©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)
Good story. Horrible narrator.
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.
Anger that I had to listen to Golding spew out every word.
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.
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.
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
Piggy - who was eventually murdered sadly
NO NO NO NO
dark unpleasant story
i'm a man without conviction
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.
If the author/narrator would have sounded more interested in what he was reading.
No idea since I couldn't even get through the first chapter.
The author sounded bored, annoyed, like he was being paid to read this book he wrote but was not happy to do it.
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.
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.
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.
I have several books pending, including the Hunger Games.
He is so monotone and slow!!!
No. The Lord of the Flies needs to be retired.
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
He is horrible
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.
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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