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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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Boring

I listened for 10 minutes and got bored, so I never got back to it.

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simply amazing

an incredible look at a futuristic dystopia/ Utopia and the harm to liberty that can come with having all you want at no price.

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Prescient Even Back In The 1930s

While I have read this book and have listened to another audiobook of it from another narrator, Michael York's rendition is quite good. Given our current societal problems with an opioid use addiction and the push to legalize other mind altering drugs, one wonders if Huxley had a crystal ball in which to see the early 21st century.

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Had a hard time

Probably before it’s time, but definitely out of sync with today. I tried to enjoy this from a historical perspective and what it might have meant to readers at the time. Ultimately for me it was just a really odd story and was hard to connect to.

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Terrible

Waste of time. Worst book I've ever listened to. i understand this is supposed to be a classic and the pre runner for dystopian works, but at no point did I enjoy this book.

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It was a struggle.

I struggled to finish this book. Mr York did a fine job giving life to a book with a difficult story line.

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Horrible!

Struggled to finish. Horrible story! Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Wouldn't even share it!

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I’m a word, bizarre.

I should start by saying that this book doesn’t fall into the usual genres I choose books from, but it was free so I gave it a shot. That being said, I really don’t understand all the great reviews this book is getting. For starters the book starts off with a strange and extremely detailed analysis of a fictional process by which human beings are being mass produced in a facility, for nearly an hour you listen to this lecture of sorts about the process of creating human beings at a mass production level without much clue as to why the process is necessary or what the purpose of it is, this does become clear before the actual story starts but nonetheless it was, for me, a very off putting way to begin a story. We then sequence into a disorienting array of conversations in which we switch between different characters very rapidly, so rapidly in fact that for a good 20 minutes or so it goes a little something like this: 2 lines of dialogue, switch characters, 3 lines of dialogue, switch characters, 1 line, switch, 4 lines, switch...you get the idea. If you can make it through all that the story normalizes quite a bit and I can see how it would be enjoyable to some, but there’s still a major drawback for me. At no point in the book did I feel any sort of emotion or connection to the characters, despite the fact that the narrator did a very good job, I felt as if the book was written in monotone. Oh there was drama sure but none of it really pulled me in, I just could not for the life of me connect with any of the characters. I’ve seen some reviews that describe it as a dark comedy, I’m a pretty big fan of dark humor but did not so much as chuckle softly. What’s more is the fact that the end of the book felt very anti-climactic, but I won’t go into details there because I really can’t without spoilers. Again, this is all just my opinion of a book I definitely wouldn’t have read if it wasn’t free, I’m sure from its rating and other reviews that many people will enjoy it, just not my cup of tea. In this listeners opinion, Michael York’s performance was the only redeeming quality about this audiobook, would not recommend to anyone who expects action or major conflict, but if you enjoy dystopian settings and high society drama give it a shot.

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Took a long time to make any sense

The concept was so far from reality that I struggled with understanding the point of some parts but the narrator was amazing!

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not for everyone

So this sounded like a book I would probably enjoy. It had the scifi futuristic "utopian" society and interesting characters. Where it fell flat for me was the ending... It didnt really have an ending. The story just kind of stopped. It left me confused and asking myself what i had just listened to and why had I wasted my time. It left me feeling very unsatisfied and wanting more, if for no other reason than to give the characters a definitive ending.
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