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Book Supplement, Audiobook, Unabridged
"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren't yet to come. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Grade 8 Up-Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a classic science fiction work that continues to be a significant warning to our society today. Tony Britton, the reader, does an excellent job of portraying clinical detachment as the true nature of the human incubators is revealed. The tone lightens during the vacation to the wilderness and the contrast is even more striking. Each character is given a separate personality by Britton's voices. As the story moves from clinical detachment to the human interest of Bernard, the nonconformist, and John, the "Savage," listeners are drawn more deeply into the plot. Finally, the reasoned tones of the Controller explain away all of John's arguments against the civilization, leading to John's death as he cannot reconcile his beliefs to theirs.The abridgement is very well done, and the overall message of the novel is clearly presented. The advanced vocabulary and complex themes lend themselves to class discussion and further research. There is sure to be demand for this classic in schools and public libraries.
Pat Griffith, Schlow Memorial Library, State College, PA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very hard to believe that this was written in 1932. He missed the Internet, but only WIlliam Gibson really saw that coming. But the rest is so perfect for 2015. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Robert C. Berring
A perfectly scary book. I usually read before I sleep, and this book caused all kinds of crazy and freaky dreams. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Marc Baldwin
It was an interesting book, however, I would not recommend it for students under the 10th gradePublished 5 days ago by Debora
2.5 Ending aside, I. Glad that I finally read this classic. I shudder to think what the author would make of the state of the world now, considering this was written in the '30's. Read morePublished 6 days ago by BarriBomb
Arrived quickly and in specified condition. Very good book, dealing with the philosophical quandaries of technology, human interaction equality and homogeneity.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer