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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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    Anthony 01-01-16
    Anthony 01-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic! As riveting as the first time I read it"

    As riveting as the first time I read it. Listened to it with my son during a road trip to Colorado and discussed it for hours.

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    Douglas C. Marbourg Santa Fe, NM 08-28-15
    Douglas C. Marbourg Santa Fe, NM 08-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "WIllian Golding should stay an author!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This has to be the worst audio experience I've ever encountered. Golding's writings need no introduction. Superb. His narrating skills however are simply deplorable. He actually seems bored at times while he finishes a page. "Piggy......Piggy...Come here........Piggy!"

    Save your money...And save your kids the torture of listening to this audio book. Shame a wonderful story like this is ruined by the authors inability to narrate. I'm very surprised that his publishing company and/or his publicist allowed this to go on sale. I'm asking for a refund as I simply could not finish. I'd rather listen to nails on a chalk board!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    O'yea! Un-listenable!


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    Amazon Customer 08-23-15
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    "No wonder this is a classic"

    I had to read this for my English class over summer break and while I don't like reading especially over vacation I decided to get the audiobook. The performance of the narrator really captured the emotions of the characters. This is a very well written book that everybody should read. The message of a lawless society being bound to fail is great.

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    Peterpaniam 08-05-15
    Peterpaniam 08-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "With the Author's Notes and In His Voice"

    Perhaps one of the best delights in audible is when they manage to get audiobooks from the actual author. I love hearing this version from Golding, because this book is so raw already that when it comes from his mouth it creates life. He also adds brief but meaningful insight, adding a deeper volume to the text.
    As for the book itself, it defines lawlessness in about 6 1/2 hours.

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    Charles Carson Phoenix, AZ USA 06-21-15
    Charles Carson Phoenix, AZ USA 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    It's always interesting to have the author read the story but there are better story readers out there.

    Classic book and the insights by Golding at the beginning and end make it worth the purchase.

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    Nick 05-19-15
    Nick 05-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Listen to this book"

    Great read by the author. Fantastic look out societal breakdown. A must read for everyone.

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    Amazon Customer 05-13-15 Member Since 2015

    New at audible....amazed by the possibilities to increase a lot the quantity of book I can touch!

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    "wonderfull history! bad performance"

    i really enjoy this book ans the story on it. ubfortunately the performance of the writer reading was not as good as the book.

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    Patrick Weldon Louisiana 04-30-15
    Patrick Weldon Louisiana 04-30-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "Unfortunately It Just Doesn't Hold Up."
    Would you try another book from William Golding and/or William Golding?

    Lord of the Flies was written in 1952. Unfortunately it just doesn't hold up. The story, while intriguing, falls apart by the writers endless long-winded polysyllabic verbiage. Instead of using a few appropriate adjectives, he just goes on and on, and on, and on. In his attempt to sound sesquipedalian, he falls short of keeping the story flowing. And in so doing, the jest of the story, is bogged down, and sinks. The story, the book, may be a "classic" but so was Canterbury Tales. Would you want to listen to it? Probably not.


    Has Lord of the Flies turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, the "story" is a good one, but 60 years is a long time. I can't really recommend it to anyone now.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lord of the Flies?

    Take the story, rewrite it from a modern perspective.


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    Katie 04-22-15
    Katie 04-22-15 Member Since 2012

    I am a middle school teacher! I like mostly young adult books.

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    "Why government?!"

    I enjoyed this quite well and think it would be great for my Civics class to read when we are looking at the need for laws/government!!

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    James C. Poland 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Needs a trained voice "

    I think this book could have benefited by having a professional do the performance. The author's accent is not too bad but in many parts of story it lacks passion.

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