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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)

What Members Say

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    EricS 09-07-16
    EricS 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful reader"
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    The narrator did a wonderful job on this title. I didn't even realize how he was gradually changing Charlie's voice until I was well into the story.
    Of course, it's not a happy story - bittersweet, perhaps. But definitely worth the listen.

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    Ian Trimble 09-07-16
    Ian Trimble 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "exceptional book, exceptional narrator. Timeless"

    this book is wonderful. Daniel Keyes has made a book that is a triumph if the human spirit.

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    Amazon Customer 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    The narrator did a great job portraying the emotions in the story. Will listen again.

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    Austyn M. 09-03-16
    Austyn M. 09-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Overwhelmingly powerful"

    Such a beautiful insight into the human mind, told in such a creative and moving way.
    Jeff Woodman did an outstanding reading

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    R. Maines 09-03-16
    R. Maines 09-03-16
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    "Heartbreaking"

    Even though I had never read the book I knew how this story would end. Still, Charley's decline as the operation that gave him intelligence starts to fail still has an emotional punch. It's a classic of scifi literature and deservedly so.

    Narration was good and understandable at x2 playback speed.

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    Gene Waxman - Web Guru 09-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliantly sad and poignant classic..."

    A journey through a man's evolution of himself who gains uber genius intelligence and the story of how he briefly finds out who he is and his dealing with the reversal of this genius. It's a powerful heartbreaking story that keeps you listening from start to finish.

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    readytolearn 09-02-16
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    "Painfully poignant"

    Having grown up with a mentally-challenged parent, the experiences Charlie goes through provide a different perspective to mental illness. As a family, we managed to carve out a life that was "normal" until electroconvulsive therapy was tried. From that point my mother was never the same. Once a talented seamstress and homemaker, she was barely able to sew, cook, or care for her family much less herself.

    The story is a reminder of how fragile we all are. Highly recommended read.

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    Amazon Customer 09-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Flowers For Algernon"

    Amazing story, though it made me a bit sad. the audio book is also recorded and performed very well.

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    JPoirx 08-23-16
    JPoirx 08-23-16
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    "I wish I had this to read back in school"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, it may change their perspective on the handicapped as well as themselves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending was really solid, I'm glad the author never backed down each time his publishers wanted him to change it.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Although I found it slightly annoying at first (more revealing of myself) he really adapts to the characters intellectual level throughout the book.


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    Reinhold 08-20-16
    Reinhold 08-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Kind of depressing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure, it's worth a listen.


    What other book might you compare Flowers for Algernon to and why?

    Iv'e never read anything like it.


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

    Well my favourite character was probably Alice, but performance wise, Charlie Gordon easily.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The bit leading up to Charlie freeing Algernon


    Any additional comments?

    Not a happy book, or even hopeful, but a good book. Well worth the time and money.

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