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)
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For many students Brave New World is confusing and filled with language they aren't familiar with which leads to them being incapable of actually seeing the entire storyline. The audio book solves these problems, particularly when used along with the ebook in the Kindle for phones app which allows you to have the audio playing while highlighting each word of the text as it is read.
The story itself is very thought providing and as scary as it might seem, I think that what Huxley wrote of may be the most effective method for a caste society to exist.
It was a bit difficult start off with but once I got in I couldn't keep from listening.
The part of the story where Benard, John, Helmholts, and mustav amon where speaking about philosophy was the most memorable. But the ending was the sadest and most importantly where you feel all the pain John was holding in. A very powerful message about forced peace and the good in the bad. A most terribly awesome piece of literary morality questioning work.
There's nothing in this narrative that hasn't been done better by another author. While it was probably very imaginative at the time it was written, today it is disappointing and boring. If dystopia is what you seek, try Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. She makes a far more compelling and plausible story about bioengineering. If science fiction is what you seek, try the robot series by Asimov. But I can't recommend this novel because it offers neither a compelling cerebral experience, nor adventure. The first few chapters and the very end are the only worthwhile segments.
This is one of my all time favorite stories. "Nigel" from Austin Powers reads this. While I enjoyed him in Logan's run, his reading wasn't that good. He would make Scottish accents for most characters??
I mean, I guess I get the underlying message, but the narrative was all over the place. It was difficult, at least for me, to find my true protagonist(s), or even a sympathetic character. For some reason, the story just had me not caring about these characters.
And although I feel like a super open minded person, especially with literature, I still felt pretty appalled and uncomfortable--squirming in my seat--every time I read anything about children and "erotic play classes." **shudder** like, come ON Aldous!! Too far man!
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Using Shakespeare as a counterpoint to the story this book brings up interesting points about the pursuit of happiness and doing away with aggravations such as disease, old age and even relatives. I found that without the trials and tribulations of life, life becomes meaningless and if you think about it, that is what we are all trying to do. Security, youth, financially comfortably off etc, if we get it then we trade off passion, explorations, growth. A good book that Michael York does an excellent job narrating however the Cornwall accents etc are a little non-futuristic for my liking.
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