While this is a very admirable book, the voice of the author is dreadful. The book should be done again in a voice with a more natural flow and some enthusiasm. This flat tone coming from the author of a book who's story he should know, almost puts one to sleep. We could not listen to it after 10 minutes. I got the book for my grandchildren to listen to thinking they would enjoy it as I had enjoyed reading the book.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
WE'RE ENGLISH, THE ENGLISH ARE BETTET AT EVERYTHING
You should have read this in high school, if not I order you to read it now. If you have not read it since high school, read it again. This could be considered a horror, mostly for it's accuracy of what, would most likely happen. There are some intense scary times towards the end.
HE'S CALLED PIGGY
In preschool, kids notice difference in skin color and they notice handicaps, but they don't judge. By elementary school they have learned who to hate and who to feel superior too. In the 60's I remember a girl in my fourth grade class who was constantly put down, because she wore metal braces on her legs. I would like to think things have change since then, but just a few years back, I made friends with a guy at the gym. He often had to use a walker and one of his legs was bent inwards. I never asked him what was wrong and he never said. He was in his mid twenties. One day he was telling me about a guy who threatened to beat him up, because he was handicapped. The guy told him he hated people who were handicapped and they did not deserve to live. In this story Piggy, who has no name, while everyone else does, is constantly treated like a stupid no body. Piggy is overweight.
I love Golding's introduction on why he wrote the book and his after words on what you should get out of it. A lot of people had trouble with his narration. He is not a polished narrator and normally I prefer polished, but I thought his reading fit into the whole theme of the book. It is about boys, not a reading of Shakespeare.
I used to work as a wildland firefighter. The way their society degrades mirrors fire camp as the tour reaches twenty-plus days. I think everyone who has worked in a "high testosterone" occupation will see parallels between this book and their work environment. I think it actually applies to a lot more situations ? it was just obvious from my perspective. I could even match the characters in the book to the characters I have worked with. Anyway, I recommend this book to everyone.
I have been realizing throughout my adult life how much my local library was missing. I have Audible now to fix that.
The author should not have read this book, his voice is monotone, making the story sometimes hard to follow. Other than that, the story was good though it is definitely a younger leaders book. There's good reason for it being a classic.
I enjoyed this book because it made me think about society and it's flaws. Golding's commentary before and after the book gave great insights as well.
This book is not for everyone. If you want a book that's going to make you question things and think a little deeper this is definitely one you should try. But if you just want a fun "fluff," kind of story then I wouldn't suggest this book. There are moments where it gets rather dark. However I loved it. And those of you who enjoy to think a little deeper will love it too.
I gave it the rating for the simple fact that it kept me involved the whole time and kept my mind working. I really loved it.
The author performs the book. Of course he's not a professional reader like you'd normally find here, but I always love when a author performs his or her own work.
A good idea to have Mr. Golding read his book, but in the end authors are not necessarily voice actors. I felt that Mr. Golding did not bring the passion and horror that is needed to really bring this story to life. Very shocking plot movements, read by an (very obviously) old man in monotone English voice made for an almost comical juxtaposition, one that took away from the story.
Although the 5 minutes or so commentary by the author were interesting, I recommend having this read by someone else.
I did this book with 6 16-17 year old boys and it was a huge book for them. So worth it to revisit as an adult. Very timely. Creepy, harsh and gritty. Only down side was lots of sexual references which I had forgotten.