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 read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
There's no getting around it, Brave New World is a bad book. It's the story of a world where humans are engineered to fit a specific purpose and the engineering doesn't end after birth. The characters have come to accept this life, even the scheduling of their free time and the people they have relationships with, as normal. Our main character shifts halfway through the book to a man born on a reservation who is known as the savage. Then he comes into conflict with the New World.
That's the plot, but here's the juice: it's boring. The characters never challenge the world, they rarely come into conflict with its boundaries, and frankly, they're boring. They don't grow or want to grow in any significant way. The conflict only happens when the savage comes to the city, and even then it's too little and way too late. Not only that, but Michael York is an okay narrator - but his American accent is atrocious.
This stock is a definite Don't Buy.
Yes because I feel it serves such a strong warning against allowing the government to rule and regulate that which is inherently flawed and as a result, beautiful and perfectly created. When the government oversteps nature, a chain reaction ensues.
The detail the author provides leaves the reader which powerful imagery and leaves very little to the imagination in the sense the reader does not have to supplement with what might be false or misguided images. For example, when describing the hatchery, the author is certain to mention in detail the process and in essence sets up a great foundation for the reader to better understand the actions of those that stemmed from the hatchery.
I have not but I had always "heard" this book in American English and it was brilliant to hear it in its native tongue if you will as the story is centered in London.
The narrator was very vivacious, animated and energetic. Some of the most touching moments included the dynamic of John and "Linder" or Linda.
I highly recommend this to everyone. This book is a good "starting point" for those getting into current affairs. This is a true foreshadow of events that have occurred that the author hit on years prior but a closer look reveals that "Big Brother" and conditioning are amongst us. To have free thought is to be a strong reader and this supports such. Happy reading!
Yes- I like to try to listen/read classics. This just did not capture my attention.
I feel a bit unsophisticated because this is the 2nd classic in a row I could not finish. I did not care about the characters and the story was not interesting enough to keep me listening although I did like Michael York as the narrator.
Scary how timeless this book is. I read it in high school and really didn't give it much thought but now as an adult who is aware to the outside world this book will scare the pants off of you. It would not take the society to many steps to get to where they are in the book (I guess that is the genius of it). Great book, a classic for a reason and worth your time. I strongly reccomend giving it a listen even if you read it years ago as I did.
Oh and I am not some conspiracy theorist nut job either, just in case I came across that way.
i greatly enjoyed this book. though parts were a little shuffled for an audio version and made it a little tough to hang onto the story, it was well narrated. the story itself is a twisted story that is sure to open eyes to the way we live today.
This CD could put you right off this fundamental book.
Personalized accents, hysterical shoutings, whinings, singings, supposedly used to bring life, don't bring anything, just make the book unbearable after a few minutes.
Advice : (1) if you want to avoid irritation and reach the end, you should plan short listening sequences ; (2) never buy an audiobook without prior listening and comparing.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Read this at the inspiration of.....reading GW Bush's book decision points, and well...glad I did. This was an amazing glimpse of what today (80 years after it was written) is a very believable future. The idea the people will opt for comfort over everything else. Control of the press, drug the people, tell them all that it is for their own good, remove any differances, and eliminate the family. Then you findout there is no more strife, and that no one is human anymore.
Mommy of twins
Although I seem to be in the minority here, I wasn’t a big fan of the highly acclaimed, dystopian cult classic BRAVE NEW WORLD. I just didn’t get it... well, I “got it” but I don’t get what all the hype is about.
In BRAVE NEW WORLD the people of the new “Civilized” world believe they are happy because they want for nothing. All needs are met and all pleasures are provided to them, including mood altering drugs and constant casual sex (everyone belongs to everyone), while marriage and religion are dirty words. They live in a class system that is programed (brainwashed) into them from conception, of which by the way, happens in a lab, no mommies and daddies. But are they honestly happy? Can they be? These people lack any true individualism, connection, passion or actual choice; so really they are a society of glorified meat robots. Then there are the Savages that live in small tribe like communities outside Civilization. These are a Native American-like people with a mesh of religions, cultures and a traditional moral standard. At about the halfway point in the book, the two societies cross paths… and the reader may now commence comparisons. So who’s better?...Really they’re both a mess.
All that, being what it is... a utopia with a definite philosophy (agenda) on how society would best be run, fine I’ll except all that, the concept itself holds some interest, but for me it was the execution of BRAVE NEW WORLD that bombed. The story felt…disheveled and scattered and most importantly I felt no connection at all to any of the characters. Really I couldn’t care less what happened to any of them. They were so flat and uninteresting that, in the end, I just felt the read as a whole was pretty boring
I'm so glad I finally read this classic. it was nothing like I'd heard and much, much better than expected. Wonderfully prescient in many ways.
I very rarely listen to dramatizations. Most of the books I've listened to are very straightforward narrations. This was phenomenal.
Very well performed.
I was interested in the novel for years, but now that I've listened to it, I think it'll take another listen or two to really begin to unpack Huxley's world.
The performance in this book is great from a voice acting standpoint really captures the period and setting each characters voice is recognisable even though it's the same guy. The story well it's a classic one of the top 2 books in the history of dystopian fiction. It is the opposite of 1984 but equally grim. As Neil's Bohr said the opposite of a great truth is also a great truth.
"A sobering story"
This enlightened 80 year old novel gives an insight into humanity's never ending quest for utopia, despite the opposite happening. Bio-engineering, conditioning and drug-addled propaganda consumption makes this as relevant today. Worth a listen.
"Ruined by his dialogue voices"
The narrator does everyone's voice as a whiny complainer. His main narration was fine, just when he did people's voices. Ruined it for me! I just felt myself getting more and more annoyed by the wheedling drone.
Very well written and classic sci fi. Set in a dystopian future, thought provoking. well narrated.
"Excellent characterisation but odd accents."
I found the odd use of accents to differentiate characters a bit off putting but Michael York's delivery is otherwise excellent.
Fascinating to hear the story and relate it to modern life 83 years on.
"Amazing book, a perfect fit for me"
Top 3 for sure, it would be Crime and Punishment, Brave New World and 1984.
The mental programming, even from a pre cognitive stage in life. Something I see today, where people have firm belies that they cant motivate in other ways than "this is how I feel". How some people seem to have been breed to think in a certain way!
The very end where he tried to find solitude just to become a spectacle for mindless drones, using his raw emotion as drug
I get 1984 vibes from this book. The major difference is that people arent fighting the system, they fit in because they are produced to fit in. I can somewhat relate to the story, being someone who dislike most conventional ideals and being told to think a way with out logic backing the arguments. Really enjoy this book and felt a lot less dark than 1984 but in the same ballpark
"Dark vision of utopian society"
I was keen to listen to what is regarded as SF classic literature. Written long before many of our modern conveniences where invented, Huxley portrays a dark vision somewhere between '1984' and 'The Time Machine'. Set in a modern society of eugenic casts, cloning , widespread promiscuity & drug use being the social norm. Deviation from this is regarded as unpalatable. In amongat all this what happens to free thought? We follow Bernard and Lenona as they embark on a visit to a Savage Reservation where people still form monogamous relationships, marry and even give birth!
Crazy thing is that many of his ideas have come true. it leaves you questioning the true nature of modern culture and society. It wasn't always easy to follow and on occasion requires concentration, but there were so many well thought out ideas, slogans and characters.
I started listening to this out of curiosity and ended it with a high regard of the authors abilities and now understand why it is regarded as classic SF.
Michael York is engaging. His narration often brings amusement with the passion with which he delivers the story. At times he wails his lines. He's like SF royalty himself so it was a pleasure to share such an intimate experience listening to him read this.
Definitely worth a listen.
The story was interesting and it kept my attention. But the ending was a bit strange.
"Wow ... Fantastic"
This book is written about and cited as being amazing. Well now I understand why. You simply must read this book.
It's possible to see so much of what follows has called upon what is written here. So many films and other books. Even down to the use of language
"Interesting Story, OK Narration"
It is worth a listen/read, but I wouldn't return to it.
Michael York does a good job of the general narration, but some of his accents are a little silly and don't really fit within the context of the story.
Overall this is an enjoyable story. It deals with some interesting ideas, but does sound dated in places.
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