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Flowers for Algernon Audiobook

Flowers for Algernon

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Publisher's Summary

Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon. Meanwhile, each day Charlie keeps a diary of what is happening to him. This is his poignant record of the startling changes in his mind and his life.

Flowers for Algernon was first published as a short story, but soon received wide acclaim as it appeared in anthologies, as a television special, and as an award-winning motion picture, Charly. In its final, expanded form, this haunting story won the Nebula Award for the Best Novel of the Year. Through Jeff Woodman's narration, it now becomes an unforgettable audio experience.

©1966 Daniel Keyes; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1966

"A tale that is convincing, suspectful and touching." (The New York Times)

What Members Say

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    Laura 05-16-17
    Laura 05-16-17
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    "Poignant"

    This is a beautiful, sad, poignant story that grasps your heart and squeezes. I read this story many years ago and never forgot it. I "read" it again with audible and it is just as touching and beautiful.

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    W. Swore 05-02-17
    W. Swore 05-02-17 Member Since 2015

    mrs farm girl

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    "Beautiful and memorable"

    What is lost or gained as intelligence changes? As the main character goes through a transformation, we live it with him and even the narration flows with the change. Totally captured me.

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    Darlene G Pickup 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating but sad"

    A great book that really makes you think and care about the main character. The only downside is that it might be the saddest book I've ever read. I don't know. Read it yourself and give it a review. Maybe it just really hit home for me and it won't affect you as much.

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    Zachary 03-12-17
    Zachary 03-12-17
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    "Just great"

    Sad, and I got into the story right away. Narrated amazingly, and definitely is worth the time.

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    Andrew J Corley 03-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book. Short story better."

    I had read the short story many years back and feel it was more impactful in that format. The novel was fine but it was better as a short story. The audiobook performance was very good.

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    Abby 03-10-17
    Abby 03-10-17 Member Since 2014

    A-book-a-day Audio listener, mother, grandmother, citizen of the world, dog lover, kayaker, windsurfer, eccentric, eclectic semi- recluse...

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    "Second listen"

    and it was superb all over again. I can highly recommend this book to anyone

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    JAYNE C. RICHARDS 02-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "An important listen"

    Sheesh. My reading goals for the last couple of years have been to read books that make me think, feel, and to read classics that somehow slipped through my early reading life (whether through avoidance or ignorance).

    This book delivers all the thinks and feels in spades. And, it's a classic to boot, so it checks off all my boxes.

    This book was written in 1959, a time when people with mental disabilities were not understood, and often feared and ridiculed. I grew up in the years that followed this time and have vague memories of the mistreatment of a girl in my class whose mother was a professor, and who would now probably be placed on the autism spectrum. Listening to Charlie's experiences brought back my sadness to see how she was mistreated. I think I took up for her with our peer group when I knew about the mistreatment, but there was nothing I could do when adults mistreated her, and I know that there were some who did. I remember her mother berating her in the hallway once and how sad she looked. That memory troubles me to this day, and it was deeply buried until I read this book.

    Wow, that got deep really fast, didn't it?

    Anyway, where Charlie and Algernon are concerned, I think this is an important book to listen to in order to remind ourselves of our humanity. And, perhaps to reflect on how far we've come in the treatment of the developmentally disabled, and how far we still need to go.

    Listening to Charlie's voice come full circle was excruciating and sad and necessary. You'll need Kleenex.

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    Tess 02-21-17
    Tess 02-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth it for the performance alone"

    Jeff Woodman brings this sci-fi classic to heartbreaking life. The best audio narrations extrapolate on content that was already there, and Woodman succeeds totally.

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    Amazon Customer NM 02-20-17
    Amazon Customer NM 02-20-17 Member Since 2013

    Andi

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    "Flowers for Algernon"

    I really, needed to understand what it was about why all of my friends really love this book, and now I understand Charlie is a genuine person, someone I wished wasn't fictional

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    Me Antioch, CA United States 02-18-17
    Me Antioch, CA United States 02-18-17

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    "Simply awesome"

    A wonderful story with awesome narration. When I wasn't reading it I would be pulled back in because I needed to know how Charlie was doing.

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