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Brave New World

A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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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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Excellent Listening.

Definitely pause for thought listening in today's society. Brave New World is in my favourites.

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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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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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Entertaining but...

left feeling that the BBC Adaptation left out much of the original story. The performance were fine,

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Fantastic story but buffering was annoying

Enjoyed the reading, and I will read the book to flesh it out . It kept buffering which was annoying as my internet connection is very good. But having time, I persevered over a couple of days and suddenly the issue stopped when I ceased to try and rewind or pause. Perhaps it was a coincidence? Will try a second book and see what happens.

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Truth is stranger than fiction

Revisited this after reading it in the eighties. Like 1984 some of it is strangely prescient, but it also suffers from being pre - web, social media and AI /robotics. But the central message is still powerful.

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A good introduction

Looking forward to the whole book now, interesting how these points from long ago ring so true

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-20

why does it only have two chapters and not 15?

why does it only have two chapters and not 15? is it because the dramatization?

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  • Jerry A Flieger
  • 17-06-20

better read the book

Some texts do not benefit from an abridged dramatization (the film is not great either). This is better read or listened to as a novel.

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  • Vladimir
  • 26-05-20

awful

this dramatization of bnw tries top hard to make the story seem dystopian. I prefer the other bbc dramatization better. Ford Bless You and Keep You.

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  • Jon Pederson
  • 17-01-20

A great performance, much to think about

I haven't read the original, and now I want to all the more, to find further nuances to enjoy. The characters were imperfect and understandable mostly.

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  • LS
  • 28-10-19

better than full book

This was the perfect size not to long or short just perfect and a very interesting book