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Flowers for Algernon Audiobook

Flowers for Algernon

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Publisher's Summary

Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon. Meanwhile, each day Charlie keeps a diary of what is happening to him. This is his poignant record of the startling changes in his mind and his life.

Flowers for Algernon was first published as a short story, but soon received wide acclaim as it appeared in anthologies, as a television special, and as an award-winning motion picture, Charly. In its final, expanded form, this haunting story won the Nebula Award for the Best Novel of the Year. Through Jeff Woodman's narration, it now becomes an unforgettable audio experience.

©1966 Daniel Keyes; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1966

"A tale that is convincing, suspectful and touching." (The New York Times)

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    Ron United States 10-05-12
    Ron United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "First book that ever made me cry..."

    I first read this book when I was a kid--thanks to lots of older brothers and sisters bringing their books home from upper grades--and it was the first time I'd ever read a book that made me cry. Hearing Jeff Woodman's brilliant character reading and narration made it come alive in the way it had when I read it so many years ago. His presentation is authentic New Yorker and hauntingly childlike and tinged with biting sarcasm when appropriate. The net effect of this audiobook is less of a read and more of a life-changing experience...which is how it was the first time I read the book.

    It occurs to me that Flowers For Algernon has shaped the person I've become more than I'd ever remembered.

    And memory is, after all, what this story is all about.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Giuseppe Barbesino 04-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "great novel"

    This is a great and well designed story it captured me slowly but firmly as the book proceeded. An interesting psychological novel on three major topics:
    a) The secret horrors of the life of mentally less able persons.
    b) The potentially devastating effect of being too intelligent.
    c) The Hubris in science
    All characters are interesting and lively, vivid, especially the main one and the women he interacts with. The plot has many turns and interesting viewpoints on the life of the main character.
    It is also very well narrated, with an almost neutral tone, but still well characterized individual voices. I warmly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 03-16-12
    Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 03-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great narration of science fiction classic"

    I think that this story lost some of it's punch for me as I knew so much about it before I started reading. Perhaps I would have preferred the short-story version, as I found that the story dragged in sections.

    The narrator does an excellent job of trying to portray Charlie's various levels of intelligence with his voice, versus the use of spelling errors and the like in the text version.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kryton2725 Fort Wayne, IN USA 10-26-11
    Kryton2725 Fort Wayne, IN USA 10-26-11 Member Since 2007

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    "GET READY TO CRY!"

    It won't seem like it a first.. but if you're not distracted.... and you let yourself feel the story... you will be moved... so much so... I dare say... that everything you ever thought about those less fortunate than you are... will slowly melt away...This is a beautiful... sad... story.. worth every spare minute of your time... I don't want to ruin it for you... but... you need to know... that it will enrich your soul... and... it will break your heart...

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    E. B. 05-17-14
    E. B. 05-17-14
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    "What a fantastic book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, defiantly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions were nice and the narration was superb! But most of all the way the character went back and forth with himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the character told the reader that him and Alice had more in just a short time then most people had in a lifetime.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am not an emotional person per say, but this story has a way of making you really rethink and analyze the emotions of the character.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a brilliant story! It opens and takes hold and doesn't let you go until the close. What a fantastically thought out and wonderful read!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 06-07-14
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 06-07-14
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    "Beautifully written"

    This is a beautifully written book, and even if you know how it is going to end it is a joy to hear how the author creates the arc of Charlie's experience. The narrator does a fine job of creating the characters in the story, but mostly in finding the perfect voice for Charlie each step of the way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-06-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-06-14 Member Since 2016

    Rob Thomas

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    "An interesting and original story"

    This was one of those books I told myself I'd read someday. I'm glad I finally did. It is a nice, though now interestingly dated, story written from an unusual perspective. It gives you a chance to examine your empahy as well. I don't want to spoil the plot for you, so I won't say much more.

    I will say if you enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, you'll find this somewhat similar and likely will enjoy Flowers for Algernon.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 04-26-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A Moving Story"
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    Really good book! I wish science had come that far. You have to love Charlie with all that he went through. I cried alot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alejandra Viaduc 01-20-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic!"
    What made the experience of listening to Flowers for Algernon the most enjoyable?

    Charlie changes and morphs a lot through this story. I love that the narrator changed with Charlie. It helped to capture what was going on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a very quick read that will make you feel something, and think something. Guaranteed.
    The honest emotion behind Charlie is so pure and believable, and it evolves so well as the story progresses.
    I also love that we are reading Charlie's diary the whole time. It adds another level of ethical dilemma to the story.
    Should we be doing this? And SHOULD we be DOING this??! (Science playing God, and reading someone else's diary.)


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Charlie! He's the main event, so that makes sense.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A journey inside an evolving mind.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 10-21-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Moving Story"

    I wasn't sure how I would rate this book until the end. Upon reflection of the total story, I decided I really liked it. The narration was excellent and you could tell exactly when Charlie progressed and regressed. A bittersweet, thought provoking story. I'm sure I didn't think of it on this level when I first read it as a youth. I'm glad I decided on the re-read as an adult.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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