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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

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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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Thought provoking. Angering maybe. Worth a listen.

Like:
-Interesting to see a dystopia focused on people and feelings as a society, not just individual.
Dislike:
-the work did not age well. People fly around in personal copters instead of cars but read books with pages. You don’t need to give birth ever to create a human but there’s still radio and newspapers.

Performance part was great. Pleasure to listen to and fun to follow. Michael York did a great job, I thought.

This book made me think. It evokes emotion. I did not always agree with the author on good/bad ideology but the fact that I got angry a few times makes me think this work is worth it.

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Transcends Time

Hadn't realized the original text copyright date until the end. Reminds me a lot of Fahrenheit 451, so before it's time. Great performance. "Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry"

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Unhappy story plot but very well written and read

I am not much of a fan of sci-fi, so the beginning of this book was a struggle with the whole idea of the lack of freedom to be born however we will be born, but nevertheless I continued to listen to it till the very end.
It not only made me appreciate how creatively well written was the subject matter as well as very well read, but towards the end I could see why the human race could potentially end up in a world like the one described in the book.
I have to admit though that the self inflicted torture passages did not improve the book at all, just as I find them completely unnecessary in movies.

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All over the place

I got lost with the jumping that the book did. i believe it is hard to lessen to it. i do not recommend this book

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  • Mark
  • University Place, WA
  • 11-08-17

Painful

This book has been on my list of older titles to “get to.” The story is good just told in an other-worldish fashion making it relatively unpleasant to follow. Michael York’s performance was, however stellar!

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Not what I expected...

The story to me was OK. Due it it being written in an earlier time, I get the significance the story must have been as a truly ground breaking work back then. However, I never felt like I wanted to stay glued to the book until completion. The performance was well done, and I think that is why I would recommend it.

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Interesting book

I wish the reader wouldn't fluctuate his volume so violently, it makes it hard to find the setting.

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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.