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)
Mr. York's characterization
The archaeic man
Becoming too close to reality today
Everyone should have read this book!
Yes, listening was well spent, but the book was not as engaging as I hoped it might be.
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.
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.
gee & unlay
It was a little long winded
No. It is too tedious to listen to all at once.
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.
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.
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.
Different from the rest
The twist in the plot
When the truth is revealed about the D.H. C.
This movie is the 60's of the future. Sex and drugs in a dystopian society.
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.
The personalities and inflections he gave to all of the characters - even the female ones.
It definitely made me look at the world in a different way.
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!
Loves his family and enjoys their company. Wants wild success for self and children.
Brave New World is an interesting and thought provoking story of an alternative future world where science becomes the new religion.
I wouldn't listen to the same performance of Brave New World again, but I was glad to listen to it once!
Yeah, if I had the time, I'd have liked to listen to the whole book in one sitting.
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.
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