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)
not if it is anything like this one
the stupid accent
none that I could see i couldn't get through chapter 3
I know that this is a classic sci-fi and that nobody will care that I had to plod through it. I listened to a British version and it was dopey. I began to feel like I was listening to a Shirley Temple movie. Especially heinous was the brit accent on the New Mexican pueblo indian..."bay-ah" for "bear," e.g. I could see the New Mexico impact on his book as he must have spent some time here before the book was published in 1931. As for the predictions, I can begin to see them coming, but who would want to live in an environment like that?
Absolutely...Michael York's narration and characterizations take this book over the top!
He is a talented actor who delivers a compelling performance. I listened to this book straight through.
It is a must listen for those of us who HAD to read it in high school and found it disappointing. This audio version brings out the humor, the cleverness and the pathos that we missed as teenagers. I can't say enough about Michael York's rendition.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
“Brave New World”, by Aldous Huxley, is a dystopian view of the world that describes the potential consequence of idolatry, media conditioning, and drug dependence.
Huxley’s atheism peeks through the pages of “Brave New World”. His main character, the Savage, is raised in an Indian culture that venerates a god that stipulates what is good and evil. The Savage leaves this Indian culture to live in a “Brave New World” that believes in another god named “Ford”.
The logical extension of Huxley’s primitive world is no better than a “Brave New World”. Dictatorship, the opiate of media entertainment and a drug culture are evident in both worlds.
Huxley was one of those extraordinary human beings that have what Abraham Maslow called a “superior perception of reality”.
This book is a classic in dystopia storylines, but I think I should have read it when I was younger. Maybe I'm too jaded, or just this type of universe is no longer shocking to me, but it didn't have the impact I was expecting.
The part that I loved learning about was the way in which babies were programmed and the efforts in defining class was executed. I really enjoyed it, and wanted to know more of how they were brought up. Least interesting: the trip to New Mexico sanctuary. Too much description and not enough story.
Michael York's female voices were awful, sorry Mr. York. Otherwise his performance was enjoyable.
Absolutely, and it should be. I think that it would translate very well, and the lengthy descriptions that distracted from the storyline could be easily summarized by a skilled director in a few camera shots.
Any fool can know something the point is to understand!
Wonderfully read and a great story. Is freedom of want and pain really freedom or a trap. ""All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects." If you could take a drug induced holiday and forget any worries you had would you? Is freedom the freedom to suffer? Great questions and a good story to review them with an ending befitting better science fiction!
I listened to this on audio, and the narrator was very good. There were some parts that were over the top that made me laugh at inappropriate times in the story, but overall, I liked the audio version. The various voices were done very well.
As far as the story, I can't add any clever observations that haven't already been said. I can say that this book shows me the importance of sticking with a book and evaluating it as an entire body of work. I didn't like the first part of the book and was going to ditch it, but I stuck with it. Once The Savage appeared and became an integral part of the story, I became interested in it. I loved the differences highlighted between the satirical "civilized" and "uncivilized" societies. The ending was quite a surprise to me and was well done.
I initially thought that I liked "1984" better, but I think they are pretty much equal in my opinion. Each has something slightly different to offer and both are worth the read.
I purchased this book after listening to 1984. The content isn't bad, and I found the story moderately compelling, but I didn't personally care for the narrator. I don't know if it's the accent or his inflections, but it didn't work for me. Sorry Mr. York.
Super loud followed by super soft reading, while likely well intended, made it difficult to listen to without constantly adjusting the volume
A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)
Michael York was the perfect choice to read this classic work of science fiction. He brings his skills as actor to this narration, providing each character with personality and subtlety, and his descriptions with inflection and meaning, reinforcing the intended preferences of Huxley's dystopian society with delicacy and style. Huxley's classic work is made even better through the perfect partnership of text and reader, and you'll revel in it as you listen, engrossed, as the story unfolds.
So much I could say about this book, and I am a science fiction fan, but this one though a classic wasn't my favorite. I was impressed at the technology
used in London 2540 as compared to the technology available in 1932. Huxley definitely had things nailed such as televisions in hospital rooms, antidepressants
etc. The book definitely made me think about some of the things that we're facing today. We're not there yet, but I think we may be headed the way of the
Brave New World.
I thought that some of the themes and ideas discussed were weird, really weird. It's odd that high schoolers and some junior high readers read this book.
Seems like it could be considered controversial at best, especially in a school environment. I did not like the ending. As far as endings go, this abrupt
one was about as abrupt an ending as I've ever read.
The performance was top notch, and made actually finishing the book more manageable. Some of Michael York's passages are a bit over the top I think, but overall he does well.
The book is definitely warranting, in my opinion a 3 star rating, and I give it that for being such a cutting edge scifi piece for its time.
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