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Brave New World Audiobook

Brave New World [Audiobook]

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    mitch 10-16-16
    mitch 10-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great classic story"

    I hadn't read this book in years and now spend every night behind the wheel. It was great to listen to this story and enjoy it once more. The only pitfall was the overly dramatic reading. For the most part I enjoy a dramatic reading. This reading was done well most of the time but there were overly drawn out sections that were off putting. All in all it is a great story and held up in spite of a colorful read.

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    T Cyr Missoula, MT United States 10-13-16
    T Cyr Missoula, MT United States 10-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Visionary Look Into The Future Via 1932"

    The story is well written, the reading is excellent, but this is a very difficult audio book to listen to and follow along. It clips along at a brisk pace and so many new concepts and ideas are introduced in such fresh terms, that it is difficult to comprehend what is actually happening most of the time. I was new to the story and knew very little about it when I began listening. I ended up researching it on Spark Notes to comprehend the plot line and who all the character were. Even then it was difficult to comprehend what was happening at times; certainly one not to be listened to while doing other activities. I think the story must have been so brilliant for it's time, and it is fun to listen to things he visualized for the future, now, and how they have morphed into or away from our current social norm. Loved this aspect of it! It's one I would have to listen to again to fully comprehend the significance of it's brilliance. This one will take some work!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dimitri 10-10-16
    Dimitri 10-10-16
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    "Great Book"

    Definitely worth the read. An interesting twist on society for sure, not to mention for the time it was written.

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    Marco Berry 10-04-16
    Marco Berry 10-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Practically perfect in every way"
    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    Michael York is a commensurate actor and it showed with his wide range of styles and reading. it truly felt like a production rather than a reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brave New World?

    The very end, while describing the decent to madness that the new world drive the character to and his eventual suicide.


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

    He brings life to the scenes. It wasn't just a slight change to an obvious voice. I frequently had to listen closely to be sure that it wasn't a fully cast reading. It was beautiful.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Comfort Through Stability.


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    Anthony I. Levero 09-29-16
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    "Prophetic"

    For a book written in 1932 it had an creepy vision of the future. It's characters tried to eliminate all pain in life and ended up with something much more horrifying.

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    JeremyS 09-29-16
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    "excellent!"

    really good performance and the story is great. I'm suprised this isn't a movie. it made me think of that quote from dead poets society where he is talking about persuits that sustain life vs the arts, music, poetry, providing the reason TO live. without that the purpose of life is just to continue to exist.

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    Ze'ev Yanay 09-24-16
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    "A brilliant disutopia"

    Important book, but not the most captivating storyline. York's preformance is impecable. Don't miss it.

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    Bjartur 09-18-16
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    "Great book"

    You know the story, it's a classic that just seems to get more relevant as time passes by.
    Great performance by Michael York, but maybe a tiny bit too theatrical in places.
    Annoying and loud "This has been an audible recording for..." not more then a second after the very delicate ending almost ruined it though.

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    Krystian Grzesik 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Meh."

    Went in thinking 1984, came out thinking north south west east.

    It's nothing special. Thought it would provide more thought but it's just a good place with one guy that's different.

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    Adriana Fernandez 08-11-16
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    "timeless and outdated at the same time"

    besides the slut-shaming and elitist Christian undertones, Huxley's classic novel still carries significant weight in the criticism of society's modern functions, even today.

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