A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys’ delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour starts to take on a murderous, savage significance.
©1954 William Golding (P)2009 Canongate Books in partnership with Faber and Faber Ltd
Another classic that I have been seeking on audio to add to my library for a while. This one because I had read it as a boy and enjoyed it greatly and wanted to add it to my rotating library of repeat listens. It makes it to that list very very easily.
The basic story is probably fairly well known. Group of boys. Desert Island. Add some time and wait for chaos to reign. I remembered that much from my boyhood read but there are layers here that I didn't get as a spotty teen.
And I'm coming to the conclusion that this is what makes a great book great.
Every time you read it it makes you think about some element of it differently and see some feature in a new light. Ostensibly this is a book about how small boys will happily become savages if left without authority. It is also wider, deeper and longer than that if you pause the recoding every now and then and let your mind wander over a scene for a few minutes and think about whatever else it throws into your head. Bit like tasting a good wine where you can (I'm told - cheap plonk man myself) start to seperate out individual notes from the flavour. "I'm getting - the beginnings of religion - the draw of superstition - mans inhumanity to man.........."
That said , if all you want is a good book with a good story well told and well read then this will do that for you too. Just that there is more there if you want it.
Martin Jarvis does an excellent job on the narration.
There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin
It's a story of spiralling down into savagery and brutality, a story of making a choice between good and evil, peace and war, God and Satan. The name Lord of the flies is actually translated as Beelzebul, one of the three main fallen angels along with Lucifer and Astaroth.
It is revolting to see how quickly and without compunction children can lose their innocence and become unruly bloodthirsty criminals.
As for the narrator, I was overwhelmed listening to M. Jarvis' performance. His rendition was exceptional.
I have no idea.
The voice of piggy grated on my nerves.
I wouldn't put anyone else through reading this.
Disappointment and regret.
This one just wasn't for me.
"Not a single word wasted."
Being uneducated and semi-literate, Lord of The Flies has been one of the many books floating around in the ether that was unlikely for me ever to read. It turns out that my nephew, who is also my ward along with his four siblings, must study it for his Junior Certificate state examinations in Ireland. So I got the audiobook. I'm sure, like many people, I have had a vague idea of what it was about. I didn't realise that it was so modern, what with aeroplanes and televisions etc. What impressed me was the simplicity in the style of writing. I'm sure that this book is not abridgeable, unlike Victor Hugo and even my dear sweet Charles Dickens, and in truth William Golding has not wasted a single word. As to Martin Jarvis, here is an actor who can really bring a book to life, he reads beautifully and interprets characters brilliantly. I would highly recommend this audiobook.
"lord of the flies"
I read this book when I was 11 and enjoyed it then so I thought that it would be nice to give it another try and I must say it was just as enjoyable this time round, I found that I just had to keep reading until I had finished it. A great read, sad and funny.
This reading suits perfectly the dramatic story that unfolds. The pace at which the story is told does justice to the powerful atmosphere that Golding creates. I played the death scenes to class while they were studying it and it made the story all the most accessible to them.
Martin Jarvis did a very good job here, bringing the characters to life. A pleasure to listen to.
I really enjoyed this book it gripped me throughout. The reader was fantastic and there was very little that didnt add to the story.
"There's a reason it's a classic"
A very well told story of descent into savagery. This is one of those "I really should read" books, which I am very glad I did.
Every part of this story is etched into my mind by the author's descriptive artistry brought to life by Martin Jarvis' exceptional story telling. I can still see Piggy quite clearly when I recollect the book, along with the pig trails in the jungle and the boys camp next to the shallow rock pool.
If you have any desire to read this book then I doubt it will be a disappointment.
"A modern classic enjoyed once again"
It's a great story well written and well delivered so it's in my top three of all the audible books I've listened to so far.
It has to be Simon, a shy, sensitive boy in the group. He is probably the only naturally “good” character on the island, behaves kindly toward the younger boys and is willing to work for the good of their community. He represents a kind of natural goodness, as opposed to the unbridled evil of Jack and the imposed morality of civilization represented by Ralph and Piggy.
It has to be final scene. I've read this book (twice) before, and I've now listened to it, and it still brings a tear to my eye.
No, this is the kind of book you want to savour.
Incredibly well written and thought provoking. A modern classic.
we are studying 5this book in English and it is brilliant. It tells the story of a group of boys who start off normal but eventually become savages due to the beast THEMSELVES!!!
"Well worth a listen"
The first kill
I read this as a teenager, I'm 56 now, but I found I emphasised with the characters because of Martin Jarvis's narration more than I did at first reading.
"Wonderful & enjoyable listen."
The performance was engaging and convincing, with a story to rival most distopian tales.
Ralph and Piggy were brilliantly played. The difficulties of leadership, the skill of political advice and the importance of personality in politics were beautifully revealed in their relationship. An excellent pair of characters.
The scenes as the 'hunters' set up camp, create rituals and traditions are both eerie and evocative. We are at once transported into a frightening parallel universe of childhood play gone very wrong. A brilliant text & well acted.
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