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Lord of the Flies Audiobook

Lord of the Flies

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Publisher's Summary

Get ready for an adventure tale in its purest form, a thrilling and elegantly told account of a group of British schoolboys marooned on a tropical island. Alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, devoid of adult supervision or rules, the boys begin to forge their own society, their own rules, their own rituals. With this seemingly romantic premise, and through the seemingly innocent acts of children, Golding exposes the duality of human nature itself: the dark, eternal divide between order and chaos, intellect and instinct, structure and savagery.

©1954 William Golding; (P)2002 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Lord of the Flies gives the reader a lucid and chillingly objective mirror to our modern society. William Golding's narration is as impartial as his work, yet his grumbly, grandfatherly voice, complete with mid-sentence sniffs and swallows, is intimate." (AudioFile)

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    Harold Pittsburgh, PA, USA 05-26-04
    Harold Pittsburgh, PA, USA 05-26-04
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    "A Must-Read(Listen)"

    I had never read this book as a teen but am glad I gave it a listen. It has so much to say about what savages human beings are. It's not just a story for kids. Some grown-ups in positions of power should have to read or listen to it. I really like hearing authors read their literature.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn 04-21-08
    Marilyn 04-21-08
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    "Monotonous voice"

    While this is a very admirable book, the voice of the author is dreadful. The book should be done again in a voice with a more natural flow and some enthusiasm. This flat tone coming from the author of a book who's story he should know, almost puts one to sleep. We could not listen to it after 10 minutes. I got the book for my grandchildren to listen to thinking they would enjoy it as I had enjoyed reading the book.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Rochester, MN, USA 02-17-05
    Aaron Rochester, MN, USA 02-17-05
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    "This book is crazy good!"

    I used to work as a wildland firefighter. The way their society degrades mirrors fire camp as the tour reaches twenty-plus days. I think everyone who has worked in a "high testosterone" occupation will see parallels between this book and their work environment. I think it actually applies to a lot more situations ? it was just obvious from my perspective. I could even match the characters in the book to the characters I have worked with. Anyway, I recommend this book to everyone.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    edteach3r 10-27-15
    edteach3r 10-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    Not always the most engaging reading, but still worth it. I particularly enjoyed the comments by Golding at the end of the audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 08-20-15
    Marie 08-20-15

    I'm a teacher overseas. I listen because its nice to hear your native language without music or pictures.

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    "Why I don't remember this from high school"

    The author should not have read this book, his voice is monotone, making the story sometimes hard to follow. Other than that, the story was good though it is definitely a younger leaders book. There's good reason for it being a classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    readerGA 08-15-15
    readerGA 08-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "tradition"

    struggled to finish the piece, narrator was monotone, what do they still make children read this?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 07-31-15
    Jenny 07-31-15
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    "Review"

    I enjoyed this book because it made me think about society and it's flaws. Golding's commentary before and after the book gave great insights as well.
    This book is not for everyone. If you want a book that's going to make you question things and think a little deeper this is definitely one you should try. But if you just want a fun "fluff," kind of story then I wouldn't suggest this book. There are moments where it gets rather dark. However I loved it. And those of you who enjoy to think a little deeper will love it too.
    I gave it the rating for the simple fact that it kept me involved the whole time and kept my mind working. I really loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 02-27-15
    Joshua 02-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book, thought provoking"

    The author performs the book. Of course he's not a professional reader like you'd normally find here, but I always love when a author performs his or her own work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Toronto, ON, Canada 02-28-12
    Peter Toronto, ON, Canada 02-28-12

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    "Good Idea that didn't turn out well"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    A good idea to have Mr. Golding read his book, but in the end authors are not necessarily voice actors. I felt that Mr. Golding did not bring the passion and horror that is needed to really bring this story to life. Very shocking plot movements, read by an (very obviously) old man in monotone English voice made for an almost comical juxtaposition, one that took away from the story.

    Although the 5 minutes or so commentary by the author were interesting, I recommend having this read by someone else.


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 06-01-11
    Shannon 06-01-11
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    "Chilling Classic Still Timely"

    I did this book with 6 16-17 year old boys and it was a huge book for them. So worth it to revisit as an adult. Very timely. Creepy, harsh and gritty. Only down side was lots of sexual references which I had forgotten.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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