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Brave New World Audiobook

Brave New World [Audiobook]

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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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    smoody 03-13-15
    smoody 03-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Satire"

    Interesting comparison to our modern world. Strange and compelling how accurate the 'future' was portrayed given that it was written in 1932. A classic for a reason.

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    Quint Elmore 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A shockingly accurate prediction of the world"

    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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    Moonlight Reader USA 03-09-15
    Moonlight Reader USA 03-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I love this book"

    I have always loved this book and it was great for listening to when walking home. The narrator needed to speed up his pace just a little bit but that could be fixed by speeding up the pace via the audible program. There was great dramatization in the narrators voice.

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    Frankie 03-05-15
    Frankie 03-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The future is bright and ignorance is bliss"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. My friends and I we would converse over this exact topic often. This story provides a "well what if..." perspective.


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

    How the women were just nonchalant objects. There was no connection when it came to sex. It was ....different.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When "the confession" occurs (sorry I don't want to spoil it)


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

    Needed some breaks, but it was good through and through.


    Any additional comments?

    This would have been better with a different narrator. All I could keep thinking about was York talking to me from the set of Austin Powers. Very distracting.

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    Jacqueline 02-27-15
    Jacqueline 02-27-15
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    "Love the book!"

    Had to read this for a class and I totally enjoyed it! It was riveting and I loved it! Such a good book!
    Read it'

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    Peter 02-26-15
    Peter 02-26-15 Listener Since 2008
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    "Brave New World"

    How much is modern life like the dystopia Aldous Huxley envisioned so long ago? All pleasure, no pain, no humanity.

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    Alma Rios 02-13-15
    Alma Rios 02-13-15
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    "Not my kind of book"

    It was hard to follow and the narrator made me sleepy, interesting concept though would have probably been better off reading it myself

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    Michael Evanston 02-10-15
    Michael Evanston 02-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Future fantasies now are possible"

    With in vitro fertilization and genetic manipulation, one can easily see the world imagined in this book as a technological possibility. Add cultish fanaticism and government devoted to the service of profit, and Brave New World's warning is even more urgent today than when it was written. This book will make you think...and worry.

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    Sara 02-09-15
    Sara 02-09-15
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    "Disappointed"

    A thinly veiled allegory regarding communism and social control. A little too bizarre and unrealistic for my taste. Didn't enjoy the various accents and inflections employed by the narrator (variations on British and Irish)

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    TDH 02-08-15
    TDH 02-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Crazy Good & Just Crazy"

    Great story, narration is mediocre, but the quick plot and engaging philosophical issues make for a great listen. Love the classics.

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