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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)

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    loved it. I just finished it and I I'm so happy and devastated that I read it.

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    Jeremy Schwarz 11-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    fantastic book! played it for my 2 kids 11 and 12. they loved it. really well narrated!

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    Samuel Omaha, NE 10-22-17
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    I was initially reluctant to give this book a try--I was concerned that it would be overly scientific and would feel like a homework assignment. I couldn't have been more wrong! This isn't a book, it's a journey. I found me self so utterly enveloped in the story that I HAD to finish it. By two in the morning (when I have finally finished) I was more than ready to jump back in and start from the beginning. This is book is a must!

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    Teri LaFleur 10-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    enjoyed the story and performance. missed this in school, surprised how much reference too sex was included, but worth reading.

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    Blair Kenney 09-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    This book was amazing. I listened to it all in one go. It was so sad, but so good.

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    Chris 09-27-17
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    I never thought I'd feel so bad for a character in a book, but this guy brings the story alive.

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    3 major themes make this too long. How his family dealt with retardation, emotional and sexual growth, and the fundamental issues with increased intelligence.

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    "Touching Story"

    Great book touching on many ethical, philosophical and societal questions regarding the very essence of our norms and principles on people born with disabilities. Great insights and powerful ideas.

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    Amazon Customer APO, AE, US 08-06-17
    Amazon Customer APO, AE, US 08-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    Incredibly touching and skillfully performed.

    Quality science fiction, which possesses a gripping element of humanity.

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    It was emotional and sad, but I was glad that he had acceptance in the end and had gotten a chance to see both sides of life.

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