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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: August 2015 ISBN: 9781440773433
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Corr-van aken | 1/16/2014

    " I will never forget reading this in school. Broke my heart "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Cook | 1/9/2014

    " I love this book. I love how it was written and how it was all focused around Charlie. It was as if the big wide world was spinning out of control around Charlie and he was just writing down his helpless thoughts and feelings. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Florin Pitea | 1/6/2014

    " A moving tale, told in the first person by an unforgettable protagonist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nooners | 12/5/2013

    " Brilliant, captivating story. Full stop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 12/5/2013

    " One of my favorite books from adolescence and still one of my favorite books. Heart-wrenching and beautiful at the same time. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 12/3/2013

    " First book which ever made me cry. A brillant, very original, heart-wrenching and mind-blowing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Hoyan | 11/14/2013

    " Read it looking out at the world through his eyes, felt the elation, the despair and demise...excellent stuff "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julian Pfister | 11/8/2013

    " Very enthralling. Thought-provoking story concept. Heart-wrenching at times in the extreme. All in all, surprisingly hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 5/24/2013

    " T_T "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Lao | 1/1/2013

    " So wonderful and sad! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 River Mota | 12/14/2012

    " I thought that the book was really good. On a couple of occasions I would lose interest, but other than that I enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 10/24/2012

    " This is an excellent book told through diary entries. The main character goes through some real turmoil and I was totally invested in him by the end. Really made me think about how intelligence can make you miserable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Layla | 8/28/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books ever since reading a shorter version of it in a school English class textbook when I was 14. I bought my own copy, and every couple of years I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 1/28/2012

    " One of my all time FAVORITES! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/22/2012

    " Really deep, I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mallory Rowley | 1/11/2012

    " I think that it is a very wonderful and sad book. Charlie was always made fun of because he was not smart but then they did this experiment on him like they did to this mouse name Algernon because they have never done it on a person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunter Hill | 10/31/2011

    " this book was about a man named charlie gordon that gets a surgy to get smart. i thought it was a good book cuse i thought it was funny. this book would be good for people who likes science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Swanson | 8/19/2011

    " an interesting perspective on the power and importance of intelligence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 6/30/2011

    " I administer these assessments for a living...so I was particularly interested...and subsequently really touched by this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 6/28/2011

    " I read this SOOOOO long ago, but I will never forget how happy I was for him when he was getting smarter or the horror (SPOILER ALERT) .... as the smartness declined. "

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

    " This book was beautifully written to involve the reader in Charlie's thoughts, feelings and transformation. Daniel Keyes did a lovely job keeping the reader interested and using dialect. "

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

    " A very heart-breaking piece of work. I read it in one sitting-it was that compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 6/26/2011

    " One of my all time favorite books. When is natural course of things better left alone? Who says interference is necessary, and what is the "perfect amount" of interference. All questions this book makes you ponder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ankush | 6/25/2011

    " A beautiful book, that explores the complexities of intelligence, emotions, and self-awareness in a heartfelt, yet honest manner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devi | 6/24/2011

    " This one always brings a tear or two to my eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jorge | 6/22/2011

    " Even though I had already read this in ninth grade, back then I could not appreciate Keyes' in the same way I can now that I'm older. This is definitely a must read, and I have to admit I cried as I read the last few pages, even though I already knew the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kamil | 6/19/2011

    " Incredibly stunning book!! Anything other than "read it, enjoy it and find for yourself" would be a spoiler :) "

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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.

About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.