The recording is good and the pace is leisurely. The author reads this book and he has an English accent. I think that his accent and narration is perfect for the setting of the story. Even though he doesn't do characterizations (different voices), I was able to get into the characters. The symbolism of the story is what truly makes this book a classic. As a bonus, the author comments on his writing at the end. I recommend this book.
This is a great book, and this is the perfect audiobook for it.
It's actually read by the author, which is pretty awesome. And it's really nice, because the author refuses to do voices and stuff, which usually ruins an audiobook for me. :)
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.
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.
As noted, author not great reader. Doesn't change voices for different characters, so hard to tell who's saying what at times.
The greatest idea since the printing press
I read this story as a child and loved it then. It was riveting and disturbing at the same time. Mr Golding created a great story of the differences we face in our world of diversity. Good intentions turned ugly by man's own lust for power. The cruelty of life can be seen on a school playground or a deserted island. By understanding the conflict the author portrays to us, we better understand ourselves. Complex beings prone to external influences in a cruel universe, but always enlightened to a sense of reality.
I vaguely remember seeing the movie and after hearing the reference in another book, I thought I would give it a listen. I figured that the author would provide insight into the book that other narrators couldn't provide, but I wasn't impressed with him. His voice got old after a while.
This is one of my all time favorites! The illustrated struggle between man and himself is personified by the beasts in nature and the beast within his own soul! I home school my gifted son (11) and I am so glad that I chose this book for his in-class reading. I know that I don't have to mention the convenience of listening to a book, but the ability to follow along to the voice of the author is a special treat! Further, William Golding has a knack for reading his story almost as well as it is written!