CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956, through September 22, 1957, and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The program regularly featured the works of the world's greatest writers, including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany, and Ambrose Bierce.
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As a teacher I am always looking for something interesting to do with the novels that we read in class. Many of my students have difficulty with Brave New World, so as a treat we listened to this version of BNW in class. The students loved it, some even admitted that listening to the novel helped them to understand the novel and now are actually reading it (and liking it).
This one hour production doesn't cover every detail of the book, but it "hits the highlights" and serves as a great refresher (especially for someone who has read the book long ago).
It's a rather enjoyable if highly styled audio experience, with all the drama, sound effects, and melodramatic acting style of the time at which it was originally recorded. Gives a bit of Huxley's perspective, too, as he speaks at the intro to each 30-minute segment.
To students hoping to listen to this one-hour broadcast instead of reading (or listening to) the full novel: this will NOT suffice as a full replacement for the novel if your goal is to pass a detailed test on the novel. It's a great book and you'll be missing out if you rely solely on this broadcast. On the other hand, if you are truly not a reader or you are simply terribly pressed for time, you could do worse than to combine this one-hour broadcast with a decent study guide.
This only contains part 1 of the story. It should have made that clear before I purchased it. It's a radio broadcast that takes an intermission half way through the story, but this recording does not contain the second half.
This is such a large abridgement that it didnt even begin to tell the story. I was very dissapointed.
It was just too short. I did not communicate the idea and meaning of the full book.
Dissappointment. I loved reading this book many years ago - but this version just left me cold.
Skip this one.
"A great performance"
I had to read this book for my degree (like so many others) and this dramatised version definitely help in producing a visual reference in my mind. Some of the sound effects and music are a little strange and dated, but if you haven't read Brave New World you should really check out this version.
"Short but enjoyable"
I didn't realise how short this would be, I should probably read the details more. The dramatisation is a little dated but I think it stands the test of time. The story is great though and this is definitely worth a listen
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