©1954 William Golding; (P)2002 Random House, Inc.
"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)
I just finished listening to this with my kids in the car. We would listen when we went on long car rides. My kids are ages 8 and 11. They both enjoyed it though it took some explaining from me at times. I love that it was narrated by the author and that he both explains the story at the beginning, and sums it up at the end.
Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military History, Thrillers, Great Courses, Horror, and anything with a good story. Please forgive errors.
The author read this book brilliantly. The story of a group of shipwrecked boys and the decent into savagery. Another good story about the human condition and a need for people who use their head to solve issues at hand.
First of all I love this story and have read it myself multiple times. My only issue with this is the reader who is the author. I don't believe he did very good job reading it. The voice seemed none interested and he read without expression. At times it was difficult to understand which character was speaking as the same voice was used with each character. I could not get very far into this reading for those reasons.
It would be a lot better with a professional reader and a modern recording. The steady hum of ambient noise is awful through high dollar headphones.
"A group of boys stranded on a desert island"....sounds like a story full of adventures and exciting new worlds amd explorations? Nope. Just a book of violence and brutality.
The first impression I got from the narration was that the author sounds like he's bored. Then I got very
I truly thought hearing the book from the author would be wonderful, but I had a hard time concentrating and actually hearing the story. It wasn't my cup of tea overall.
I don't quite know what I expected, having heard so much about the book over the years.
I'm glad I read it, but the themes that may have been so groundbreaking in the 1950s are very well developed in the 2010s. Perhaps its less shocking to think about tribes of savage tweens killing one another.
In some ways I found the ending to be a satisfying one; in other ways unsatisfying.
The narration provided by the author was great, and his admonition at the end that whatever moral or lesson you take from the story is the right one, no matter what your teacher, professor, or critics say. Good life advice.
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