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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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    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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    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 55 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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    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 :-)

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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-01-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-01-16 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "HE WAS COVERED WITH CONFUSION"

    WOMEN'S HEAVYWEIGHT WRESTLING
    Everyone has heard of this book, while few have read it. All of my reviews are based on entertainment value here and now. This was my second reading of the unabridged version and it is a must for anyone who claims to be a science fiction fan. Written in 1958, the predictions of a possible future are amazing. The main problem in reading it, is that is more of a thesis than a story. I strongly suggest that instead of reading this, spend 95 cents and get the one hour dramatized version. Not long ago I listen to the dramatized version and was very pleased. The shorter version hits all the high points and really gets you thinking. If you go ahead and get this version, it is more enjoyed in shorter bites.

    Breast implants
    The world Huxley dreams up, has partly come true and other parts might come true. The book is extremely thought provoking. One thinks of Hitler's desire to build a master race. In 1958 monogamy was the norm and women lost their virginity on their wedding night. In 1958 who would have dreamed of the amount of women who would get breast implants, essentially leading to such a large commonality in looks, plus lip plumpness, etc...

    In the seventies I liked Michael York as an actor and I believe he makes a great narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 07-31-14
    Tammy 07-31-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a daily commuter, 1 hour each way. Audible rides shotgun with me every day. The time flies by when I am listening to a good book.

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    "Misogynistic New World"

    Women in the future seem to be little more than "STRUMPETS" according to John Savage. I really liked the first half of the book and was firmly on Bernard's side. In fact, I pictured one of my favorite actors, Martin Freeman, as Bernard. However, when Bernard and Lenina visited the reservation and found Linda and John Savage, it all began to unravel for me. I wanted to root for John Savage but found that I could not even like him. It was hard to believe that in all the progress of the brave, new world that Linda could not have found some way to be rescued from the reservation. The women in the book are portrayed as shallow and empty headed and I could not get any sense of character from them at all. I enjoyed Michael York's narration of the book. I'm glad I read this classic but won't revisit it again.

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  • Jacci
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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 was it factual"

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













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  • Mr
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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.

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  • 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

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  • David
    4/27/16
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    "Rubbish. Just rubbish"

    Total lack of story. This is just a description author's futuristic world. The story itself is weak and the characters are thoroughly unlikable. Waste of money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Kennard
    3/10/16
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    "Pneumatic Performance"

    The narrator tends towards overdoing some of the voices slightly, but it's a good enough performance of the classic novel. Glad I listened to it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ioana
    12/28/15
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    "too real"

    nowadays we see many of the things described in the book happening before our eyes and I am pretty sure that more of them are likely to occur in the near future. It amazes me that this utopia was imagined long time ago before part of it really started to happen. By reading it till the end I realised that some of the ideas, like social stability and happiness for everybody, can be easely accepted today even if the price that has to be paid for will be loosing of freedom. The traditional world is too rough and I don't think that civilized people are willing to turn back there. it is yet too dificult to understand our ancestors' way of living.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Print Traveller
    12/15/15
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    "Fantastically tragic"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Energyimp
    11/29/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kassy4
    11/23/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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