Run! And he does a brilliant performance. Unfortunately, I think the structure of sections in the book do not lend themselves to the audio format. So I got the eBook to read as well. I bounced between both.
This story still holds up very well. Very interesting to think about what you would trade for happiness and stability.
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
The narration was great and the story is fresh even today. It's a great and thought-provoking story which, I believe, demands reflection upon today's easy living and entitlement mentality.
It was a well spun tale - but it made me reflect on society and the future of humanity.
I'm not sure - except a much nicer reading voice :) His narration was great - I was very pleased.
There are definitely parts of the story that were difficult emotionally - not a lot of laughs.
A classic, well read!
This reading of Huxley's classic is itself classic. It deserves a second or third listen.
The realization that our society could evolve into one similar to this dysfunctional society ..the Solidarity Service, the cloning, the sexualization of children.....
York was well able to modify his voice to distinguish the characters clearly.
The best part of experiencing this book was listening to Michael York's performance of it. He really just became the storyteller - he would kinda change his voice for the different characters and made the book even more interesting
I was disturbed by the very constructed society and the lack of imagination and originality of the people that inhabited this book. I would hope that if they tried to get rid of books and movies that had meaning, there would be more of an outcry. This book made me think about how easily our society could slip into someone's version of a 'utopia'.
Yes, given the right mood I would.
Bernard Marx since he appeared to be very conflicted with his life and was attempting to make sense of things.
He did a great job with voices and personalities. There are a lot of different characters in this book and he managed to make each one sound unique and recognizeable.
The conversation at the end of the book between Mond and the savage where they were talking about how they gave up all of the things that many people today would claim make them who they are (culture, religion, love, high art) in order to make society stable made me realize just how much we take such things for granted.
This book was much easier to understand by having it read due to a lot of made up sci-fi language. That and Michael York really was awesome.
Mr. York's characterization
The archaeic man
Becoming too close to reality today
Everyone should have read this book!