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)
I would listen to the book again if I had to. I actually got the book for a school assignment and I didn't want to read it so I got it on audible. Its a good book but its very descriptive, if you can get passed that the book really isn't that long and is very interesting...
The director showing the student how babies weren't conceived and that 96 babies (twins) were born from 1 egg to be put to work in factories.
Yes but his accent is annoying after a while...
Good luck to all students who have to read and write about this for school :)
I had heard of this book but had never read it. I could not stop listening to this story. I would eat leave the table and back to listening.
The ending was depressing and a bit melodramatic.
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.
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