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Lord of the Flies | [William Golding]

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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    Morgan Sachse, TX, United States 04-01-11
    Morgan Sachse, TX, United States 04-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent!"

    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.

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    So Fain 03-02-11
    So Fain 03-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book! But maybe..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josef Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-17-11
    Josef Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-17-11
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    "Excellent Purchase"

    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!!

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    Brian Memphis, TN, United States 02-01-11
    Brian Memphis, TN, United States 02-01-11
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    "Good book, poorly read"

    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.

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    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 01-03-11
    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Don't let righters read audio books"

    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

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    James Canistota, SD, United States 09-09-10
    James Canistota, SD, United States 09-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Good"

    Lord of the Flies is a great story. I have all of my eigth grade students read it. They always enjoy it.

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    Charlotte Fort Collins, CO, USA 04-30-10
    Charlotte Fort Collins, CO, USA 04-30-10
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    "Fantastic"

    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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    Ryan Gambo, Newfoundland & Lab, Canada 02-16-10
    Ryan Gambo, Newfoundland & Lab, Canada 02-16-10
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    "Lord of the Flies"

    Really did not like this one. The reader was kinda annoying. The kids did not like it either... Not recommended

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    Paul Austin, TX, USA 01-02-05
    Paul Austin, TX, USA 01-02-05
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    "awesome book"

    Bollocks to the rules!

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    Randall Roseville, CA, United States 04-25-09
    Randall Roseville, CA, United States 04-25-09 Member Since 2003
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    "classic"

    Another must read classic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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