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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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    Amazon Customer 05-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not for me"
    Would you try another book from Aldous Huxley and/or Michael York?

    Yes- I like to try to listen/read classics. This just did not capture my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel a bit unsophisticated because this is the 2nd classic in a row I could not finish. I did not care about the characters and the story was not interesting enough to keep me listening although I did like Michael York as the narrator.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Bluffton, SC, United States 03-31-12
    Kindle Customer Bluffton, SC, United States 03-31-12

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    "Michael York's narration couldn't save this book."

    Although I seem to be in the minority here, I wasn’t a big fan of the highly acclaimed, dystopian cult classic BRAVE NEW WORLD. I just didn’t get it... well, I “got it” but I don’t get what all the hype is about.

    In BRAVE NEW WORLD the people of the new “Civilized” world believe they are happy because they want for nothing. All needs are met and all pleasures are provided to them, including mood altering drugs and constant casual sex (everyone belongs to everyone), while marriage and religion are dirty words. They live in a class system that is programed (brainwashed) into them from conception, of which by the way, happens in a lab, no mommies and daddies. But are they honestly happy? Can they be? These people lack any true individualism, connection, passion or actual choice; so really they are a society of glorified meat robots. Then there are the Savages that live in small tribe like communities outside Civilization. These are a Native American-like people with a mesh of religions, cultures and a traditional moral standard. At about the halfway point in the book, the two societies cross paths… and the reader may now commence comparisons. So who’s better?...Really they’re both a mess.

    All that, being what it is... a utopia with a definite philosophy (agenda) on how society would best be run, fine I’ll except all that, the concept itself holds some interest, but for me it was the execution of BRAVE NEW WORLD that bombed. The story felt…disheveled and scattered and most importantly I felt no connection at all to any of the characters. Really I couldn’t care less what happened to any of them. They were so flat and uninteresting that, in the end, I just felt the read as a whole was pretty boring

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 01-25-11
    Dean 01-25-11 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "read on the recommendation of another book."

    Read this at the inspiration of.....reading GW Bush's book decision points, and well...glad I did. This was an amazing glimpse of what today (80 years after it was written) is a very believable future. The idea the people will opt for comfort over everything else. Control of the press, drug the people, tell them all that it is for their own good, remove any differances, and eliminate the family. Then you findout there is no more strife, and that no one is human anymore.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Don Three Rivers, US, Canada 12-11-08
    Don Three Rivers, US, Canada 12-11-08
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    "A Great Listen"

    Michael York does an excellent job of reading. I highly recommend this audio. Better than a half-gram of soma :-)

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey veals 05-19-17

    I'm an aspiring fiction writer and lover of books. I write thoughtful, HONEST reviews. Whether you agree or not, I am sincere with them.

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    "Better than 1984"
    What did you love best about Brave New World?

    I always thought this book was a better example of life to come than 1984 by George Orwell, and this is my favorite classic piece of literature of all time. It has a storyline and the fearful future that everyone should be watching out for. I guess my favorite part of this book would be how scary accurate it is to our current world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Same Question.


    Which character – as performed by Michael York – was your favorite?

    I've always liked John the Savage, even though he wasn't necessarily huge in the story.


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

    I'm going to tweak this a little, because this definitely wasn't moving in any way. The ability for the characters to just zonk out and it be totally legal and encouraged was horrifying. I think it has such strong ties to our current problem with substance abuse in America and other parts of the world that I found it to be an important part to mention in this review.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is going to be dense and that's why I prefer to read it as a physical book. However, Michael York is a professional actor and did an amazing job with this rendition. If you can get past Huxley's incredible, but dense prose, you'll really enjoy this book. Plus, it's so important to read, especially now. It was relavent when I read it over a decade ago and it's IMPERATIVE to read in the year 2017.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan 03-02-16
    Nathan 03-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Voices got to me"

    This is a good story. The narrator's delivery ultimately led me to choose not to finish the book. There are too many poorly done female characters and whiny lines that make it hard to listen to.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Weirton, WV 26062 04-10-15
    Jared Weirton, WV 26062 04-10-15 Member Since 2012

    Husband, father, lifter, recovering alcoholic

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    "Fascinating world but the story was lacking."

    I really liked the world the writer has created. It was very well developed and easy to picture. However the story wasn't any good. It's almost like the story was an after thought. None of the characters were likable so I really had nothing invested in what happened to them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-17-14 Member Since 2016

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Nowhere near as powerful as Orwell's 1984."

    Brave New World is often help up as being the partner of 1984. Both have different versions of dystopian futures where humanity loses its individuality to a faceless system that destroys independent thought.

    1984 stuck with me long after I read it, but Brave New World never touched me on an emotional level. I found it redundant, slow and boring. I also think that the book failed to make it's point.

    Huxley examines the world government that is based on control through pleasure-induced apathy, without ever providing evidence as to why it was a bad system. We're just supposed to take it on faith that it is. Art is gone, and passion is gone, even love is gone... which is appalling on its face. But that's a subjective reaction on the part of the reader. I love my family and I can't imagine being happy in world without families... but objectively, and undeniably these people ARE happy.

    What we don't hear about is the progress of the sciences outside of the sciences which support the system of control. Is humanity still exploring the universe? Are we learning and progressing as a species? In 1984, the answer to these questions was an obvious "no". Humans and humanity as a whole were getting stupider. In Brave New World we know they're being systematically cut off from literature and art... basically all the "humanities" subjects. But what about everything else?

    There is plenty to think about here, but while 1984 is a perfect 5-star book in my opinion, Brave New World falls short. Still an important read, and an interesting cautionary tale.


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    Tammy 07-31-14
    Tammy 07-31-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a daily commuter, 1 hour each way. Audible rides shotgun with me every day. The time flies by when I am listening to a good book.

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    "Misogynistic New World"

    Women in the future seem to be little more than "STRUMPETS" according to John Savage. I really liked the first half of the book and was firmly on Bernard's side. In fact, I pictured one of my favorite actors, Martin Freeman, as Bernard. However, when Bernard and Lenina visited the reservation and found Linda and John Savage, it all began to unravel for me. I wanted to root for John Savage but found that I could not even like him. It was hard to believe that in all the progress of the brave, new world that Linda could not have found some way to be rescued from the reservation. The women in the book are portrayed as shallow and empty headed and I could not get any sense of character from them at all. I enjoyed Michael York's narration of the book. I'm glad I read this classic but won't revisit it again.

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    "Orgy Porgy!"

    How did I not read this before? Michael York is great! The book is a little dated (some cringe-inducing racial slurs & oh the rampant sexism) but really is a hoot. (Where are our
    personal helicopters, anyway?!? Isn't it about time?}

    It did bother me how messed up John Savage is. That point of Huxley's I honestly don't understand.

    But I now know what soma means.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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
  • Joseph
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    2/15/17
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    "Dystopian nightmare that seems so current"

    Well what can I say.
    Its a true dystopian nightmare.
    Huxley manages to create a world that is deeply darkly depressing. Any redeeming feature found in Orwell's masterpiece 1984 is lost.
    Family torn from memory and people breed and created then decanted to serve whatever purpose the society needs.
    The use of drugs / Soma to ease the pain and lack of love and hope is chilling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neema Soni
    2/12/17
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    "Volume too loud then too quiet."

    very difficult to concentrate on story when one minute being deafened then literally next sentence too quiet to even hear. shame as I love this story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ilse
    2/9/17
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    "Thought provoking"

    Very thought provoking and disturbing.
    The narrator's female impressions were quite annoying and very nagging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/30/17
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    "sometimes frustratingly voiced"

    sometimes frustratingly voiced, but excellent story that has a real feeling of relevance in the present climate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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