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Lord of the Flies Audiobook

Lord of the Flies

Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.
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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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    kelly 02-07-14
    kelly 02-07-14
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    "William Golding is the worst narrator ever"
    Would you try another book from William Golding and/or William Golding?

    Hell no.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Good story. Horrible narrator.


    What didn’t you like about William Golding’s performance?

    No heart or soul. Just monotone. Made me want to to jump off a cliff. My five year old could have read it with better tone. If you're suicidal, don't listen to this. It will send you over the edge.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that I had to listen to Golding spew out every word.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is a good story. But listening to it being read was enough to make me want to go to sleep. He just didn't make me interested in the story at all. He sounded like reading it was bothersome to him. I'll watch the movie. It's got to be better than listening to it.

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    Delia 12-04-13
    Delia 12-04-13
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    "required reading for my son's HS language arts"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Good grief the story went on and on......small island and strung out stranded boys destined to try and kill each other while slaughtering the only available food source on the island other then themselves. It was very dark - I would make some highlights and a brighter points - like have the boys flashback to fun or interesting times in their lives as they intertwined in the boarding school prior to the wreck.


    What could William Golding have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have filtered in the ship that eventually rescued the boys or family back home worrying about survival or life around the drama knowing their children were lost in a plane crash. Sorry Mr. Golding but this book was awful and dark. There are about 25 kids in the class and without exception they all disliked the book and would not be reading it if they didn't have to. All are advanced learners and read avidly


    Which character – as performed by William Golding – was your favorite?

    Piggy - who was eventually murdered sadly


    Was Lord of the Flies worth the listening time?

    NO NO NO NO


    Any additional comments?

    dark unpleasant story

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    Greyson Smith SLC, UT USA 10-02-13
    Greyson Smith SLC, UT USA 10-02-13 Member Since 2012

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    "when they said it was bad narration...."

    Ye gods the narration!

    Sometimes it's awesome when the author narrates their books... and sometimes there's a reason they're writers and not voice talent.

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    Katelyn Tampa, FL, United States 09-02-13
    Katelyn Tampa, FL, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator/author sounds uninterested"
    What would have made Lord of the Flies better?

    If the author/narrator would have sounded more interested in what he was reading.


    What other book might you compare Lord of the Flies to and why?

    No idea since I couldn't even get through the first chapter.


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

    Anyone else.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    The author sounded bored, annoyed, like he was being paid to read this book he wrote but was not happy to do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Menifee, CA, United States 05-01-13
    Joseph Menifee, CA, United States 05-01-13
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    "Terrible narration by the author."
    What didn’t you like about William Golding’s performance?

    The author seems completely bored with reading his own book. It's as if he has become so familiar with his own story that he doesn't see the need to bring it to life. No change in voice for different characters. No special or marked emphasis to express emotion or mood. Very boring, dry, and disappointing narration.


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    elida elmendorf, TX, United States 10-30-12
    elida elmendorf, TX, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great!"
    What did you love best about Lord of the Flies?

    My son is dyslexic and this story was great for him. It was easy for him to follow the story. It was a great story for the whole family to share together.


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    Sally Del Rio, TX, United States 10-18-12
    Sally Del Rio, TX, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Boring performance - Boring book"
    What disappointed you about Lord of the Flies?

    Lord of the Flies is not a pleasure read. The only reason I read this is that it is on the required reading list at school.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have several books pending, including the Hunger Games.


    What didn’t you like about William Golding’s performance?

    He is so monotone and slow!!!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. The Lord of the Flies needs to be retired.


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    Kevin Madera, CA, United States 10-02-12
    Kevin Madera, CA, United States 10-02-12
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    "Wow, I am Hurt"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved this book as a kid and want to re-read it but the narrorator is hard to listen too. Very painful and makes the book hard to get through


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He is horrible


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    Susannah 09-06-12
    Susannah 09-06-12
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    "Bad idea to have the author read this book"

    In general, I love listening to author's read their work, and William Golding's personal introduction to this audiobook was very interesting, but he was a poor narrator. He doesn't read at an even tempo, and sometimes swallows words, and overall doesn't seem that into reading his book. The story was a disappointment as a long time fan of this genre - doesn't bring much new to the genre fifty years later.

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    Denise Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 09-01-12
    Denise Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2005
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    "The Narrator Seems Bored with the Story"

    I couldn't get through this book because the narrator seemed so bored with the story. I'm going to try again reading it the old fashioned way.

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