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 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.
this book is wonderful. Daniel Keyes has made a book that is a triumph if the human spirit.
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely, it may change their perspective on the handicapped as well as themselves.
The ending was really solid, I'm glad the author never backed down each time his publishers wanted him to change it.
Although I found it slightly annoying at first (more revealing of myself) he really adapts to the characters intellectual level throughout the book.
Sure, it's worth a listen.
Iv'e never read anything like it.
Well my favourite character was probably Alice, but performance wise, Charlie Gordon easily.
The bit leading up to Charlie freeing Algernon
Not a happy book, or even hopeful, but a good book. Well worth the time and money.
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