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Brave New World | [Aldous Huxley]

Brave New World

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

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Publisher's Summary

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

©1932 Aldous Huxley; ©1998 BBC Audiobooks America; (P)2003 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"British actor Michael York's refined and dramatic reading captures both the tone and the spirit of Huxley's masterpiece." (AudioFile)

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    Mike 09-05-12
    Mike 09-05-12
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    "Great story."

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. The narrator was pretty good, consistent. That's about all I have to say without either repeating the description or spoiling it for someone who has not read this before.

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    Adam 09-01-12
    Adam 09-01-12
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    "Dystopian classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    Michael York did an amazing job with his narration. Each character has a distinct voice and their personalities come through not just by what they say, but how York has them say it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brave New World?

    The descriptions of social conditioning. It reminded me a lot of current politics and how talking points and other key phrases are often used to produce predictable reactions with voters


    Which character – as performed by Michael York – was your favorite?

    Hard to pick just one. I think I'd have to pick several of the various administrative characters in the novel. York gives them all an appropriate voice that punctuates their smug attitudes


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Dont want to be too specific for anyone who hasn't read or listened to the book yet. I'll just say there is a part near the end where the character John upsets some factory workers that I found to be poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Brave New World is a great story and is read beautifully by Michael York. It paints an extreme picture of a dystopian future that in some subtle ways parallels political and societal problems that exist even 80 years after it was written.

    The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is that like many old novels, some of the commentary that was relevant to the 1930s does not always apply to a modern audience. In a addition, Huxley liked to use a lot of flowery language and imagery which is great in small to medium doses but can sometimes drag on and often becomes repetitive. There were a few points where I was tempted to skip ahead a few seconds to get the story moving again.

    Overall, I highly recommend this audio-book

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    Danielle Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-29-12
    Danielle Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Disturbing story, well read"

    In a "Big Brother" type of scenario, this book makes me fearful that we're headed in this direction. I think that means it's effective. :)

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    Lance MADISONVILLE, KY, United States 08-18-12
    Lance MADISONVILLE, KY, United States 08-18-12
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    "A Thought-Provoking Classic"

    When you start reading this book you know who the villains are. Clearly the oppressors are in the wrong. By the end of the book, your opinion may change. Huxley has created fascinating characters. Is this what we would be like with just a little more propaganda and training? Is oppression even wrong if it produces an remarkably stable and happy society? Is happiness evil? I loved this book and I suspect you will as well.

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    NobluesFDT Denver, CO 08-10-12
    NobluesFDT Denver, CO 08-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Probably good in the 1930s not so much today"
    What disappointed you about Brave New World?

    The pace,the idiocy of the characters, the premise of the book, and the ending.


    What was most disappointing about Aldous Huxley’s story?

    It would have made since if one group didn't understand the other, but for some one exposed to both groups not to understand ANYONE it makes no since .


    What three words best describe Michael York’s voice?

    out dated version of creativity


    What character would you cut from Brave New World?

    i hated them all, but they all had some ridiculous purpose.


    Any additional comments?

    This would have been a great book in the 1930s, when bigotry was common and made since to people. But in modern times people may not be the most open minded but the characters in this book display a level of close mindedness that is baffulling. This IS NOT a book who's quality has with stood the test of time.

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    Andrew San Diego, CA, United States 07-20-12
    Andrew San Diego, CA, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A Classic Which Never Really Grows Old"

    Given the high-dollar talent which went into this production, I was hoping for a high-value return. And, by and large, I got what I hoped for.

    While some of Mr. York's character voicings are awkward, by and large he gives his performance like a seasoned professional. Volume and pacing are excellent, and the intonations are appropriate.

    As regards the story, it is what it is -- a classic. It is in many ways as relevant today as it ever has been.

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    Joseph 07-02-12
    Joseph 07-02-12

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    "Way ahead of his time."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's an interesting story, both in the mystery at hand to be solved and at how well Huxley describes the everyday things of the future. We can easy visualize what Huxley refers to because we now have many similar technologies... but how was it even conceivable to a person in 1931 is what is truly remarkable. He describes on more than on occasion touch screens, or touch activation switches, even wall murals that change.


    Have you listened to any of Michael York’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael York came up with several different and distinctive voices for the various characters, and effortlessly switches between them. We can virtually SEE the conversations as though watching a movie.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I looked forward to when I could find time to listen to this book, either while at the gym, or when I had reason to take on a long drive to a nearby city. Even rush hour traffic is not only made better but almost looked forward to so that I had more time to listen to my audio book.


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    Toinette Chesapeake, VA, United States 06-30-12
    Toinette Chesapeake, VA, United States 06-30-12

    I write, I read, I cook, I watch movies...I'm a big kid.

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    "To the point"

    This story is intense and scary, but it's not a horror story. This story describes a future I hope never happens. Well worth a read, but too much for me.

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    Heather Mauro Colorado Springs, CO 06-04-12
    Heather Mauro Colorado Springs, CO 06-04-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Slow and steady..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I picked this book because it was one of those "must listens". But, it just starts out kind of slow and didn't hold my interest the way I'd hoped. I am going to try to give it another chance.

    I will say this....the book is very "visual". I felt a lot of the time like I was "there". That's what kept me going to the end.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    tricky tricky!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No spoilers


    Do you think Brave New World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    how can this be answered if you can't talk about the ending or scenes?!?!?!?


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    Maggie 06-01-12
    Maggie 06-01-12
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    "Still holds up decades later"

    And the performance is excellent. This book provided food for thought when written, and when I first read it, and today.

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