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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (140,196 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Keyes Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Charlie Gordon knows that he isn’t very bright. At thirty-two, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for retarded adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie’s brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon. Meanwhile, each day Charlie keeps a diary of what is happening to him. This is his poignant record of the startling changes in his mind and his life. Flowers for Algernon was first published as a short story, but soon received wide acclaim as it appeared in anthologies, as a television special, and as an award-winning motion picture, Charly. In its final, expanded form, this haunting story won the Nebula Award for the Best Novel of the Year. Through Jeff Woodman’s narration, now it becomes an unforgettable audio experience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tale that is convincing, suspenseful and touching.”

    New York Times

  • “Absorbing…Immensely original…Going to be read for a long time to come.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Hammock | 2/12/2014

    " Wow, what a powerful story. Makes you wonder how you would react if you were in that situation. Great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kate Zorn | 1/31/2014

    " I wouldn't like it if I had the operation that Charlie had. I would get frustrated by forgetting all the things I had learned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Martina | 1/28/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading Flowers for Algernon. I thought it was a very sad story, and i felt bad for the protagonist. I thought Daniel Keys was intelligent when he showed Charlie's journal entries in the syntax relating to Charlie's intelligence. What I found interesting about this book was that it has been challenged for removal from libraries in the US and Canada. Reading this book opened my eyes up to how mentally challenged people can feel and how frustrating and hard it is to surpass life. I loved the friendship that Charlie and the mouse had, and it makes you think of little things that make you happy. Everyone should read this amazing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sheree | 1/18/2014

    " This book left me a sobbing mess on my bedroom floor when I first read it, seven years ago. I still think about it all the time. It's a fantastically tragic story that deserves to be told to everyone, young or old. "

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About the Author

Daniel Keyes (1927–2014) was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his BA and MA degrees from Brooklyn College. He was the author of eight books, including the classic Flowers for Algernon, first published in 1966, which would go on to sell more than five million copies and inspire the Oscar-winning film Charly. He also worked as a merchant seaman, a fiction editor, a high school teacher, and as a university professor at Ohio University, where he was honored at Professor Emeritus in 2000. He won the Hugo and Nebula awards for his work and was chosen as an Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000.