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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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Great listen, great book!

Excellent book, very well performed. The story is incredible and its enhanced by the reader's ability to get into the persona on the many characters in the book.
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  • Jess N
  • Missoula, MT
  • 11-13-17

A classic I'd never consumed. Glad I did...I think

The age of this book was clear throughout it's writing, but I believe it still worth the time invested to listen to it.

Starting by immediately by dropping the listener/reader into a production facility modeled after Ford's assembly-line manufacturing, although for humans took me a bit to grasp, but perhaps that's the point.

From there you meet some key players as you learn more about the potential future world as Huxley imagined it some 85 years ago. Some of his fantasies aren't far off, as is often the case with science fiction.

Although some of the content may be a bit dated, the underlying ideological tug-of-war and competing philosophies of life, society, individuality, convenience, effort, work, recreation and happiness still resonate.

I'm not certain I'd agree with the title and call this dystopia brave, perhaps quite the opposite. You should check it out and decide.

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This eutopia that’s actually a dystopia

I loved this story the first time I read it, and Michael York’s reading just gives it that added flavor of a “happy” world gone all wrong. A true jewel. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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Hits close to home

Written in 1939 as a dystopian novel about the future, this novel describes our modern society better than many accounts of contemporaries. From the lack of god and passion in a technological world to those who use drugs to escape it, this book is great food for thought and will have you questioning the very cornerstones of our world. Well worth the 9 hours. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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Timeless Classic

I've always heard about this book but never actually read or listened to it. I almost can't believe it is 75 years old. This book has so many timeless topics and it almost seems more relevant today than ever. I am also impressed that even the technology is presented in a believable way that could pass for today's world or one in the distant future. It was a fun listen with a great performance by Michael York. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a look at a scary, if not plausible, future.

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Perhaps a Utopia

I read all the classic utopias in about three months while in high school, many years ago, Fort help me. So they tend to blend together in the haze of memory. I was thinking about a scene one night and had a hard time deciding which book it came from. It was from I decided "Brave New World". The next morning Audio was giving it away, kismet. I reread it.

Well, you get a whole different sense of things as an adult then as a child. Sorry, that's young adult who knows everything. And no one knows how I feel. For one thing I see this as a true attempt at utopia. Try to make everyone fit. If they can't give them a place they can make fit them.

From our perspective, or maybe just mine as an old adult, this world seams pointless. Why keep going there will be no difference between the world today and one hundred years from now. It is in balance and all the types of people and the attitudes that are there are needed for that. BUT mistake were made, and there in lies the tale.

Ultimately this book is a question. Can man live in harmonious perfection? Or perhaps the question should be can a man fine happiness in a world he was not born to, made for? The author has given his opinion. Do you have one?

NOW WHY I REALLY WROTE THIS REVIEW!

The end of this book, not giving anything away, is quiet reflective like the ticking of a clock. . . . . then. . . . HI THERE THIS IS AUDIBLE AND I AM SO GIDDY I AM JUMPING OUT OF MY SKIN.

OK who edited this book??? Like I said mistakes were made, but the story is over we don't need them now. Turn the signature down!

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It’s a classic

I’m not sure how I went this long without reading this classic. Wasn’t a major set back because while it has “classic” status, it’s all too predictable today.

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Book unchanged - but I'm a different man now.

I read this book more than 50 years ago. Found it interesting (I was more hopeful then. Now I see an outlook that reflects our continuing decline). I do not think many of our dreams will be realized. I did enjoy Mr. Yorks narration though.

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Sensational

It was unique to consider the authers estimate of what the future held in store. He hadnt accounted for the way captalism now holds us hostage from real breakthroughs in human accomplishment.

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  • ML
  • 11-10-17

This is a classic?

This was a tough book to get through. I won't deny Aldous Huxley's ability to create a world and deftly give birth to the characters within...but, this book was difficult to read. I think part of it may have to do with the thick descriptions often given for a variety of situations and scenes. Though I think much of my trudge through the pages would have to be because of the dislikable society that the pages teamed with.

It is true to it's goal of creating a true dystopian society, but in that success brought about a real sluggish read. Perhaps it was my own bias in how well the society was described. It was very well crafted! But, I hated EVERYONE in it!

I have to say, I totally agree with the reaction of the character at the very end. If you've read this book, you know what I mean.

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