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Island Audiobook

Island

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Publisher's Summary

In his final novel - which he considered his most important - Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years.

Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn't expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and - to his amazement - give him hope.

©1962 Aldous Huxley (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Island...holds the charm of Huxley's cultured prose and fertile mind." (The Guardian)

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    AndrewL 09-21-16
    AndrewL 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A great narration for a great book."

    Simon Vance does a great job of narrating Aldous Huxley's lesser known great work, Island. If you were like me and left slightly depressed by the dystopian universe portrayed in Huxley's more famous work, A Brave New World, then I highly recommend Island. The world of Island is the antithesis of A Brave New World, and lays out what Huxley viewed as a more perfect modern society. I'll leave my review there as to not spoil anything for you, just know that it's a good book, and that the quality of the narration is top notch.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ASL4U 03-13-17
    ASL4U 03-13-17
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    "Wonderful writing"

    This is a good book. I listened to the audio version - the reader was great but i think the book would better have been digested by reading the hard copy unstead of listening because of the "enlightenment" theme. You kinda need to slow down input in order to get the most out if a book like this. Glad i read it - may well come back and give it a second ho in hardcopy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sue ann celentano 03-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully crafted development of world"

    I've been searching for some answers of how I ought to live through literature for quite some time now, desperately searching. The focus on development of characters, beautiful descriptions of scenes and an inevitable quality based on the circumstances all come together to explore the concepts naturally. The messages themselves are also able to be practiced as you go, leading to a better appreciation for the piece of literature itself as Huxley's œuvre draws to an end.

    A comprehensive lesson on finding enjoyment in life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Robert Durfee 01-26-17
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    "This is next religion."

    This book must be mass distributed to the world. I bet if everyone got this book on there porch one morning the news would cover it. It definitely would blow up the social media and possibly cange the world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janelle 09-10-17
    Janelle 09-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A thoughtful, mesmerizing, story"

    I felt myself transported to the island, or at least dreaming of such a pleasure.

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    Fabian Schmidt 08-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A guide into buddhist philosophy disguised as novel"

    This book is tragically enlightening. If anybody has ever experimented with heart medicine they will rediscover themselves especially in the later chapters

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    spirit16 06-29-17
    spirit16 06-29-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Favorite Huxley work"

    Amazing book about self discovery, parallels to modern society, Utopianism, spiritualism and enlightenment. I highly recommend this book as a lighter more positive version of Huxley's Brave New World

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    Kevin 06-19-17
    Kevin 06-19-17
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    "1000 watts of darkness, visible"

    the firmament of one and understanding.
    in here out there and nowhere
    eternity, believe it or not it's real as shit
    a story of infinity transcendently packaged.

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    Adam Hammes 04-30-17
    Adam Hammes 04-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "love this book"

    reading the final chapter alone was worth the wait, possibly the best description of the indescribable I am familiar with

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    Billy 10-08-16
    Billy 10-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Huxley shows complications of symbiotic society"

    A work even more pertinent today than when he first conceived it...a must read for anyone interested in creative solutions to societal ills...

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