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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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    Nathan KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 08-11-16
    Nathan KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 08-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Awful voice acting"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    William Shatner levels of overacting.


    Any additional comments?

    Screechy character voices, weird accents for no reason. Story is fine but performance was the pits.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John Cliver Raleigh, NC USA 07-30-13
    John Cliver Raleigh, NC USA 07-30-13 Member Since 2013
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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
    ESK Moscow, Russia 07-22-12 Member Since 2011

    There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

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    "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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    RichInRI 03-22-10
    RichInRI 03-22-10
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    "i did not enjoy this presentation at all"

    as a matter of fact, i couldn't even finish the book. having read the book in my youth, i was looking forward to experiencing it again, but the manner in which the book was read grated on me. as much as i tried to look past the annoying presentation, i found myself becoming more and more annoyed. to say he least, it was an utter disappointment.

    42 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 01-24-14
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2011

    I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    "How did this become a classic?"

    There's no getting around it, Brave New World is a bad book. It's the story of a world where humans are engineered to fit a specific purpose and the engineering doesn't end after birth. The characters have come to accept this life, even the scheduling of their free time and the people they have relationships with, as normal. Our main character shifts halfway through the book to a man born on a reservation who is known as the savage. Then he comes into conflict with the New World.

    That's the plot, but here's the juice: it's boring. The characters never challenge the world, they rarely come into conflict with its boundaries, and frankly, they're boring. They don't grow or want to grow in any significant way. The conflict only happens when the savage comes to the city, and even then it's too little and way too late. Not only that, but Michael York is an okay narrator - but his American accent is atrocious.

    This stock is a definite Don't Buy.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Salimata Arlington, VA, USA 12-31-08
    Salimata Arlington, VA, USA 12-31-08
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    "Reading can kill writing"

    This CD could put you right off this fundamental book.
    Personalized accents, hysterical shoutings, whinings, singings, supposedly used to bring life, don't bring anything, just make the book unbearable after a few minutes.
    Advice : (1) if you want to avoid irritation and reach the end, you should plan short listening sequences ; (2) never buy an audiobook without prior listening and comparing.

    40 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 01-12-14
    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 01-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "so much premise, so little plot"

    Ok, it's a classic so definitely a book with deep things to say. Generally I like the classics outside a classroom setting, but I'm just not sure this book was all I was hoping it was going to be. The first half of the book (give or take) is almost entirely consumed with setting the scene of a dystopian future (can you really call it dystopia if the people living in it are 'happy'?). I think the second half was supposed to be plot, but I couldn't really tell. There were a number of main characters, but none of them really seemed to be the 'hero' of the story, or even the focus of the story. There were tons of plot holes and loose ends, and some oddities in the society described (seriously this homogeneous society is ok with just sending the intellectuals off to a random island and hoping they never cause trouble? It just doesn't ring true to me) which betray this book for what it is: not so much a book but an extended discussion of a hypothetical future. It is an interesting concept, and one of those things that you can sort of see happening in a frightening future. Long story short: listen to it, contemplate the overall concept, don't expect a riveting plot.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Dallas, Texas, United States 06-22-13
    Laura Dallas, Texas, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "It's a classic for a reason!!"
    Would you listen to Brave New World again? Why?

    Yes because I feel it serves such a strong warning against allowing the government to rule and regulate that which is inherently flawed and as a result, beautiful and perfectly created. When the government oversteps nature, a chain reaction ensues.


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

    The detail the author provides leaves the reader which powerful imagery and leaves very little to the imagination in the sense the reader does not have to supplement with what might be false or misguided images. For example, when describing the hatchery, the author is certain to mention in detail the process and in essence sets up a great foundation for the reader to better understand the actions of those that stemmed from the hatchery.


    Have you listened to any of Michael York’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but I had always "heard" this book in American English and it was brilliant to hear it in its native tongue if you will as the story is centered in London.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The narrator was very vivacious, animated and energetic. Some of the most touching moments included the dynamic of John and "Linder" or Linda.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this to everyone. This book is a good "starting point" for those getting into current affairs. This is a true foreshadow of events that have occurred that the author hit on years prior but a closer look reveals that "Big Brother" and conditioning are amongst us. To have free thought is to be a strong reader and this supports such. Happy reading!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James Neptune City, NJ, United States 03-08-11
    James Neptune City, NJ, United States 03-08-11
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    "Classic for a reason"

    Scary how timeless this book is. I read it in high school and really didn't give it much thought but now as an adult who is aware to the outside world this book will scare the pants off of you. It would not take the society to many steps to get to where they are in the book (I guess that is the genius of it). Great book, a classic for a reason and worth your time. I strongly reccomend giving it a listen even if you read it years ago as I did.
    Oh and I am not some conspiracy theorist nut job either, just in case I came across that way.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Justin OMAHA, NE, United States 06-15-09
    Justin OMAHA, NE, United States 06-15-09 Member Since 2017
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    "a twisted story!"

    i greatly enjoyed this book. though parts were a little shuffled for an audio version and made it a little tough to hang onto the story, it was well narrated. the story itself is a twisted story that is sure to open eyes to the way we live today.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Sharon
    3/14/15
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    "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
  • Gargamel
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    3/26/13
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    "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
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    7/11/08
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    "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
  • Jose_Loria
    6/5/17
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    "Classic story ruined by terrible voice actor"

    This is one of my favourite books of all time but the narrator is one the worst I've ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    5/10/17
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    "One of those books that you HAVE to read / listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Brave New World to be better than the print version?

    Its amazing and has so much drama so yes


    What other book might you compare Brave New World to, and why?

    It is best in class for dystopian future novel and so ahead of its time


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

    It made me laugh and cry and more importantly it made me think about what we are all doing and why we are here


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best book ever written / read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr C Smith
    4/25/17
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    "Interesting story"

    Michael York's narration is irritating to point of making this book almost too difficult to complete. There is no subtlety in his voicing of the savage and no sense of growing anger. The Mummerset accent he uses is poorly played and ill judged. Other characters also seem to be in a permanent state of near frenzy and come across as childish. Perhaps the point but there is now development of their feelings. All in all a good story spoilt by a poor narrator in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander
    4/11/17
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    "Prefer the style of 1984"

    Everyone recommends reading this book after 1984, but I was slightly disappointed. Even acknowledging the fact that it was intended as a kind of satire of its time, did not make up for the tone of the book. Perhaps it was the overacting of the narrator that made it seem so over-the-top.

    The concept of course is amazingly well thought out, especially given the time it was written. However, the key difference between this book and 1984 is that with the latter I felt that it really could have been an alternate future if history had evolved differently. This book was a bit too exaggerated for me to truly take it seriously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/23/17
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    "Visionary and scary"

    I enjoyed the performance very much, but above all the story could not be more pertinent to our near future than this; replace the replicas with robots and there you have it.
    Clearly shows a very plausible future highlighting the dangers ahead of us and the emergence of new autocratic and elitist classes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lauren
    3/1/17
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    "So relevant!"

    Really surprised at how something written in 1930s is so crazily relevant today. highly recommend. Short and punchy and really well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R
    2/26/17
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    "wow "

    I purchased this before recent events and I am blown away by the relevance. Fantastic and we'll read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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