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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 Fairfax, VA, United States 01-02-12
    Shannon Fairfax, VA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2005
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Provo, UT, United States 12-27-11
    Ben Provo, UT, United States 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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    Isis 12-26-11
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    "This book is still amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Brave New World to be better than the print version?

    The narrator is great the book flows well and at one stage I thought I was being


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concepts of society and the way we live.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "This is preview of our future?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Brave New World to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version. I only listened to this because I saw it and remember once seeing a movie. Like all movies I know it didn't tell the whole story like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


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

    I did listen to this book in one setting and it was well worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    Get ready because some people would like to see this was our future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Nick
    kings lynn, norfolk, United Kingdom
    4/23/08
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    "Better than a gram of soma...."

    Superb. An absolute classic! This thought provoking tale of social engineering is made even more accessible by the masterly narration of Micheal York. Sheer auditory pleasure!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    3/11/09
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    "Excellent"

    Bleak and excellent. An interesting thought experiment. As opposed to Orwell's "1984", in which a totalitarian government rules by fear and brutality, the Brave New World leaders remain in power by enslaving their population to unbounded, self-indulgent pleasures. All humanity is lost when grief, pain and suffering are eradicated, and the book cleverly introduces a 'savage' from an 'old world' reserve who understands the loss that the new world has undergone. Despite it's cautionary tone (that seems to be more relevant in this day and age than when it was written) I couldn't help feeling I could do with just a little bit of unbounded, self-indulgent pleasure. Huxley would turn in his grave!! Clear sound and excellently narrated.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • JMWILLIAMS
    NR. HALESWORTH,, United Kingdom
    8/4/09
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    "Sublime"

    I have never posted a review before, as I have never felt strongly enough, in either direction, to want to make a public comment on something - until now. It is more years than I care to remember since I last read Brave New World, and what a delight to listen to Michael York as the narrator. For anyone who thinks that they 'ought to' read this book, then this is the perfect way to do it; and anyone who wants to revisit this timeless classic, then you are in for a sublime 8 hours. If only all audio books were of this standard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    10/15/12
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    "Parody not prophecy."

    This novel has to be read with the writer's historical context kept firmly in mind to appreciate its absolute genius. It's a parody - and a very funny one - of all the utopias being prescribed and promised by the political theories that are sweeping the world in that very strange period that was the 1930s. Capitalism was being battered - due to the Great Depression - and Socialism, Communism and Fascism were vying for dominance of people's hearts and minds; each declaring they had the keys to human happiness. And, alongside this, the science of eugenics seemed to be justifying the European dominance of its empires as well as the right of the upper-classes to rule the lower. So throw into this already very heady mix the hedonism of the Roaring Twenties, and the still very fresh memories of the Great War, and Alduous Huxley is writing in an extremely volatile time. So what does he do? He takes the piss out of everybody.

    We follow the petty proto-revolutionary bureaucrat Bernard Marx (what a great name: George Bernard Shaw/Karl Marx) in his pathetic and ultimately futile quest for respect and importance in the genetically 'stable' utopia that has been manufactured. It's a very uncomfortable read at times - the erotic play of the toddlers comes to mind - and brutal too - the death clinics, and the descriptions of the Savages' reservations - but Huxley's point is to show that no matter what the grand Social Theories promise, they won't be able to take into account each individual's little weaknesses and lusts and ambitions; humans can't be put into little boxes and expected to be happy. The Shakespeare quoting savage John isn't happy in the reservation nor in the Brave New World; the stunted Bernard won't ever find acceptance from his peers, and Lenina ("Wonderful girl; splendidly pneumatic.") will never be able to understand her taste for something 'different'. Huxley isn't being prophetic, he's being parodic in Brave New World and he's having a lot of fun too. 5 stars

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • George
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    8/6/11
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    "Marred by narration"

    Great book, no doubting that, but I'm half way through and had to break to come on here and say I can't STAND Michael York's narration. Really after 20 audiobooks or more from Audible this is the first time it's happened, and it's particularly surprising given he's such a well known actor, but absolutely every moment of his performance is over-egged. It's Jackonory story-telling, subtle as a brick and prone to spasms of indulgent and frankly frightening wailing and crying. And the accents, entirely his contribution from what I gather, are atrocious. I'm probably in the minority given other reviews here, but give the sample a go and try before you buy, that's my advice!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    southampton, hampshire, United Kingdom
    7/6/10
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    "Interesing characters and ideas of the future."

    Michael York makes listening to this book very easy.

    The story portays a world where human engineering has advanced so far that children are grown in test tubes rather than born naturally. Distinct classes of people are manufactured in the test tube. Love and partnerships no longer exist as everyone belongs to everyone else. Subliminal teachings repeat the mantras of the new world order, ensuring stability and conformity. Drugs are freely available to wash away any hardship or stress. Gone are the writings of Shakespeare and all references to God.

    But there are a few that are not content with the way of the world and look for answers to their feelings of emptiness.

    The story follows these characters through their journey of self realisation and weakness, exploring the state's reaction to their outspoken views.

    I really enjoyed the story and considering its age was impressed by the forward thinking.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    7/11/08
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    "A classic, but period piece"

    I read this book many, many years ago when it still had resonance for many fearing the emergence of regimented, totalitarian, mainly communist, states. Being set in the distant future it contains all sorts of predictions about technology and how societies function. It's funny to read it again and to see how things have turned out and how technology like mobile phones and computers simply weren't envisaged in the 1930s. Although it's force has in many ways been superceded by events, it's still a classic and fascinating read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bertil
    Göteborg, Sweden
    3/26/13
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    "Great book, some volume issues"

    First of all, this is a great book which I recommend. I do think there is a problem with the sound volume however, in that the volume difference between the most quiet and the loudest parts is too big. I listen a lot while commuting and I had to frequently lower the volume at the loud parts, and increase the volume at the most quiet parts to save my ears / be able to hear. I think it would have been clever if the publishers edited or mixed the sound to prevent that.



    I don't think that should stop you from listening to this book still. Because it's great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    6/28/12
    Overall
    "Bizarre accents!"

    Enjoyed the book, and Michael York has a great voice, but the choices of accents was just bizarre! It was very hard to take seriously a 'savage' that had grown up amongst 'savages' from New Mexico that somehow had a Somerset farmer's accent... quite distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Penny
    BlackpoolUnited Kingdom
    7/19/10
    Overall
    "Memories"

    I first read this book 25 years ago at school. Time (or my age) has made this book even better! Well read by Michael York. If you like George Orwell's 1984, you'll love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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