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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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    Jonathan R. Rodgers 03-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "must listen"

    a superb performance of a masterful story. an unmissable tale for students of the mind.

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    arlo hopkins 03-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read"

    The truth is hard to hear. In this day and age it's a must read.

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    mehlovich 02-25-16
    mehlovich 02-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrific book and narration!"

    girlfriend and friends suggest this book, got it on audio. great decision this is an incredible book about a dystopian society, but also mirrors some of things in our own societies today.

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    Ray Banks 02-11-16
    Ray Banks 02-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it"

    by Ford the voice is wonderful and makes the book all the more entertaining than the words themselves.

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    TayciBear 01-19-16
    TayciBear 01-19-16
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    "Great dystopian novel"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really did enjoy listening to this book. My only issue is that his speaking was sometimes too low to understand. I listen while I drive and the outside noises would be louder than his speaking. Besides that I loved it.


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    David 01-16-16
    David 01-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Narration!"

    A great book already, but brilliantly narrated, which made it a pleasure to listen to. All the subtle nuances and inflections of the characterisations were present, especially Mustapha Mond - you almost felt yourself sat there in front of him while he was speaking. Can't recommend highly enough.

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    Jesus Prado 01-07-16
    Jesus Prado 01-07-16
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    "Great book about the problems with Utopia"

    I really enjoyed this book! the narrator was great despite a few difficulties making a believable female voice. he was very consistent and caught the mood of each moment well!

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    basia Be 12-30-15
    basia Be 12-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Stop comparing it to1984......"
    Any additional comments?

    .....it is not 1984. In my opinion it is way way better. Written by a scientist, it sticks together, it moves your soul, and ultimately I fear is about to come true. Remember, written in 1920s. Scary. I cannot get enough of it.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 10-13-15
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 10-13-15 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "We're All Savages"
    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    I eventually enjoyed Michael York. At first I felt he was a bit over the top but once things settled in I thought he did a good job. There are elements in this book that are sardonic, and he expressed it perfectly.


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

    The final scene was somewhat unexpected and brought the entire story together.


    What does Michael York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a good job, but the star here is Huxley. To think this book was written in the 1930's is incredible. Most of the ideas resonate today. However a reading of the book within the context of the controversy surrounding behaviorism and emerging social structures of that that era will really make you thin about the state of our society in 2015. Most of us read this in highs school, but as a adult it had more meaning than it did when I first read it. York does a good job and in the end he captures the tone perfectly.


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

    It is a short book, but I rarely listen in one sitting, it ever. Doesn't diminish the power of the story however.


    Any additional comments?

    One credit for a 6 hour book might seem expensive, but it was a well spent credit for me. Very well done.

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    BullBoxerInc.99 10-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Life is nothing without suffering"

    Brave new world, has to be the most "ahead of its time" book I have ever read. Written in 1932, Huxley shockingly captured a very frightening possible future in this wonderful book. Full of shock and philosophy this is a great read. The performance my Michael York was wonderful as well. Highly recommended.

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  • George
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    8/6/11
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    "Marred by narration"

    Great book, no doubting that, but I'm half way through and had to break to come on here and say I can't STAND Michael York's narration. Really after 20 audiobooks or more from Audible this is the first time it's happened, and it's particularly surprising given he's such a well known actor, but absolutely every moment of his performance is over-egged. It's Jackonory story-telling, subtle as a brick and prone to spasms of indulgent and frankly frightening wailing and crying. And the accents, entirely his contribution from what I gather, are atrocious. I'm probably in the minority given other reviews here, but give the sample a go and try before you buy, that's my advice!

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Cross Stitcher
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    "Sublime"

    I have never posted a review before, as I have never felt strongly enough, in either direction, to want to make a public comment on something - until now. It is more years than I care to remember since I last read Brave New World, and what a delight to listen to Michael York as the narrator. For anyone who thinks that they 'ought to' read this book, then this is the perfect way to do it; and anyone who wants to revisit this timeless classic, then you are in for a sublime 8 hours. If only all audio books were of this standard.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
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    "Imaginative, But Flawed!"

    Set sometime in the distant future (A.F. 632 which may translate to around 2540 A.D. according to some calculations), in an advanced dystopian world; this was at times a fascinating but challenging listen. However, I could not help feeling somewhat disappointed by the end as I did not find it to be the classic that it was alleged to be.

    Often compared to Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four", but very different in terms of the worlds both authors so carefully constructed, I found Huxley’s style of writing at times to be overly verbose and difficult to follow. It also made me wonder at times how far he was trying to exhibit his own philosophical beliefs at the expense of the plot and overall story.

    I found nearly all the characters unlikeable. Naturally, the only ones I truly sympathised with were John and Linda. No doubt this was deliberate on Huxley's part, as to an outsider looking into this so called "civilised world" where people had been conditioned to show no real lasting unity to one another, you could only feel appalled at their self-centredness. John the Savage (as he was unfairly referred to), represented our world and programming, and his reaction to the likes of Lenina and some of the lower caste members and their behaviour was at times desperate, but understood.

    When you take a step back and take it all in, the world Huxley created here is truly frightening, but nonetheless captivating.

    Finally, I found Michael York's narration rather strange and somewhat irritating at times. Some of his choice of accents for the characters were quite bizarre and not well thought out (Bernard's and John's especially), and kind of took some of the gloss off of this work.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    3/11/09
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    "Excellent"

    Bleak and excellent. An interesting thought experiment. As opposed to Orwell's "1984", in which a totalitarian government rules by fear and brutality, the Brave New World leaders remain in power by enslaving their population to unbounded, self-indulgent pleasures. All humanity is lost when grief, pain and suffering are eradicated, and the book cleverly introduces a 'savage' from an 'old world' reserve who understands the loss that the new world has undergone. Despite it's cautionary tone (that seems to be more relevant in this day and age than when it was written) I couldn't help feeling I could do with just a little bit of unbounded, self-indulgent pleasure. Huxley would turn in his grave!! Clear sound and excellently narrated.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    southampton, hampshire, United Kingdom
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    "Interesing characters and ideas of the future."

    Michael York makes listening to this book very easy.

    The story portays a world where human engineering has advanced so far that children are grown in test tubes rather than born naturally. Distinct classes of people are manufactured in the test tube. Love and partnerships no longer exist as everyone belongs to everyone else. Subliminal teachings repeat the mantras of the new world order, ensuring stability and conformity. Drugs are freely available to wash away any hardship or stress. Gone are the writings of Shakespeare and all references to God.

    But there are a few that are not content with the way of the world and look for answers to their feelings of emptiness.

    The story follows these characters through their journey of self realisation and weakness, exploring the state's reaction to their outspoken views.

    I really enjoyed the story and considering its age was impressed by the forward thinking.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    kings lynn, norfolk, United Kingdom
    4/23/08
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    "Better than a gram of soma...."

    Superb. An absolute classic! This thought provoking tale of social engineering is made even more accessible by the masterly narration of Micheal York. Sheer auditory pleasure!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Antony Harris
    London, UK
    4/26/16
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    "Great ideas, pulpy plot, hammy performance"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The performance and the plot.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Fix the clunky dialogue and sketchy characters.


    What didn’t you like about Michael York’s performance?

    Hammy delivery. Wobbly regional accents randomly distributed. For example, Pueblo Indians that sound like they come from Bristol, my luvverr.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yeah probably, just to see how they do it.


    Any additional comments?

    Seek out an alternative version.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Penny
    BlackpoolUnited Kingdom
    7/19/10
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    "Memories"

    I first read this book 25 years ago at school. Time (or my age) has made this book even better! Well read by Michael York. If you like George Orwell's 1984, you'll love this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    10/15/12
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    "Parody not prophecy."

    This novel has to be read with the writer's historical context kept firmly in mind to appreciate its absolute genius. It's a parody - and a very funny one - of all the utopias being prescribed and promised by the political theories that are sweeping the world in that very strange period that was the 1930s. Capitalism was being battered - due to the Great Depression - and Socialism, Communism and Fascism were vying for dominance of people's hearts and minds; each declaring they had the keys to human happiness. And, alongside this, the science of eugenics seemed to be justifying the European dominance of its empires as well as the right of the upper-classes to rule the lower. So throw into this already very heady mix the hedonism of the Roaring Twenties, and the still very fresh memories of the Great War, and Alduous Huxley is writing in an extremely volatile time. So what does he do? He takes the piss out of everybody.

    We follow the petty proto-revolutionary bureaucrat Bernard Marx (what a great name: George Bernard Shaw/Karl Marx) in his pathetic and ultimately futile quest for respect and importance in the genetically 'stable' utopia that has been manufactured. It's a very uncomfortable read at times - the erotic play of the toddlers comes to mind - and brutal too - the death clinics, and the descriptions of the Savages' reservations - but Huxley's point is to show that no matter what the grand Social Theories promise, they won't be able to take into account each individual's little weaknesses and lusts and ambitions; humans can't be put into little boxes and expected to be happy. The Shakespeare quoting savage John isn't happy in the reservation nor in the Brave New World; the stunted Bernard won't ever find acceptance from his peers, and Lenina ("Wonderful girl; splendidly pneumatic.") will never be able to understand her taste for something 'different'. Huxley isn't being prophetic, he's being parodic in Brave New World and he's having a lot of fun too. 5 stars

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • William Hayes
    Ireland
    9/2/15
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    "what an amazing book!"

    I simply could not believe that a book as prescient as this was written in 1931 / 1932. This gets to the heart of so much that is wrong in our own era and reads like a creepy but amazing prophecy speaking into all the problems of our age.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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