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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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classic

Another must read classic.

52 of 57 people found this review helpful

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great

I love how the narrator was the author.(William Golding) the story was also very memorable👍

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Classic story

I had to to read this book in school, and found it amazing. it brought back fond memories.
It is refreshing to hear the author reading his own story.
What a fascinating book and I say this book should be put in the schools for the kids of today and the future to enjoy.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Great story - bad narration

I love this tale. Read it years ago and so looked forward to hearing it. However, the author should NOT have read this book. Had some difficulties with his lack of expressions. Quality of sound improved a little after chapter 5. I hope that some day it is re-done with a different narrator (unabridged of course!).

84 of 109 people found this review helpful

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excellent

loved every minute. enjoyed the original authors tale with the personal forward. this was excellent

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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thought provoking

loved having the author read it. Gives a unique perspective and authenticity. Also love how he explains why he wrote it and what it means.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

I read this book as a child, but I didn't feel the same about it as I do now. I is really compelling and the picture it paints of society is still true today. I have found myself over and over again thinking of this book and how society behaves, it is so poignant. That is why this book is a classic and should be read by everyone.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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human nature

our true savage nature is exposed in this fast paced story about what we are capable of.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Josef
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 02-17-11

Excellent Purchase

This classic is read by none better than its author and Golding's brief explanation of how this novel came into being and his defense against critics who call him a sexist are brilliant! Bravo!!

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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writing - A+, narration - C

My first "read" of this book is in listening to this audio version. Although the writing is good, frankly, the narrator's voice lulls me to sleep. He sounds like he has marbles in his mouth much of the time. I respect the author highly, but not as a narrator. I am struggling to pay attention, wading through this classic.

48 of 70 people found this review helpful