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Brave New World

A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
4 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Summary

A gripping BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Aldous Huxley's classic dystopian novel.

It's 2116, and Bernard Marx and Helmholtz Watson are token rebels in an irretrievably corrupted society where promiscuity is the norm, eugenics a respectable science, and morality turned upside down. There is no poverty, crime or sickness - but no creativity, art or culture either. Human beings are merely docile citizens: divided into castes, brainwashed and controlled by the state and dependent on the drug soma for superficial gratification.

Into this sterile society comes an outsider, John - a man born into squalor and suffering, but raised on The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, a book which has shaped his entire life. When he discovers that treasured ideals such as love mean nothing in this 'brave new world', where romance is ridiculous, marriage shocking and parenthood shameful, John's world is shattered - and his reaction will show Bernard and Helmholtz what rebellion really means....

Based on Aldous Huxley's 1932 masterpiece, widely considered one of the greatest novels of all time, this chilling dramatisation set in a futuristic totalitarian society stars Jonathan Coy, Justin Salinger, Milton Lopes and Anton Lesser. Running time: 2 hours

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A great book but I wanted more

The telling of Brave New World seemed to lose a little in the Radio 4 dramatisation. I cannot explain why I was thinking more about the houses in leafy Surrey where this would be heard rather than than the morality tale and commentary on a modern society.

Suffice to say the acting was good but for me too staged. I followed the story but was not swept up in it. Perhaps in hindsight a reading of the book would have been better.

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DESTROYED BRILLIANCE

A Brilliant piece of scientific literature TOTALLY DESTROYED by
modern update. I have read the book and watched the old Hollywood movie and both put this piece of garbage to shame.
Once again modern update ruins the plot.

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Oh brave new world.

Brave new world is an ambitious dramatized version of the book. I thought it funny in places, and chillingly realistic in others. The idea of a caste type system of people, is apt in my view, what with the inequality and poverty throughout the world. And sexual relationships with numerous partners the norm. In fact sex is a commodity to be bought and sold, and a recreational activity. The Internet has an abundance of sex/porn/escort websites. Oh how low humanity has sunk, we are animals.!
How long will we last as a species....
The dramatization is well worth listening to, however, I think it should have been called Tragedy of the World...

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A good dramatised production

Such a difficult book to condense and dramatise but this is a very good radio play adaption.

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  • Chris Batstone
  • 13-01-18

Lackluster Abridgement of a fantastic book.

I usually love a BBC dramatisation, but this one cut out too much in order to come in under time, and lost a lot of the internal struggle of the characters.

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  • Josh Atkinson
  • 02-05-17

good dramatization, mediocre substance

I enjoyed the performances, but would have preferred the unabridged story. not many choices available.

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  • mrjones
  • 16-10-19

With grace and brutality you learned the truth.

I loved the format and skill that this piece was presented. Much like George Orwell, you find your self feeling hopelessly sucked into to how a dystopian future marginalizes your humanity.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-19

Amazing dramatisation

Never read the original book and was hesitant to listen to an audio version, which can be very hit or miss. But finding a properly acted version, I just had to try.

A very good way to introduce yourself to the book. Puts strong visuals in your head, just like a good book does. Recommended.

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  • James Bawden
  • 10-05-19

Awesome version of one of my favorite books

loved the format. loved the sound scapes and the actors were great. listened to it twoce in a row

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  • Gummi
  • 23-04-19

fascinating how his predictions were accurate

Everybody belongs to everybody

His description of the future on human relationships are surprisingly accurate. A well good read from the cast.

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  • docrizvi
  • 11-02-19

an eerily prescient work

BBC has taken some liberties with this piece. some of the exposition of the book has been lost but this is typical of any transition from one form of media to another; some things have been changed to make the book a bit more relevant to modern day listeners but these are minor (for instance, use of cell phones or mentioning walmart). i believe the changes are in the spirit of the original text and minor, thus, appropriate. the voices of the two young women were a bit hard to differeciate so made their conversations a bit confusing. overall one of my favorite books and because of a good performance this audiobook would be a great distraction during any roadtrip.

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  • Samantha B.
  • 18-07-18

Great introduction

This was a great introduction to Brave New World. Makes listening a pleasure and more of an experience rather than the fullness of reading the entire book. Enjoyed it very much.

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  • Felipe M.
  • 08-05-18

Great voice cast and dramatization performance.

Amazing story, and great dramatization. the sound effects are compelling. the story really sucks you in.

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  • Andrew J Montano
  • 17-03-18

An Age of Bravery

I did not know what had affected society in this way. From Krypton to the sex clubs in Vegas. I am besides myself.