Brave New World

Written by:
Aldous Huxley
Narrated by:
Michael York

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
342
Narrator
39
Release Date
January 2008
Duration
8 hours 0 minutes
Summary
Originally published in 1932, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before.

“One of the most prophetic dystopian works of the 20th century” —Wall Street Journal

Cloning, feel-good drugs, antiaging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media—has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller’s genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 AF (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, Brave New World is both a warning to be heeded and thought-provoking yet satisfying entertainment.
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Anonymous

The narrator (Michael York) is excellent. He does multiple accents and characters with ease. His performance is fluid and note perfect. Ignore the philistines in the review section who critique his narration. They clearly don't understand the nuances of his performance and how hard it is to perform several different characters with different accents at the same time.

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Russell Long

This was a very good book. Brought about some very interesting thoughts and questions about humanity. Though the narrator is good... I would NOT suggest listening to this in the car. He gets very dynamic, very quiet followed by very loud. Probably great to listen to in the home. But, driving down the highway I was constantly changing the volume.

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Debbie M.

Crazy book about what a brave new world would be like if people had a “better idea “ of how the world should be. York did a fantastic job narrating.

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Douglas H.

a classic. well worth listening to.

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Kyle A.

I am curious about 3 things concerning this book: 1. I wonder about what Huxley's spirituality was like; Was he secular, or was he spiritual? 2. As far as society is, if Huxley were alive today, would he see somethings that he would say was close to what he wrote about? 3. As far as The United States of America, the debate is that we're either becoming like this society, or like the society of Orwell's 1984. By what I'm seeing, we're becoming a combination of the 2. What do you think?

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Terence N.

Superb futurologist view from the original novel. Unabridged a positive though very sexist and racist as it was Betty much of its day .. a historical piece

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Jeremy Fisher

I have often felt that Orwell and Huxley were having a quiet conversation. If you read this, you should read 1984 right after. It is a shame they are not sold as a set.

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Regan T.

It was a delight and a privilege to listen to this brilliantly animated reading by Michael York, who, it's interesting to note, starred in the clearly Brave New World-inspired film Logan's Run (1976).

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Anonymous

a definite read

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Franklin M.

Excellent book. A classic. Gives a new perspective on society and what is acceptable.

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Anonymous

The old fashioned narration ruined the entire story and was a challenge to listen to as a result. I would recommend a different narrator/reader/vo actor if digesting as an audio book. Very disappointing.

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Mark H.

It’s hard returning to a classic after at least two decades but it doesn’t disappoint. I remember my profound inward shock At what humanity is capable of even if this is a book published between the two world wars and after the Great Depression. The parallels with our modern world are powerful. Well worth a revisit if you have read before. The narration I agree with other reviewers is challenging at times. At no point did I think it detracted from the story or the message of the book (most listened in my car on a commute or when walking the dog).

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David C.

So, so, a bit of a disappointment, I have read better classics. Did like some literary lines like everyone belongs to everyone else’. You can find parallels in this book to society today but slow moving. Not an easy read/listen.

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Shaun R.

Loved it! The very beginning is a bit dry and "sciency", but it picks up quickly and soon you'll want to cancel all your plans for the next 7 hours!

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Gilbert Sanchez

Did not enjoy this book at all. Might of been the narration but it was a ridiculous story and I have no idea why this is a classic literature must read. Narration done by Michael York is the worst that I have heard ever on a audiobook. Would not recommend this audiobook to anyone who is listening to it in traffic as I do. Unless you want to be annoyed even further!

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Jamin Mahoney

Maybe it's a classic and my opinion doesn't matter. But wow, this book was booooring.

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