This has to be the worst audio experience I've ever encountered. Golding's writings need no introduction. Superb. His narrating skills however are simply deplorable. He actually seems bored at times while he finishes a page. "Piggy......Piggy...Come here........Piggy!"
Save your money...And save your kids the torture of listening to this audio book. Shame a wonderful story like this is ruined by the authors inability to narrate. I'm very surprised that his publishing company and/or his publicist allowed this to go on sale. I'm asking for a refund as I simply could not finish. I'd rather listen to nails on a chalk board!
I had to read this for my English class over summer break and while I don't like reading especially over vacation I decided to get the audiobook. The performance of the narrator really captured the emotions of the characters. This is a very well written book that everybody should read. The message of a lawless society being bound to fail is great.
Perhaps one of the best delights in audible is when they manage to get audiobooks from the actual author. I love hearing this version from Golding, because this book is so raw already that when it comes from his mouth it creates life. He also adds brief but meaningful insight, adding a deeper volume to the text.
As for the book itself, it defines lawlessness in about 6 1/2 hours.
It's always interesting to have the author read the story but there are better story readers out there.
Classic book and the insights by Golding at the beginning and end make it worth the purchase.
New at audible....amazed by the possibilities to increase a lot the quantity of book I can touch!
i really enjoy this book ans the story on it. ubfortunately the performance of the writer reading was not as good as the book.
Lord of the Flies was written in 1952. Unfortunately it just doesn't hold up. The story, while intriguing, falls apart by the writers endless long-winded polysyllabic verbiage. Instead of using a few appropriate adjectives, he just goes on and on, and on, and on. In his attempt to sound sesquipedalian, he falls short of keeping the story flowing. And in so doing, the jest of the story, is bogged down, and sinks. The story, the book, may be a "classic" but so was Canterbury Tales. Would you want to listen to it? Probably not.
No, the "story" is a good one, but 60 years is a long time. I can't really recommend it to anyone now.
Take the story, rewrite it from a modern perspective.
I am a middle school teacher! I like mostly young adult books.
I enjoyed this quite well and think it would be great for my Civics class to read when we are looking at the need for laws/government!!
I think this book could have benefited by having a professional do the performance. The author's accent is not too bad but in many parts of story it lacks passion.