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)
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.
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
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.
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.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
I eventually enjoyed Michael York. At first I felt he was a bit over the top but once things settled in I thought he did a good job. There are elements in this book that are sardonic, and he expressed it perfectly.
The final scene was somewhat unexpected and brought the entire story together.
He did a good job, but the star here is Huxley. To think this book was written in the 1930's is incredible. Most of the ideas resonate today. However a reading of the book within the context of the controversy surrounding behaviorism and emerging social structures of that that era will really make you thin about the state of our society in 2015. Most of us read this in highs school, but as a adult it had more meaning than it did when I first read it. York does a good job and in the end he captures the tone perfectly.
It is a short book, but I rarely listen in one sitting, it ever. Doesn't diminish the power of the story however.
One credit for a 6 hour book might seem expensive, but it was a well spent credit for me. Very well done.
Brave new world, has to be the most "ahead of its time" book I have ever read. Written in 1932, Huxley shockingly captured a very frightening possible future in this wonderful book. Full of shock and philosophy this is a great read. The performance my Michael York was wonderful as well. Highly recommended.
The world it created was very well detailed, but it jumped from character to character so often that it was hard to keep track of then the story went precisely no where by the end of it. I feel like the third act was just completely absent.
I didn't get any resolution. The universe was great and detailed, but there was no main character. I felt like I was just a fly on the wall where things were happening.
Bernard Marx was the most interesting, I thought Huxley would develop him a bit more or the conflict around his conditioning or Lenina having more of a brake. Just something to happen.
I'm just disappointed that this book which has been so prophetic has such a bland story. Without a good narrator, I would have quit without finishing, good job Mr. York.
"a sober trip like no other..."
I will not write about the amazing insight, capacity for sociological and psychological elaboration and the utmost eloquence our Huxley has; many have said it before.
I will also not confine my review to the narrator’s amazing style and how he both “acts” and “tells” the story like actors and storytellers of “once upon a time”… Instead, I would like to simply note that the combination of Huxley’s book and its telling by Michael York has produced a work like no other in its category. By far, this is the most enjoyable listen to an audio book I have ever had. A most serious book comically written without losing its seriousnesses and then acted to make you laugh, wonder, be confused, be fully emerged and then emerge feeling illuminated yet entirely perplexed.
"an interesting story of an alternative world"
I have not read the print version but I have thoroughly enjoyed this audio version
A surprising read that I can not really compare with anything else that I have read.
His voices/accents are great
No - I needed to digest it bit by bit.
A surprising and interesting book which I had been told, would shock me - it didn't.
I have advised a great number of other people to get a copy!
"Hindered by high expectations"
Yes - give it a stronger story.
More an observation of imagined, alternative reality, and a selection of characters in the midst, rather than a captivating story. The 'story' element was far less interesting than the world in which it occurred, plodding through a series of interesting life circumstances. The world was fantastically well realised, the story itself disappointing. Something bent around an emergent revolution, consequence, and so on, might have appealed more than a series of, albeit amusing, incidents to provoke episodes of bewildered intolerance, and objection from it's diverse set of characters. It had something of a satisfying climax, but was largely repetitive and boring on route to it.
Dry, monotone, listless
Yes - same world, better story.
1984 is far better in my honest opinion. A very different sort of oppressive utopia, and a much better story.
"Amazing considering this was written in the 1950's"
Can not rank this type of book, but I can say its amazing to read Mr Huxley's insight into the future considering he wrote this some 60 years ago!
The drug Soma. Opiate for the masses like religion!
Lenina and her naivety
Yes it made me rethink about the society we live in.
This should be a compulsory read in schools.
"A Classic Well Read"
It was many years since I had read this book and it was a good book to listen to and remember whilst I walked the dog along the sea wall. It was like visiting an old friend. There were parts that I still remembered, but others I had forgotten about. if you haven't read this, I would recommend you read it. If you have read it already, definitely worth revisiting and Michael York was a good choice as narrator.
"A good reading of a classic"
To be honest I preferred the print version, sorry.
John Savage, always the outsider and an innocent in a truly dystopian world.
John Savage, the character is just so well written.
There are various points as Savage just can't get to grips with this world into which he has been thrust, ultimately with tragic results.
It is a good book and Michael York reads it well. My problem with it is my personal view of York as a more of a comic actor than serious and that mental image just stuck with me. The fault is mine rather than anything to do with York's narration which is very good.
"I would really recommend it to everyone!"
It was really unpredictable. Also, slightly worrying as you can see these theories coming true!
The savage boy - his philosophical understanding really made me think.
the same as above
Yes, astonishment. I could not put this book down.
I really loved this book. I have recommended it to everyone I know. Much better than 1984.
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.
"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.
"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.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.