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Brave New World Audiobook

Brave New World [Audiobook]

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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    MJ Hollywood, MD, United States 03-17-14
    MJ Hollywood, MD, United States 03-17-14

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    "WOW!"
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    I had never read this in high school in the '70s, but if I had, I probably would have thought that was an interesting science fiction story. I got this on one of Audible's sales and really had no idea what the story was about. From the very beginning I was hooked. It's definitely kind of creepy that Huxley wrote about this new world in the 1930’s and it’s not such a far-fetched idea anymore 80 some years later.

    Michael York did an excellent job in narration. Will be looking for my books narrated by him.

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    D. W. Potter 03-03-14

    I read, therefore I am.

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    "Finally Got Around to it."
    Would you try another book from Aldous Huxley and/or Michael York?

    Yes. ...To both.


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

    Expected as I had listened to an radio performance of it some years ago.


    What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

    Pleasing voice, well trained, and with just the right amount of flare to give the story a little extra something.


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

    "...needs...", no. As Mr Huxley passed away in 1963, it would be a little difficult anyway.


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    John United States 02-27-14
    John United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Precient"
    What did you like best about Brave New World? What did you like least?

    The concepts and premise were shocking when first written, Too much has already come true to be considered shocking, except that it is eye opening that Huxley was able to foresee so much.


    What other book might you compare Brave New World to and why?

    Animal Farm, etc


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Michael York was competent, but over acted at times.


    Did Brave New World inspire you to do anything?

    Reinforced my concerns with Liberalism.


    Any additional comments?

    Try another narrator.

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    Jennifer 02-10-14
    Jennifer 02-10-14
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    "A classic"
    If you could sum up Brave New World in three words, what would they be?

    Classic, insightful, thought-provoking


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this because I thought it was something I ought to read. I was pleasantly surprised. Not quite what I expected, but interesting to compare the vision of Aldous Huxley from 80 years ago with the world of 2014

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    Kerry LYNNWOOD, WA, United States 01-05-14
    Kerry LYNNWOOD, WA, United States 01-05-14

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    "Painful."

    I feel terrible writing this, but the narrator was painful to listen to. I wanted to listen to Brave New World as a refresher, since I haven't read it since school. I thought the audio book was a perfect way to do that... but the narrator was terrible. His reading voice is fine, nearly pleasant, but the voices he makes for his characters are uncomfortable at best. Honestly, the best way I can describe it is when Andy from The Office does his awful Cockney impersonation and it goes terribly, terribly wrong from there.

    Mr. York, if you ever read this (which I doubt you will), I'm sorry for being so brutal. Please accept my apologies.

    The book itself is great. It's an awesome dystopian scenario, cautioning against losing respect for individual human lives and human rights. Loved the book. I'm returning the Audible version.

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    Jaroslaw Poland 12-26-13
    Jaroslaw Poland 12-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A book of rare depth"

    Incredibly deep and so up-to-date with current developments in the modern world that one simply cannot believe it has been written 75 years ago. For me, every intelligent person should read this one as a tool to reflect on the shape of modern society.

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    D. R. King 12-21-13
    D. R. King 12-21-13 Member Since 2012

    Complex realist

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    "Thought provoking and frighteningly prophetic."
    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    By audiobooks standards this is a short book. The applicability of the story to today's media driven world is frightening at times.


    What other book might you compare Brave New World to and why?

    Far better than 1984 IMHO.


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    Robert Kirkwood, MO, United States 12-20-13
    Robert Kirkwood, MO, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Michael York is a genius"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most educated adults have encountered this book at some point during their education. It is well worth another look.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Michael York's brilliant narration.


    What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

    His ability to perform using several voices and emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read some highly disparaging remarks about Mr. York's narration in other reviews on this site. I recommend that you make up your own mind. I found his narration spellbinding.

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    John P. 12-08-13
    John P. 12-08-13
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    "I expected a little more"

    I expected a little more from a book that I'd heard of forever and just now got around to listening. I was interested from about the 2nd chapter, but it lost my interest in the last 2 chapters. I wanted the characters to learn more about themselves to change history or make a huge impact, but they didn't.

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    FrequentFlyer 11-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed."

    I have to say that I am surprised by the number of people that liked Michael York's narration. I gave up at Chapter 4 - and I have never given up on an Audible book so far and not stuck with the recording to the end. I just couldn't do it. His narration was so overly theatrical to me that it became distracting to the story.

    I think this is one of those books that might benefit from reading and listening at the same time. Maybe. Or maybe I will just stick to the classic print edition.

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