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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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    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 14 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, USA 06-15-09
    Justin omaha, NE, USA 06-15-09
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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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    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    S. M. Ferguson Grew up in St. Paul's Crocus Hill, now in New Jersey 01-22-15
    S. M. Ferguson Grew up in St. Paul's Crocus Hill, now in New Jersey 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Michael York brings Brave New World alive!"
    What did you love best about Brave New World?

    Michael York's amazing acting skills are put to the test in Brave New World. He handles the early chapters where the scenes cut back and forth extremely well, and breathes life into the characters. I don't think many audiobook readers could handle this book as competently.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lenina Crowne is the perfect earnest airhead with complete faith in the government. In this era she would be a volunteer with Organizing For America.


    Any additional comments?

    Between George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, the Huxley book is a more accurate social critique of the hedonistic, valueless society we live in today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tulio 01-13-15
    Tulio 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great book and a formidable narration."

    I have been planing to read and listen to Brave New World for a while, and I am not disappointed after all. The combination of Aldous Huxley and Micheal York is lovely.
    For reflecting our modern society this is an indispensable book. And the narration happens to give us a new great approach.
    Read and listen do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    t murd 01-11-15
    t murd 01-11-15
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    "Inappropriate for High School Seniors"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. This book is part of the High School senior reading curriculum and was inappropriate for that age group.


    What was most disappointing about Aldous Huxley’s story?

    The book promotes promiscuity and drugs in the ideal society. It had many sexual references and that all women and men belong to one another and should be shared. In addition to many references of 'soma', a drug that puts the person in a euphoric state, to eliminate any feelings.

    For adults, it was an appropriate book, however, for a coming of age book required in our public school system it was not. I would be surprised it many 16-18 year old students and interpret past the drugs and sex to the actual message of the book.


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

    He fluctuated his tone from low to high too often. I had trouble finding an ideal volume level.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    D. Donahoe 01-06-15
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    "Excellent classic book"

    Excellent reading of a classic! I read this book 20 years ago. It's even better than I remembered. Awesome dystopian fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    João 12-31-14
    João 12-31-14
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    "Classic!"

    Great book, especially when you consider it was published in the 30s. Decades ahead of its time. The performance was great.

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  • Duncan
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    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
  • 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
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