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Brave New World Audiobook

Brave New World [Audiobook]

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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

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"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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    Amazon Customer 04-19-12 Member Since 2016
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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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pita North Shore City, New Zealand 12-14-11
    Pita North Shore City, New Zealand 12-14-11
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    "Fascinating and unique classic novel, well read"

    Brave New World is Huxley's best known novel and a classic for good reason. This is a unique novel and a gripping expose on human nature. With overtones of Orwell's Big Brother this novel is set in a Utopia where the focus is on happiness, and where freedom and truth are removed from society. Huxley explores what happens when there is a clash with tradition ideals of moral obligation, religion, family, truth and free will.

    This is a novel that is well ahead of its time and the description of the world is very clever and the language and turn of phrase employed is wonderful.

    Micheal York really brings this to life with a masterful performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 01-24-14
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2011

    I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    "How did this become a classic?"

    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.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Don Three Rivers, US, Canada 12-11-08
    Don Three Rivers, US, Canada 12-11-08
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    "A Great Listen"

    Michael York does an excellent job of reading. I highly recommend this audio. Better than a half-gram of soma :-)

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    John Cliver Raleigh, NC USA 07-30-13
    John Cliver Raleigh, NC USA 07-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A remarkable work"

    Aldous Huxley presents a world so... Sci-fi, it's hard to believe it was first released in 1932. It succeeds in providing a detailed picture of a world where genetic modification is the commonplace way to provide societal stability. We find ourselves outsiders to the morality and values that must be maintained to accept this way of life but I think it's ultimately less a question of right/wrong but more about the nature of humanity, the value of human life and individuality (and yes, our sense of right and wrong).

    Where I feel this book falls short is in the enjoyability of the story. It has been a few years since I read it, so I can't be too detailed here but I definitely remember loving the book through the first half. As I drew near to the end, however, the story lost steam and I found myself trudging through the last chapters. When I finally got to the end, I just felt bad and had lost the enthusiasm for talking about the complex ideas presented by this futuristic society that seemed so interesting when I started.

    I give it 3 stars. Good book not great. Not the kind of book that I'll probably read more than once.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Dallas, Texas, United States 06-22-13
    Laura Dallas, Texas, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "It's a classic for a reason!!"
    Would you listen to Brave New World again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brave New World?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The narrator was very vivacious, animated and energetic. Some of the most touching moments included the dynamic of John and "Linder" or Linda.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    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 Listener Since 2009
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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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    Salimata Arlington, VA, USA 12-31-08
    Salimata Arlington, VA, USA 12-31-08
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    "Reading can kill writing"

    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.

    35 of 56 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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  • katherine
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    "Great story that makes you think!"

    Really enjoyable - raises a lot of questions about society today. I recommend for sure

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  • Jon Wilson
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    "The most jarring publisher's outro"

    Fascinating insight into what the future looked like in 1932. Much was prescient although we're not all flying around in personal helicopters!

    No spoilers here, but the ending is one that should be given space and allowed to sink in, instead of which we get a tiny silence followed by someone who sounds like he's trying to warm up a crowd in a half-empty comedy club. Awful.

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  • M. Brown
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    7/24/16
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    "I'm getting towards the end of chapter 3 and starting to think I have a defected copy"

    From what I can gather there are 3 different stories/situations, the numerator is switching between each by reading a sentence of each one, its very off putting and I can't keep up, not sure if anyone else had found this? First two chapters gripped me but don't think I will be able to continue if it carries on like this...

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  • A. D. Hall
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    "Unbelievably ahead of its time"

    This is a superb book. I cannot believe it was published in 1932. If it came out in the 80's it would still have been futuristic.

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  • Geoffrey Weller
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    7/14/16
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    "A fascinating story, beautifully read"

    I thoroughly recommend this beautifully dramatic reading of a first class story. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DebC
    7/12/16
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    "Great book destroyed by a bad performance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I recommend reading it! This version is painful to listen to..


    What didn’t you like about Michael York’s performance?

    Dreadful - the poor regional accents detract from the story.


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  • Jacci
    5/25/16
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    "Disturbing"

    loved it even though it made me think about what we are capable of in the future

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  • David
    5/24/16
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    "great story telling neatly summarising the future"

    great narrating full of engagement...author needs closer investigation for his seamless delve into future societie.
    was he a content man .?













    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    5/17/16
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    "What price would you pay for 'happiness'?"

    In Brave New World we are introduced to different future for mankind - one in which every aspect is controlled. From your caste to your conditioning to society and all to ensure your happiness.

    Aldous Huxley cuts close with some of his predictions of the world we now live in and makes you question the direction we are heading in.

    Good performance supports a subversive story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kalmac65
    5/4/16
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    "utopia gone mad"

    not far away with the test tube stuff???
    is tv the start of the mind conditioning stuff???
    cloning is just around the corner???

    Well written and narrated. was hooked from start to finish

    Well done Aldus

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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