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
The magic of this story is in the development, the progression, of Algernon; his growth from fumbling retard (perhaps a politically incorrect word, but precise to the time of the book) to an eloquent adult and beyond. It's incredible to hear this development, as read by Woodman, and I can't imagine it being as incredible of a journey had I had to read it myself, trying to manage the right pronunciation...
I love how this book develops, as simple as that. You see the world as Algernon sees it in every step and it's incredible to see the same world from so many different perspectives.
This story is not light and entertaining, but I am glad that I listened to it. It really did make me think about how society sees persons with mental challenges, or any types of handicaps or differences for that matter. It also said a lot about how important companionship and friendships are. Don't expect to feel better after listening to this book - it's not a feel-good book - but I think it's worth listening to.
This is the first fiction I've listened to and its a bit difficult to rate it against a book on say: "Quantum Mechanics." I'm going to start reading a lot more fiction. This book was an insightful joy.
It's a bit late for that.
I loved "Charlie" the movie but the saying was never truer: The book was better.
This book is often described as science fiction but personally I regard it as a novel with the plot being driven by one key fictional scientific advancement.
Charlie is by far the driving force of this novel and as such is the focus of positive attention.
I'm thrilled by Woodman's relatively straight interpretation of Charlie. I was worried I would be unable to listen to this if it was narrated by someone pretending to be retarded.
There was a film made of this book. It was a very watered down version of the story but still a good film.
There is a technical issue in the recording. I assume the original recording was done on tape. There is a kind of feedback that has this ethereal tape echo vibe to it. It is only really noticeable during the pauses between some sentences but it is still present enough to avoid being ignored.
The movie of this book obviously was wonderful. That is why I waned to get this selection. But for once, the movie was more enjoyable. Cliff Robertson's portrayal of the experimental subject was warm, a character you really would like. In the book, this character did not seem to enjoy the gift he was given. He was angry, driven to the degree that he did not become a nice person. Granted I am not going to tell an author how to do it better, but I just could not becme sympathetic to the main character.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
When you sell movie rights to book, on average the book will be better. In this case no. I remember the movie, Charley, where Cliff Robertson played the lead role. His portrayal elevated the story to one of my all time favorites. As an analogy I would rate the Shawshank Redemption better as a movie than a Stephen King book. So skip this and find a copy of movie. It will bring tears to your eyes.
The story is a classic and the performace matches the story. The narrator is able to match Charlie's progression and decline to highlight the story.
an excellent listen
Very well written and believable, a complete cycle.
When the hero lets out Algernon at the conference.
I would have liked to, but it was too long to do that.
I highly recommend this book.
Once I get through all my books I will listen to this one again. It was good, kept my interest.
Love the emotions that Charlie went through. I like the books ending better than the movies.
Jeff Woodman did a super job. Love his interpretation of all the people in the story.
Saw the movie many years ago and now listened to the book. Loved both.
I have read this book many times. It's a fascinating story of how scientists think they can improve a mentally challenged person's life by operating on him and raise his IQ. The best part for me was when Charlie Gordon realizes that he was a whole person even when he was still "retarded". Saw the movie years ago as well where some of the plot line was changed but still loved it as well.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content