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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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    S Wells 10-14-12
    S Wells 10-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    ""Listen" to a classic? Of course!"

    Must admit, I grabbed this one: 1) because for some reason I'd never read it in high school or college and thought I "should," and 2) the classics were a two-for-one sale. But, I was skeptical about listening to a classic. Is that even allowed? Is it appropriate? Should it be done?! Well, duh! Of course. Excellent decision on my part!

    So the story? Wonderfully entertaining, of course. Also, creepily pertinent to today's world of "take a pill" to cure what ails you and the potential for science and good intentions to run amok.

    The narrator? He was fabulous! I loved, loved, LOVED his characters. He did a stuffy British bureaucrat so well, it had me laughing. He was what a good narrator should be -- he didn't interfere, he just disappeared into the story.

    I recommend this classic, and anything else by this narrator.

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    Graham Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-01-12
    Graham Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-01-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Better after a second thought"

    When I first listened to this reading of A Brave New World -- not having read it in 20 or 30 years -- I was actually very disappointed. Later, I stumbled upon some comparisons of ABNW and 1984 and was confused a bit by the possibility that some people consider the former the "better" book. So, I tried again and I realized that it was totally the preformance of the book that put me off. The narration of this edition comes across as too much Monty Python for my tastes and I wanted a darker more ominous delivery.

    I don't think there is anything necessarily wrong with the narration, many reviewers have raves for Michael York. It just isn't what I imagine in my own mind and it bothered me and threw me off for most of the book. So I came away thinking ABNW was a really bad book but it isn't, it is a great book, just delivered here with, to my mind, a grating style.

    The interesting take away for me is understanding the impact a narrator has on the quality and feel of a book, kind of obvious really. The difference for me is that the quality of the narration is good but it just does't suit the book -- if that makes sense. Maybe I'm just a dummy for having to listen to 800 books before realizing that :D

    Still, I highly recommend this wonderful book with its "interesting" choice of narration.

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    LEN Merrimac, Australia 09-30-12
    LEN Merrimac, Australia 09-30-12
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    "TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Brave New World to be better than the print version?

    There is always a freedom for me in reading and conjuring even the accent given to certain phrases that will make the reading of a print version of any book a slightly more enjoyable experience than a spoken or audio edition; that being said, Michael York is a more than capable actor and narrator and effectively brings the characters to life... well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John the savage strikes me as the one truly honest person in the story, and his innocence betrays him in the midst of the altered reality of the other main characters and society of the BNW


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

    Bernard Marx - Michael York shows his fragilities very well I felt


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

    It certainly has that page turner feel... yes!


    Any additional comments?

    A Brave New World has the haunting feeling of an all-too-possible scenario; frightening in the insistent prospect of how convincingly a new order might be propagated on an entire social set or populace; yet refreshing in the sense of the likelihood that a John Savage will also emerge no matter what... so all is not completely doomed. Enjoy...

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    Margaret Fey Vallejo, CA USA 09-30-12
    Margaret Fey Vallejo, CA USA 09-30-12
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    "Love it! Brilliant story, brilliant reader."
    What did you love best about Brave New World?

    Everything


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very clever story. Huxley's depth of knowledge of religion, philosophy and society provides a great foundation for his dystopian tale, where happiness has become more important than individuality and self-determination. Funny and sarcastic while being appallingly prescient. I've read it twice in print and it gets better (as I understand it better) each time.


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

    All of them. He does an excellent job of giving each character his or her own voice. His professionalism as an actor shines.


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

    It is a bit long for that. I did it in about three sessions. It is dense enough that you might want to digest for a bit after a couple of hours before you 'read' more.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this book!

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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 09-24-12
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great reading of this classic tale"

    It's hard to believe it's been well over half a century since this book was first published. It's important to read and understand. This should be a cautionary tale about those who want to control us. I see parallels in modern advertising to much of this book. It's well read and very enjoyable.

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    dean Metairie, La, United States 09-10-12
    dean Metairie, La, United States 09-10-12
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    "A thought provoking book to say the least ."
    Where does Brave New World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first audiobook and a very good one at that .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The arguments of the savage against a society without love , passion , and the revelations that come to ourselves from the hardships we endure are good reminders of why indiviualality is a virtue to pusue , keep and hold on to .


    Have you listened to any of Michael York’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not yet , but very satisfied .


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The remorse , disgust , and anger the savage felt after the death of his mother towards himself and a society that cannot understand and appreciate the ups and downs of life .


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    Mike 09-05-12
    Mike 09-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story."

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. The narrator was pretty good, consistent. That's about all I have to say without either repeating the description or spoiling it for someone who has not read this before.

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    Adam 09-01-12
    Adam 09-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dystopian classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    Michael York did an amazing job with his narration. Each character has a distinct voice and their personalities come through not just by what they say, but how York has them say it.


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

    The descriptions of social conditioning. It reminded me a lot of current politics and how talking points and other key phrases are often used to produce predictable reactions with voters


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

    Hard to pick just one. I think I'd have to pick several of the various administrative characters in the novel. York gives them all an appropriate voice that punctuates their smug attitudes


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Dont want to be too specific for anyone who hasn't read or listened to the book yet. I'll just say there is a part near the end where the character John upsets some factory workers that I found to be poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Brave New World is a great story and is read beautifully by Michael York. It paints an extreme picture of a dystopian future that in some subtle ways parallels political and societal problems that exist even 80 years after it was written.

    The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is that like many old novels, some of the commentary that was relevant to the 1930s does not always apply to a modern audience. In a addition, Huxley liked to use a lot of flowery language and imagery which is great in small to medium doses but can sometimes drag on and often becomes repetitive. There were a few points where I was tempted to skip ahead a few seconds to get the story moving again.

    Overall, I highly recommend this audio-book

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    Danielle Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-29-12
    Danielle Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Disturbing story, well read"

    In a "Big Brother" type of scenario, this book makes me fearful that we're headed in this direction. I think that means it's effective. :)

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    Lance MADISONVILLE, KY, United States 08-18-12
    Lance MADISONVILLE, KY, United States 08-18-12
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    "A Thought-Provoking Classic"

    When you start reading this book you know who the villains are. Clearly the oppressors are in the wrong. By the end of the book, your opinion may change. Huxley has created fascinating characters. Is this what we would be like with just a little more propaganda and training? Is oppression even wrong if it produces an remarkably stable and happy society? Is happiness evil? I loved this book and I suspect you will as well.

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