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)
My husband got this because he never read it in school and wanted to find out what it was all about. I hate it. Its boring. And its sad. And everything just seems so shallow. Its a lot of talking when the Twilight zone series covered it quit well. It was a interesting idea that was given a boring plot that more or less had to do with the interesting idea. But it just felt like filler. 80% of the book feels like filler
Book: No comment. It is a classic.
Reader: I have listen to a number of Mr. York's works. He has great range and it was enlightening versus a straight read of the book.
Brave New World is an almost prophetic glimpse into what is now our present and what will likely be our future. I am still awe-struck by how accurate Huxley's interpretation of a possible future has become.
1984 by George Orwell is almost the cliche story to compare with Brave New World. With BNW - you have the story of a possible future that was written before the start of WWII. Huxley's vision of the world had not been tainted by the rise of fascism in Europe while Orwell wrote 1984 after the war's conclusion. In comparison, I believe them to be startling examples of what COULD happen to our society given the right set of circumstances. It's also fair to throw in We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. His book feels less polished than the others but as this is the earliest of the three novels there are themes and ideas that both Orwell and Huxley too to very different conclusions.I would call these three books the Unholy Trinity of dystopian fiction.
Yes. Great storyline, thought provoking.
Helmholtz. He is smart, rational, and passionate about writing.
The final scene where the alphas continue to hassle the savage.
The story is amazing and would have been every bit as interesting in an audio format as it is on paper had it not been for the surprisingly unappealing performance of Michael York. I have a version of Dox Quixote he read years ago and it was terrific. This time around I found his characterizations so distracting I could hardly concentrate. Luckily this book is one I had already read a few times--I didn't feel as guilty about not finishing the audio book.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~Aristotle
Michael York's narration was brilliant. If you have ever read the book make this a "must listen".
I would listen to this again. It is a pageturner, as well as a story that makes you consider what kind of world you want to live in.
Better? No, but York vocal interpretation gave me food for thought, since I read it differently in my head, way back when.
Ummm . . .
His interpretation, as evidenced through his inflection and tone.
Plot-wise, not really.
I could listen to Michael York for days on end.
Wow... just finished listening to this book, penned over 75yrs ago, and am amazed to think how little the desires of men have changed, nor what we are willing to give up to obtain said desires. In the journey for happiness, stability and pleasure, what would you be willing to give up?
Science? It delivers us new possibilities, solutions to existing problems and the tools with which we can redesign our world and our place in it. But with this ability is destabilises societies between the haves and the have nots. It bends and breaks the ability of those enforcing and defining the process of our socialisation.
High art? It enables radical redefinition of our views of this world. The creativity seeks to push the boundaries of our preconceived notions, while opening us up to the potential and promise of imagined futures. With these promises, can we continue to be happy with what we have, or will will be willing to throw it all away for the promise of something better?
Religion? With faith people are giving an inner power of self belief. Their position is solidified within their society, and their approach on life becomes justified thanks to their connection to the historical links within their religion. And yet, divisive beliefs set upon the foundations of faith result in immovable forces constantly clashing, with all views seeking domination, validation, and acceptance. From these basic desires comes some of the ugliest destruction of humanity and simultaneously, the most beautiful creations of high art.
So in this journey of life where happiness, stability and pleasure is what we seek, perhaps we should hope that we never find it. Instead, let us enjoy the roller coaster that life brings with all the colour, light and shade of the experiences we gain. Let us laugh and cry, dream and discover, destroy and create.
While we may never truly obtain happiness, stability nor pleasure, the whispers of them we do find will make life worthwhile, and the journey worth pursuing...
Looks like it is time for me to get another coffee... :-)
A lot of older science fiction starts to feel anachronistic after a while due to the advances in technology that an author is unable to predict at the time of writing. 'Brave New World' still has a futuristic tone that doesn't feel cliche and still feels like a haunting possibility for our culture if we're not careful.
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