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When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

©1932 Aldous Huxley; ©1998 BBC Audiobooks America; (P)2003 BBC Audiobooks America

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"British actor Michael York's refined and dramatic reading captures both the tone and the spirit of Huxley's masterpiece." (AudioFile)

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Why is this in my library?

I wasn't a fan when Apple put a U2 album in my music library and I'm not a fan of Audible putting this in my library with no way to remove it. Please don't do it again, Audible!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worst book ever.

Made absolutely no sense. Pure jibberish. I have a really weird mind and I could not follow. I tried for zero stars but it wouldn’t let me.

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Horrible narrator

Great storyline as most of huxley's work, but the man reading it for audible, was obnoxious and failed to narrate the story in a pleasing and accurate way.

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bad buy

I deleted the book after 2 chapters. It is not in my wheel house. I don't even remember buying it. What a waste.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Depressing

It's like a train wreck you can't look away or stop listening. Decent job by the narrator but I did not enjoy the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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disgusting

I have a zero-tolerance for child abuse in books. Very early we see infants elecrocuted for conditioning. I also refuse to have anything involving children in a sexual nature as a csa survivor. Very angry bad words.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible

This book makes no sense just sexual inference and baby killing, babies having sex. So much junk! I am glad I got this as a free download.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Voices got to me

This is a good story. The narrator's delivery ultimately led me to choose not to finish the book. There are too many poorly done female characters and whiny lines that make it hard to listen to.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A remarkable work

Aldous Huxley presents a world so... Sci-fi, it's hard to believe it was first released in 1932. It succeeds in providing a detailed picture of a world where genetic modification is the commonplace way to provide societal stability. We find ourselves outsiders to the morality and values that must be maintained to accept this way of life but I think it's ultimately less a question of right/wrong but more about the nature of humanity, the value of human life and individuality (and yes, our sense of right and wrong).

Where I feel this book falls short is in the enjoyability of the story. It has been a few years since I read it, so I can't be too detailed here but I definitely remember loving the book through the first half. As I drew near to the end, however, the story lost steam and I found myself trudging through the last chapters. When I finally got to the end, I just felt bad and had lost the enthusiasm for talking about the complex ideas presented by this futuristic society that seemed so interesting when I started.

I give it 3 stars. Good book not great. Not the kind of book that I'll probably read more than once.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • ESK
  • Moscow, Russia
  • 07-22-12

Fantastic job!

Would you consider the audio edition of Brave New World to be better than the print version?

What a blasphemous question to ask!

What did you like best about this story?

It looks real. That's human nature never to learn from your mistakes.

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

The narrator did a brilliant job of bringing the characters to life. He had no problem with the female character as well.

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

I loved every minute of it. And to Michael York's credit, the experience will stick in my memory.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • 03-14-15

Great book.

Brilliant! This is not the sort of thing I normally read, but thoroughly enjoyed it. The narration is great, each character is very distinctive making the story very easy to follow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Gargamel
  • 03-26-13

Great book, some volume issues

First of all, this is a great book which I recommend. I do think there is a problem with the sound volume however, in that the volume difference between the most quiet and the loudest parts is too big. I listen a lot while commuting and I had to frequently lower the volume at the loud parts, and increase the volume at the most quiet parts to save my ears / be able to hear. I think it would have been clever if the publishers edited or mixed the sound to prevent that.



I don't think that should stop you from listening to this book still. Because it's great.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirstine
  • 07-11-08

A classic, but period piece

I read this book many, many years ago when it still had resonance for many fearing the emergence of regimented, totalitarian, mainly communist, states. Being set in the distant future it contains all sorts of predictions about technology and how societies function. It's funny to read it again and to see how things have turned out and how technology like mobile phones and computers simply weren't envisaged in the 1930s. Although it's force has in many ways been superceded by events, it's still a classic and fascinating read.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • M K.
  • 11-08-17

One of the Classics of course...

I really need to read/listen to some more of the Classics and this was definitely a good start... I got stuck on Fantasy and SciFi but its nice to take a break sometimes ...
Micheal York is fantastic, as one might expect, and I found pleasure in following the trail of the storyline with him...
The description given when browsing the titles available is accurate and I dont feel I can add anything to it...
Most enjoyable...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-17

Poor Narration

The story is excellent and is both thought provoking and amusing. However, the narration lets this book down. Michael York makes every character sound like something out of an Aardman Animation.

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  • Morgoth
  • 10-18-17

A hard listen

A good book, but a difficult listen. You’ll need to put effort into it. It’s also pretty bleak, but it does offer an insight into the way the world is heading, Ali g with 1984, and so on that basis it is a must. .

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  • Elinor Squire
  • 10-16-17

Thought provoking

Well read, a very good performance by the narrator. This book really makes you think.

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  • LEO
  • 10-04-17

fantastic book and narration.

loved it, narration really brings the characters to life. Very well written and makes you think

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  • Peter
  • 09-11-17

A True Classic.

I really enjoyed my second reading of this classic novel. The first time I read this I was doing my O-levels at school and read it for my English literature O-level. Parts of the story of remained with me over the years, especially some of the ideas contained within it about the shape of the future. Frighteningly prescient. I was a little wary about whether I would enjoy the narration, as some of the reviews I'd read of this were scathing about Michael York's performance. However I found he did tremendous job. Some of the criticisms complained that he would adopt strange accents to personify the various characters, and that this was perhaps over the top and unnecessary. One reviewer went so far as to say that he sounded hysterical. I feel that this was a device deliberately employed by York to make a reading of the novel more easily understood. There is one place in particular which is near the beginning of the book, where the narrative jumps from one place to another as a literary effect. York's use of various accents at this point made it far easier to follow. I can understand how some people might have found his performance slightly hysterical at times but I found those sections humorous, and feel it actually helped the process of bringing the novel to life as some of the passages really are quite comical. Aldous Huxley's use of language is second to none and some sections are a real delight to behold. Overall I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this production of a really classic piece of literature.

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  • ian vaughan
  • 09-11-17

A bit annoying

What did you like best about Brave New World? What did you like least?

I really wanted to like this, and I did enjoy the very interesting dystopian feel of the book. Some of the writing style came across as annoying and difficult to listen to in audiobook format, and the narration did detract from the content at times.<br/><br/>Overall it is worth reading/listening to just to see what would have had the readership at time of release reeling in horror in this vision of the future. I couldn't help feeling that many folk today would be more than happy with the society depicted here - have a look and see.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

mm....

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

performance was quite off putting at times due to the accents and drawl of some characters

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  • Owen Neochi
  • 08-05-15

interesting concepts about society

Not a bad read, but you need to see past the archaic attempts at describing future technology.
A bit slow at the start

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  • karleen
  • 09-26-16

Don't bother

Wouldn't recommend this book. Poor story line, very boring, I wish I had that 8 hours of my life back! I had high hopes, it being listed as a classic, but it didn't deliver. None of the characters were likeable. There was so much lead up in the first half of the book and the second half went nowhere and crumpled.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful