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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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    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 01-02-12
    Shannon 01-02-12
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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.

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    Ben 12-27-11
    Ben 12-27-11 Member Since 2015
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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
    Isis 12-26-11 Listener Since 2010
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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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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11
    Jes 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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    Douglas Moore 11-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    Would you listen to Brave New World again? Why?

    Yes, It was a very good book to listen to.


    What does Michael York bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the different voices Michael York uses in the story.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 11-29-11
    Amy 11-29-11 Member Since 2014

    Amy Rose Banks

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    "Wouldn't have experienced this book any other way!"

    The story was amazingly imaginative. Narrated so well, reading would not have been as good.

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    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 11-17-11
    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 11-17-11 Member Since 2014

    I love learning, teaching, and exploring!

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    "Classic story but didn't enjoy the narration"

    I love being able to revisit classics but the narration in this one was a bit off. York is great at providing unique voices for the characters, but the accents and tones are not enjoyable at times.

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