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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aldous Huxley Narrator: Michael York Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781482962154
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Originally published in 1932, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Huxley uses his erudite knowledge of human relations to compare our actual world with his prophetic fantasy of 1931. It is a frightening experience, indeed, to discover how much of his satirical prediction of a distant future became reality in so short a time.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Mr. Huxley is eloquent in his declaration of an artist’s faith in man, and it is his eloquence, bitter in attack, noble in defense, that, when one has closed the book, one remembers.”

    Saturday Review of Literature

  • “A classic science fiction work that continues to be a significant warning to our society today.”

    Library Journal

  • "Brave New World is one of the most influential genre classics of all time. Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever.”

    Dave Howe, president of SyFy

  • “As sparkling, as provocative, as brilliant...as the day it was published.”

    Martin Green, English-born writer, editor, and publisher

  • “British actor Michael York’s refined and dramatic reading captures both the tone and the spirit of Huxley’s masterpiece…An excellent performance of a classic and prescient twentieth-century novel.”

    AudioFile

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • #5 on Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Felton | 2/14/2014

    " Interesting story that definitely brings up a lot of good philosophical questions and thoughts. Will probably read it again in a few years to see if my view of it changes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Beebe | 2/12/2014

    " I was expecting it to be better but perhaps an unfair comparison to other dystopian future novels like 1984 and This Perfect Day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luz | 2/4/2014

    " Brilliant, funny and scary at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Plamen | 1/25/2014

    " It was really good however not quite amazing. More like 4 and a half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sora | 1/22/2014

    " I read "Brave New World" when I was going through my utopia-gone-wrong phase. If you want to read "Brave New World" then I recommend reading "This Perfect Day" and "1984." Out of the three books, "This Perfect Day" was my favorite. For some reason, "1984" and "Brave New World" get most of the fame out of the three books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 1/14/2014

    " I thought that this book was kind of interesting. It had some strange parts in it and there were a few times when the book was a little hard to understand. Overall though, I'd say that it was an alright book. I like the ending because I thought that it was sad and I found that way they had their society was interesting because they made some people retarded so they couldn't question anything. I also found it very fascinating that they could just control a person's personality that way in the story. This story made me think a little. I thought that the book was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wawan Setiawan | 1/14/2014

    " That he wrote this in the 30's, it's an amazing feat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R D | 12/23/2013

    " This is one of the two most famous dystopian novels in the English language. In our age of hyper information and hyper entertainment it may also be the most important. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Shepherd | 12/22/2013

    " I remember this being more insightful when I read it in high school.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Bloomer | 11/26/2013

    " The best way to describe this book is odd! I didn't enjoy the beginning, really enjoyed the middle and was massively underwhelmed by the ending. Classic lovers will I'm sure really enjoy it but if, like me, you read purely for pleasure and entertainment it's probably one to avoid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Chiu | 11/17/2013

    " Favorite book of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devin Rodgers | 11/7/2013

    " What can I say other than it's sad that so much of the social criticism in this book remains true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agustina Fernández Olivieri | 6/19/2013

    " En un mundo civilizado el Salvaje lee a Shakespeare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Marquez | 4/11/2013

    " I hated this book in high school. Ten years later it was a much better read. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sriram P C | 3/24/2013

    " Great attempt at the question : What does 'being civilized' mean ? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie Wilesmith | 2/25/2013

    " This blew my mind when i read it - i think mostly because of my love of Shakespeares 'The Tempest' and the intertextuality runing through it. I found it very exiting and i cant say that about a lot of things ive read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mscout | 2/15/2013

    " A rather chilling view of the future as controlled by the corpratocracy, by Ford! In some ways intriguingly prescient, particularly in regards to the willingness of citizens to seek comfort over freedom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy G | 6/21/2012

    " Required Reading. A real thinker, and very interesting. Required in one of the best sections of my literary education. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ulkem | 4/17/2012

    " ''Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced." Definitely a marvellous sentence! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 7706jude olson | 4/9/2012

    " Brave New World is about a Utopian/Dystopian world hundreds of years in the future. BNW was a very interesting read. Fans of the sci fi genre would like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Smith | 12/5/2011

    " I enjoyed the story. The book was written in the early 1930's but the view of the futuristic society has unmistakable connections to the world today. How free, and how individual are we in this brave new world? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ella | 8/29/2011

    " This book was okay, but I preferred 1984. I liked parts of the book, but I didn't like how fast some things seemed to happen. I think this is a book that everyone should read as it is highly relevant and makes people wonder what would happen if society ever did turn like this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 6/30/2011

    " Felt I needed to read this book, a flagrant hole in my library of dystopia. Interesting ideas but the characters are flat and the story weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 6/28/2011

    " alittle scarey...published in the 1930's & still current in a creepy sort of way??!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/27/2011

    " I'm doing a tour of utopian and dytopian novels. This one was first...I need to digest some of my thoughts on this and then I'll write more about it, though one thing that is interesting (that I was previously unaware of) is that Aldous Huxley was George Orwell's teacher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 6/27/2011

    " Fascinating and frightening in its implications for religion, love, and individuality, among others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimy | 6/27/2011

    " One of the all-time great dystopian novels. It's definitely a classic for good reason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonya | 6/27/2011

    " Honestly, I thought it was a lesser version of 1984. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 6/24/2011

    " Very scary but also very eye-opening. Used in the class unit of my course "Us & Them: Studies on Identity".


    Borrowed from erf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 6/22/2011

    " Perfect vision of the future. Extremaly interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wesanderika | 6/22/2011

    " I thought this book was captivating in the world that it portrayed. However, when I first read it i was, well, nave, and later came to find out that much of the book portrayed loose sex practices. Needless to say I never read it nor will I ever read it again. "

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About the Author
Author Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894–1963) was an English poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist, and humanist philosopher. He attended Eton and Oxford and briefly taught at Eton before devoting himself solely to writing. His fifth novel, Brave New World, is one of the most read books in literary history.

About the Narrator

Michael York is a successful screen and stage actor. Among his screen credits are Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Logan’s Run, and Austin Powers. Stage appearances include Britain’s National Theatre and Broadway. His television work has garnered Emmy nominations and his audio recordings Grammy nominations. He has been awarded Britain’s OBE, France’s Arts et Lettres, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.