©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)
This is the best audio book I've ever listened to. Read by the author himself! He reads it as though you were sitting by the fire next to him on a cozy evening. I absolutely loved it. The story itself is excellent as well. A romantic novel in the original meaning of the word; it's a story of ruined childhood, law, death, and the human condition. I highly recommend it.
I first read this book in high school when it was assigned by a teacher. I ripped thru it in a couple of days and it became one of my favorite books. I don't re-read books often tho so it was 25 years (wow) before I decided to download this audiobook and give it a listen.
The story is just as gripping and as I remembered but maybe it shouldn't have been read by the author. I'm not an overly critical judge of the readers, in most cases, but William Golding's voice made it hard to focus on the story sometimes. His monotone style also allowed my mind to wander quite a few times resulting in a rewind to catch back up.
I love this book but maybe it's time to make a new audio version with a professional narrator.
This classic is read by none better than its author and Golding's brief explanation of how this novel came into being and his defense against critics who call him a sexist are brilliant! Bravo!!
This is the flattest, most uninteresting reading of a book that I've ever heard. Obviously there is nothing wrong with the actual story, but the monotone delivery of the reader makes this an unbelievably tedious listen.
Lord of the Flies is a Great classic book that everyone should read at some point in their lives. It says a great deal about the human existence and the truth of human nature. William Golding is a wonderful righter and deserves much praise for his righting abilities. However, this was read by the author. I almost always felt that having the author of the book read the audio book is a huge mistake. They are righters not actors. I have read over 300 audio books in my life. I am familiar with good readers and bad readers. After I heard Ray Bradbury read Fahrenheit 451, and sounding like a drunken Alfred Hitchock, I thought I had heard the worst, well I had not. Nuff Said
I read this book as a child, but I didn't feel the same about it as I do now. I is really compelling and the picture it paints of society is still true today. I have found myself over and over again thinking of this book and how society behaves, it is so poignant. That is why this book is a classic and should be read by everyone.
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