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)
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!
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.
Yes. My friends and I we would converse over this exact topic often. This story provides a "well what if..." perspective.
How the women were just nonchalant objects. There was no connection when it came to sex. It was ....different.
When "the confession" occurs (sorry I don't want to spoil it)
Needed some breaks, but it was good through and through.
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.
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.
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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