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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aldous Huxley Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the greatest prose writers and social commentators of the twentieth century, Aldous Huxley here introduces us to a delightfully cynical, comic, and severe group of artists and intellectuals engaged in the most freethinking and modern kind of talk imaginable. Poetry, occultism, ancestral history, and Italian primitive painting are just a few of the subjects competing for discussion among the amiable cast of eccentrics drawn together at Crome, an intensely English country manor.

When the quirky group has gathered for the house party, Henry Wimbush, the owner and self-appointed historian of the estate, relates Crome’s history; apocalypse is prophesied, and a young, sensitive poet suffers from unrequited love. This stunning satire of the fads and fashions of the time is not to be missed.

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  • Crome Yellow—Huxley’s first novel—is famous for its technique, ideas, and acute psychological descriptions. As such, it ranks alongside Antic Hay, Eyeless in Gaza, and Point Counter Point.”

    Times (London)

  • “Not only is it intrinsically amusing and ingenious...the book is a completely accurate piece of observation.”

    Spectator

  • “The merit of (Huxley’s) comedy is that it becomes always more amusing as it grows.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “What Mr. Huxley has...is a literary skill which only sound learning coupled with ripe talent could produce.”

    Nation

  • “Fine satirical writing. Crome Yellow is determinedly eccentric and unflaggingly delightful.”

    Bookman

  • “Robert Whitfield [a.k.a Simon Vance]’s unabridged reading of Huxley’s first novel is a triumph of one man’s vocal capacities…Whitfield’s vocal acrobatics in portraying the cast of characters…makes for dazzling aural entertainment. Otherwise fatuous goings-on become intriguing shenanigans, and the characters’ psychological portraits are rendered accurately through the unique voices Whitfield assigns them. With each change of the five cassettes, the listener is more captivated.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maxfield | 2/20/2014

    " A little dated at this point, but a fine read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Zach | 2/19/2014

    " A week at Downton Abbey with an emo host. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kiwi | 2/16/2014

    " A witty story filled with other witty stories. Gotta love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/16/2014

    " This book. This book... it was quite hard to read at points, and often made me feel very tired. But it was hilarious, with many brilliant end-of-chapter one liners and the bizarrest stories. More than a once since i finished it i've wanted to still be reading it. It may have almost sent me to sleep a few times, but it was a wonderful book to be inside of. "

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