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)
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.
Yes. ...To both.
Expected as I had listened to an radio performance of it some years ago.
Pleasing voice, well trained, and with just the right amount of flare to give the story a little extra something.
"...needs...", no. As Mr Huxley passed away in 1963, it would be a little difficult anyway.
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.
Animal Farm, etc
Michael York was competent, but over acted at times.
Reinforced my concerns with Liberalism.
Try another narrator.
Classic, insightful, thought-provoking
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
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.
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.
By audiobooks standards this is a short book. The applicability of the story to today's media driven world is frightening at times.
Far better than 1984 IMHO.
Most educated adults have encountered this book at some point during their education. It is well worth another look.
Michael York's brilliant narration.
His ability to perform using several voices and emotions.
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.
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.
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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