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Lord of the Flies Audiobook

Lord of the Flies

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    David G Villarreal 02-08-17
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    "long live piggy"

    Excellent narration. William Golding brings the story to life. The parallels to the crowd mentality and how powerful it can be are wonderful. Piggy was my favorite character.

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    Sherry Chicago 01-21-17
    Sherry Chicago 01-21-17
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    "Americans..."

    There is no issue with this book and the author himself reading it aloud. This issue is the audience and the audience alone. I had no trouble with he himself reading the book and I think it's appropriate as this is set mid-20th Century with ENGLISH children. His dialect is appropriate.

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    Seth 01-13-17
    Seth 01-13-17
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    "Boring narration"

    William Golding read his own novel with the intensity of a sock knitting sloth. The story is very interesting but I would have preferred to read it myself or have a different narrator.

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    Edward Flowers 01-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Comment on "lord of the flies""

    This book leaves it to the imagination. The way the narrator tells the story makes all the difference. This is a great one!

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    me 01-06-17
    me 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great book"

    I especially enjoyed the narrator was the author. his commentary before and after were a nice touch

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    Windy Nights Baton Rouge, LA USA 12-04-16
    Windy Nights Baton Rouge, LA USA 12-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lord of the Flies... Speaks to all of us"

    I originally read this book in high school. The images and metaphors stayed with me these past forty years, and I was intrigued to listen to the book on Audible, read by the author himself.

    This story always comes to mind during times that reflect that tendency of human nature toward a darker, group bullying side. The recent 2016 presidential election, for example; or cases of cyber bullying, or even hate filled negative comments on the web, freely administered behind the painted mask of anonymity. How easily it would be to become one of the "savages"... Once the first taunt is hurled and gang mentality takes over. It could happen to any of us.

    I recommend this book to anyone who is not yet aware or perhaps needs a reminder of the power of group 'sin'. For all of our finesse and learning, the temptation toward evil never goes away entirely.

    Told as a story about lost boys on an island, and the struggle for civility vs power, the author weaves a fascinating tale... With implications and warnings that easily apply to our own lives.

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    Kraig 12-01-16
    Kraig 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Catching His Breath"

    I absolutely love this book! my only complaint would be that William Golding sounded board at times which was emphasized by the very noticeable sound of him inhaling. Overall great read and a amazing story.

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    joeven 11-27-16
    joeven 11-27-16
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    "love it!"

    I really liked this book. I loved how this book flowed and this book had a good friendship that would stay together.

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    Monica 11-20-16
    Monica 11-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "the Lord of the flies"

    narrator could have had better character voices and more emotion his voice was very monotone and put me asleep a couple of times, the book was very confusing at first but pulled it back for a strong ending. wasn't as bad as I had heard nor expected

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    Hofforbucky 11-10-16
    Hofforbucky 11-10-16
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    "Without the rules, what have we got?"

    I appreciated that the author read the book, it gave it an original quality as though the characters were part of himself. A classic moral fable at its root that left me angry at times at the shadow of our humanity.

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