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Brave New World

 

Written by: Aldous Huxley
Narrated by: Michael York
Genres: Dystopia | Science Fiction
Published: 16th of January, 2008
Length: 8 Hours 1 Minutes

 

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When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging 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 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

 

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Frightfully Well Through Out Dystopian Future from 1938
Before this audiobook, I'd only ever read this story once... years ago now on my Kindle. Apparently, I had forgotten a rather alarming amount of what happens, to the point I'm now wondering if I ever actually finished it.

First published in 1938, Huxley paints a bleak future for mankind. Having taken the principals of Henry Ford to heart, mankind has streamlined the production of humans so they're now hatched, rather than born. The production line produces anywhere from Alpha++ humans (the best and brightest) down to the Epsilons, the barely sentient being who do the grunt work.

This astonishingly well thought out dystopia still holds up well today. Sure, there are a few references to old-tech in the high-tech world, but it was 1938, so I think his vision was still top rate.

It's hard to sympathise with any of the characters if I'm being frank. Damaged as they were, nobody I believe really was the hero of the story. Even the "savage" from the savage reservation that is found and brought back to civilisation, he too is hard to like.

John (the savage) is obviously written to juxtapose the civilised people, to throw into stark relief how bad and Hypno-conditioned they are... but is he really any better?

The narrator, Michael York, I thought did a fantastic job. There were quite a few different dialects and accents he had to deliver, and he did them well. Each character is given a distinct sound.

All up, a great story that I'm glad I had another go at... because I honestly didn't remember most of it!

 

 

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