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Brave New World | [Aldous Huxley]

Brave New World

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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    Peter Kennewick, WA, United States 04-09-12
    Peter Kennewick, WA, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic -- Well done"
    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    Mr. York's characterization


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The archaeic man


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

    Excellent characterization


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Becoming too close to reality today


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should have read this book!

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    Carole Dixon 04-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Old classic not as engaging as I hoped"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, listening was well spent, but the book was not as engaging as I hoped it might be.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Aldous Huxley? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would listen to another book by Aldous Huxley because his writing provides a sense of history with its predictions about how he expected modern society to play out. It is interesting to see what he said actually came true and what we have eschewed.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I didn't much enjoy the narrator, but I am not convinced it would be read better by anyone else. The material is not that captivating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andre L. Gray Bronx, NY USA 04-09-12
    Andre L. Gray Bronx, NY USA 04-09-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Tedious but interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    The narrator


    What was most disappointing about Aldous Huxley???s story?

    It was a little long winded


    Which character ??? as performed by Michael York ??? was your favorite?

    Bernard


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

    No. It is too tedious to listen to all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very forward for it's time and it was very interesting how he flipped taboo behavior as normal morals. I love the visual scope of the book for it reminds me of Metropolis.

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    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 04-03-12
    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 04-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Nice Rendition of a Classic"

    I had not read this since highschool (Class of 75) and had forgottan so much. Glad to review it finally. They did a fine job with a great reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Madison WI, WI, United States 03-27-12
    Douglas Madison WI, WI, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2007
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    "The "Brave New World" is our world"

    This was a very good novel and the reading was well done.

    I found Huxley's thesis very interesting and even a little confusing from the standpoint of, well, wouldn't I want to be beautiful and happily stupid?

    But no. Not really.

    One of the classics of speculative fiction and definitely less oppressive than 1984.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Ulysses, KS, United States 03-12-12
    Deborah Ulysses, KS, United States 03-12-12
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    "Over all satisfied."
    What did you love best about Brave New World?

    Different from the rest


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist in the plot


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the truth is revealed about the D.H. C.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This movie is the 60's of the future. Sex and drugs in a dystopian society.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BB MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-12-12
    BB MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-12-12

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    "An Amazing Voice for an Amazing Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Brave New World to be better than the print version?

    Michael York adds wonderful inflections to the voices of the characters that I never could have done on my own. Being English, his pronunciation was probably as close to Huxley's own.


    What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

    The personalities and inflections he gave to all of the characters - even the female ones.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It definitely made me look at the world in a different way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 01-02-12
    Shannon 01-02-12
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    "Amazing Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This 1930 something book is so clearly the inspiration for parts of the Matrix, Gattica and Idiocracy it deserves to be in the credits. Really worth the listen!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johnathan Bend, Oregon 01-02-12
    Johnathan Bend, Oregon 01-02-12

    Loves his family and enjoys their company. Wants wild success for self and children.

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    "Thought provoking Story."

    Brave New World is an interesting and thought provoking story of an alternative future world where science becomes the new religion.

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    Ben 12-27-11
    Ben 12-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A decent presentation of a classic"
    Would you listen to Brave New World again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to the same performance of Brave New World again, but I was glad to listen to it once!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Almost.


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

    Yeah, if I had the time, I'd have liked to listen to the whole book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    York's performance was at times a bit too energetic, over-the-top in scenes I didn't think needed it, so that I felt like I was listening to a style directed more at younger listeners where I think a broader appeal might have served better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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