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 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!
Epic oh the humanity... Truly an amazing story about what needs to be human. The performance here is absolutely top notch!
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.
Michael York puts on a stellar performance of a true dystopian classic! His ability to effortlessly and convincingly transition from character to character make this an audible purchase worth every penny.
it's not until the end of this bookwhen you really begin to understand and start to question societies purpose as a whole. the story overall isn't one to keep you on the edge of your seat but the world in which it takes place is a dark look at utopian literature.
Few other stories have sparked as much introspection for me as this one. From cover to cover it makes one question morality and the basis of human happiness. The struggle in every chapter to determine which character is right and which is wrong makes for a complete reimagining of your own morals. A must read for everyone.
Having heard so much about this book I was genuinely impressed by Huxley's vision for a distant future. Michael York's voice is perfect for narrating, he made the story very easy to listen to.
This is an interesting listen especially for those who are aware how much control the consumer driven society maintains. A very thought provoking story.
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