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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (904,172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Golding Narrator: William Goldin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Controversial and thought-provoking, Lord of the Flies is a compelling allegory on human civilization and what happens in the absence of societal order.

When a plane carrying British war evacuees crashes on a remote tropical island and leaves a group of young schoolboys as the only survivors, the events that unfold afterward are both provocative and chilling. After escaping the wreckage of the plane the boys initially attempt to maintain some sense of order so as to survive and hopefully be rescued. However freed from the constraints of society and its attendant rules the boys quickly divide into warring factions with chaos, violence and paranoia becoming the order of the day.

Originally published in 1954, Lord of the Flies was William Golding's first novel. It is widely acknowledged as a modern classic in English literature and was even included by the editors of TIME magazine in their list of the 100 top English-language novels. The novel is required reading in many of the world's top schools and educational institutions.

William Golding’s classic novel of primitive savagery and survival is one of the most vividly realized and riveting works in modern fiction. The tale begins after a plane wreck deposits a group of English school boys, aged six to twelve on an isolated tropical island. Their struggle to survive and impose order quickly evolves from a battle against nature into a battle against their own primitive instincts. Golding’s portrayal of the collapse of social order into chaos draws the fine line between innocence and savagery.

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  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stacy Jenschke | 2/13/2014

    " It is one of those books you must read in your youth to prepare you for life. Life is full of the bullies, weaklings, followers, bosses, etc. This book lays it all out in graphic, heart wrenching, eye opening detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ellie | 2/8/2014

    " This book was pretty nice, there's a lot symbolism used (which i love). I thought this book would be about boys adventuring on an island but i was a bit off. This book, like frankenstein, led me to ponder life without authority figures to guide people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matt Ely | 2/6/2014

    " Essentially I like this as a book about government. The isolated boys demonstrate the extent to which good behavior and democracy are learned, just as they can be unlearned. What ideologies last when subjected to chaos of human interaction? Each choice is justifiable and sad as it is done independently. The heart of it rings true as one realizes the chaos of adults surrounding their island adventure is a strict parralell of the violence they themselves experienced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Glowbutterfly | 2/5/2014

    " Not very complex I'm afraid, but a good point he makes about humanity and civilization nonetheless. "

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