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Publisher's Summary

Get ready for an adventure tale in its purest form, a thrilling and elegantly told account of a group of British schoolboys marooned on a tropical island. Alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, devoid of adult supervision or rules, the boys begin to forge their own society, their own rules, their own rituals. With this seemingly romantic premise, and through the seemingly innocent acts of children, Golding exposes the duality of human nature itself: the dark, eternal divide between order and chaos, intellect and instinct, structure and savagery.
©1954 William Golding; (P)2002 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Lord of the Flies gives the reader a lucid and chillingly objective mirror to our modern society. William Golding's narration is as impartial as his work, yet his grumbly, grandfatherly voice, complete with mid-sentence sniffs and swallows, is intimate." (AudioFile)

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Why I don't remember this from high school

The author should not have read this book, his voice is monotone, making the story sometimes hard to follow. Other than that, the story was good though it is definitely a younger leaders book. There's good reason for it being a classic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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tradition

struggled to finish the piece, narrator was monotone, what do they still make children read this?

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With the Author's Notes and In His Voice

Perhaps one of the best delights in audible is when they manage to get audiobooks from the actual author. I love hearing this version from Golding, because this book is so raw already that when it comes from his mouth it creates life. He also adds brief but meaningful insight, adding a deeper volume to the text.
As for the book itself, it defines lawlessness in about 6 1/2 hours.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 11-08-10

OK, but...

As noted, author not great reader. Doesn't change voices for different characters, so hard to tell who's saying what at times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Book.....Great Listen

I read this story as a child and loved it then. It was riveting and disturbing at the same time. Mr Golding created a great story of the differences we face in our world of diversity. Good intentions turned ugly by man's own lust for power. The cruelty of life can be seen on a school playground or a deserted island. By understanding the conflict the author portrays to us, we better understand ourselves. Complex beings prone to external influences in a cruel universe, but always enlightened to a sense of reality.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worth reading

I vaguely remember seeing the movie and after hearing the reference in another book, I thought I would give it a listen. I figured that the author would provide insight into the book that other narrators couldn't provide, but I wasn't impressed with him. His voice got old after a while.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dawn
  • Fort Smith, AR, USA
  • 08-27-07

Wonderfully relevant!

This is one of my all time favorites! The illustrated struggle between man and himself is personified by the beasts in nature and the beast within his own soul! I home school my gifted son (11) and I am so glad that I chose this book for his in-class reading. I know that I don't have to mention the convenience of listening to a book, but the ability to follow along to the voice of the author is a special treat! Further, William Golding has a knack for reading his story almost as well as it is written!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Aaron
  • Rochester, MN, USA
  • 02-17-05

This book is crazy good!

I used to work as a wildland firefighter. The way their society degrades mirrors fire camp as the tour reaches twenty-plus days. I think everyone who has worked in a "high testosterone" occupation will see parallels between this book and their work environment. I think it actually applies to a lot more situations ? it was just obvious from my perspective. I could even match the characters in the book to the characters I have worked with. Anyway, I recommend this book to everyone.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Kyle
  • Swansea, IL, USA
  • 12-26-07

Awesome

This is a great book, and this is the perfect audiobook for it.
It's actually read by the author, which is pretty awesome. And it's really nice, because the author refuses to do voices and stuff, which usually ruins an audiobook for me. :)

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 05-02-09

What an incredible treat!

Listening to this author read his work is a special treat, adding a wonderful new dimension to this already powerful novel. I read this novel as a 7th grader and am now enjoying experiencing it with my 7th grade son during our daily commute. I wish I'd had the opportunity to hear Golding read his novel before I read it. Truly a magnificent and insightful work.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful