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
"British actor Michael York's refined and dramatic reading captures both the tone and the spirit of Huxley's masterpiece." (AudioFile)
Michael York puts on a stellar performance of a true dystopian classic! His ability to effortlessly and convincingly transition from character to character make this an audible purchase worth every penny.
it's not until the end of this bookwhen you really begin to understand and start to question societies purpose as a whole. the story overall isn't one to keep you on the edge of your seat but the world in which it takes place is a dark look at utopian literature.
Few other stories have sparked as much introspection for me as this one. From cover to cover it makes one question morality and the basis of human happiness. The struggle in every chapter to determine which character is right and which is wrong makes for a complete reimagining of your own morals. A must read for everyone.
Having heard so much about this book I was genuinely impressed by Huxley's vision for a distant future. Michael York's voice is perfect for narrating, he made the story very easy to listen to.
This is an interesting listen especially for those who are aware how much control the consumer driven society maintains. A very thought provoking story.
I really enjoyed the words used, and all the indoctrinating rhyming quotes. The illusion of not teaching by distraction. Whenever feelings got involved, soma was taken, and didn't allow them to think critically.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
There was a time when the situation described in this book would have inspired universal horror in its readers. Yet nowadays many people seem to be yearning for a lot of the things described in this dystopian society. Maybe they should read the book and reconsider what they really want.
Huxley did a great job extrapolating from his own times what the ultimate end of contemporary trends would be. It would be nice to think we have steered clear of what he warned us about, but I dare say we have stayed more or less on course to become what he describes.
Traditional families and their values have completely disintegrated in this new world. It is a statist paradise, and it's hard to see how the new world order can be brought down. Thankfully, it's equally hard to see how the old world order could be so completely superseded.
This is the second book I've listened to read by Michael York. There will not be a third. York does OK with a lot of the dialog. He tends to read the prose in between in kind of a singsong voice that is very annoying. One gets the impression he thinks everything he reads is being read to a kindergarten class. When he gets dramatic, he gets REALLY dramatic. It is frankly a little surprising coming from a movie actor known for giving relatively flat, unexpressive performances.
While I read this, I replaced "sleep conditioning" with "Televised entertainment and marketing" and it is incredible to see how accurate Huxley's vision is. The hook up culture, paired with licit medications and illicit drugs we have prevalent in modern civilization is a terrifying reality. Nearly a century ago, Huxley authored this work as almost a horror story of what the future could look like for the generations to come. Such an insightful book! An essential read!
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