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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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    KC 05-08-12
    KC 05-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not for me"
    Would you try another book from Aldous Huxley and/or Michael York?

    Yes- I like to try to listen/read classics. This just did not capture my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-19-12
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    "Orgy Porgy!"

    How did I not read this before? Michael York is great! The book is a little dated (some cringe-inducing racial slurs & oh the rampant sexism) but really is a hoot. (Where are our
    personal helicopters, anyway?!? Isn't it about time?}

    It did bother me how messed up John Savage is. That point of Huxley's I honestly don't understand.

    But I now know what soma means.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James Neptune City, NJ, United States 03-08-11
    James Neptune City, NJ, United States 03-08-11
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    "Classic for a reason"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Justin OMAHA, NE, United States 06-15-09
    Justin OMAHA, NE, United States 06-15-09 Member Since 2012
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    "a twisted story!"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 01-25-11
    Dean 01-25-11 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "read on the recommendation of another book."

    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.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    CRISTY Bluffton, SC, United States 03-31-12
    CRISTY Bluffton, SC, United States 03-31-12

    Mommy of twins

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    "Michael York's narration couldn't save this book."

    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

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    "Great performance and storyline"

    Classic book from author Aldous Huxley with a great reading performance super recommended. 1 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Stratford Provo, Utah 06-30-15
    A. Stratford Provo, Utah 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Intense and Profound"

    What a remarkable book. I really enjoyed it. It was well written, and the themes were very meaningful to today's society. A true classic.

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    Regina 06-18-15
    Regina 06-18-15

    Hi I'm Regina and I'm a Bibliophile.

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    "This Classic is Brought Alive Via Its Narration"

    For many students Brave New World is confusing and filled with language they aren't familiar with which leads to them being incapable of actually seeing the entire storyline. The audio book solves these problems, particularly when used along with the ebook in the Kindle for phones app which allows you to have the audio playing while highlighting each word of the text as it is read.

    The story itself is very thought providing and as scary as it might seem, I think that what Huxley wrote of may be the most effective method for a caste society to exist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 06-02-15
    Joseph 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Quite pneumatic indeed"

    It was a bit difficult start off with but once I got in I couldn't keep from listening.
    The part of the story where Benard, John, Helmholts, and mustav amon where speaking about philosophy was the most memorable. But the ending was the sadest and most importantly where you feel all the pain John was holding in. A very powerful message about forced peace and the good in the bad. A most terribly awesome piece of literary morality questioning work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Souzan
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    7/8/13
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    "I would really recommend it to everyone!"
    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    It was really unpredictable. Also, slightly worrying as you can see these theories coming true!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The savage boy - his philosophical understanding really made me think.


    Which character – as performed by Michael York – was your favourite?

    the same as above


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, astonishment. I could not put this book down.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book. I have recommended it to everyone I know. Much better than 1984.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duncan
    Flitwick, United Kingdom
    1/8/13
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    "Really Good"

    I think this is a really good thought full book that is very well read. It gives view of a possible future brought to a logical conclusion in a modern era. It reflects the basic truth of a worker population trodden down by an elite...very much recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    12/25/12
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    "A classic as relevant today as 1984"

    An absolute must read. The only fly in the ointment is the narrator who's style of delivery is only slightly older than the book's publication date.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    8/19/12
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    "I liked it (The new world, that is)"

    OK, I know that this is meant to be a dystopia, but seriously, I think this brave new world is much better than the one we have right now! Bring it!

    This is an old classic and although I enjoyed it, the age is starting to show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BoogsB
    London, United Kingdom
    7/14/12
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    "Wonderful"

    Wonderful.The fact that it was written in 1932 is even more inspiring. I remember the 1980 movie; the title was only realised when I read the book. I have always had in mind how great it would be to always look no older than 35 and end it all in bliss on Soma. Still an aspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    6/28/12
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    "Bizarre accents!"

    Enjoyed the book, and Michael York has a great voice, but the choices of accents was just bizarre! It was very hard to take seriously a 'savage' that had grown up amongst 'savages' from New Mexico that somehow had a Somerset farmer's accent... quite distracting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
    1/15/11
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    "Brave New World"

    Michael York is an ideal choice of narrator for Brave New World. The tone of his voice sounds convincing, as if he genuinely enjoyed reading the story. He uses various accents which are entertaining and unique. His voice is rich with a fine quality to it. I found this book hugely enjoyable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs P.
    2/3/15
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    "Won't be listening to this ever again!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Nope, I only listened to this as it was the book club I attend choice, not my cup of tea.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not surprising


    Have you listened to any of Michael York’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but Michael York has a lovely voice


    Did Brave New World inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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