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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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    J. Meade Georgia, USA 07-14-16
    J. Meade Georgia, USA 07-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Any other narrator might have worked"
    Would you try another book from William Golding and/or William Golding?

    I would read the print version. His narration is among the worst I've run across.


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Golding? Why or why not?

    Not if he were narrating it. Mr. Golding wrote an interesting story, but as a narrator, he was not adept at telling his own story. His reading provided no distinction between characters when they spoke, making it more of an effort to keep track of who was saying what, which often led to losing the thread. While the narration was not quite monotone, it lacked any special enthusiasm, expression, or emotion that the imagination would have filled in were I reading the print version. He just sort of sounded like a very tired John Houseman being forced to read to his grandchildren in an attempt to get them to sleep.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Golding?

    Any actor adept at narrating.


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

    Probably, the story was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be returning this one, unfinished, in favor of the Kindle edition.

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    Jim Harris 07-03-16
    Jim Harris 07-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Still a classic"

    I read Lord of the Flies as a kid. It still holds up at age 64. And it's an essential book for those who love stories about being stranded on a deserted island. I usually hate when an author reads an audio book, but Golding did fine here.

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    Tabitha Freeman 06-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Ruined by reader"

    It really seemed like he recorded this reading himself I his basement. All characters had the same monotone voice, it was impossible to tell who was speaking. I know why this book was on sale now. Big thumbs down from me.

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    Idaho Trojan 06-28-16
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    "Better than I remember"

    Very cool that it was read by author with some background before and after! I recalled parts of the story but not with all the depth.

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    Cameron 06-18-16
    Cameron 06-18-16

    A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.

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    "needs to be longer"

    can play today I come over today I come over today I come over today I have judo until one I come over to play on Tuesday at you're ready

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    Alex Nelson 06-14-16
    Alex Nelson 06-14-16 Member Since 2016

    I am an anthropologist and a Koreanist with a love for science fiction and history.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the book and its premise and would reccomend it. however the basic idea of what happens to suposedly civilized people once social conventions are thrown to the wayside and no longer enforcable, have been more powerfully illustrated in numerous contemporary novels. Stephan King's "The Mist" is one of several that come to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I dont know how British children talked in the 40s or 50s, but their speech patterns come off as more adult that child like apart from when they don't know the names of things. I dont know if this reflects a historical change or an unrealistic oversight by the author.

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    Seth 05-30-16
    Seth 05-30-16
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    "great book, but author's narration lackluster"

    really enjoyed the book, but the author's narration was leaves a lot to be desired.

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    Kevin J. Bouffard Avon Park, FL 05-24-16
    Kevin J. Bouffard Avon Park, FL 05-24-16 Member Since 2002

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    "A Classic"

    Golding has given us a parable that regrettably remains real to this day. Brilliantly written.

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    Jessica 05-19-16
    Jessica 05-19-16 Member Since 2015

    I love literature, but especially children's lit and the Victorian novel. I'm also trying to love American literature (one novel at a time).

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    "An amazing read from Golding himself!"
    Where does Lord of the Flies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook provides amazing commentary at the start and end from William Golding (the author) himself.

    While Golding's thick British accent can be a bit tough to decipher at times, the book is quick, wonderful and very much an I-have-to-keep-listening sort of tale. Highly recommend.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord of the Flies?

    When Ralph and Piggy find the Conch for the first time is a pretty fun scene. Additionally, when Simon finally confronts "The Lord of the Flies" is something I'll never forget.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I definitely gasped a few times throughout the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Lord of the Flies is a brilliant story of what happens when boys are left to their own devices and laws cease to exist.

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    Bareface KY 04-29-16
    Bareface KY 04-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration is quite good actually"

    And you get the author's short and insightful commentary at both the beginning and the end.

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