Lord Of The Flies

Lord Of The Flies

Downloadable Audiobook - 2002
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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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Random House, 2002
ISBN: 9780739330296
Characteristics: 1online resource (1 sound file (06hr., 34min., 17sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Golding, William 1911-1993
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 13, 2018

William Golding's Lord of the Flies presents a survival-based story that centers around a group of boys that have crash landed onto an island. As children, they believe that without parents around, this is perfect for them but as they plan out their methods of survival, ruling, etc., they realize they have big problems that they must deal with. Personally, when I read this in Grade 9, the characters of this book were easy to connect with since their personalities were very easy to relate to. I found this book to be a really nice read and there are many strong messages that are conveyed throughout the book which I really enjoyed. However, some parts of the book become vague and boring so it was sometimes hard to follow along. Overall, this book was a marvelous book to read and I highly recommend it to teenagers. Rating: 4/5
- @booksandgames9 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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1aa
Feb 01, 2018

This particular audiobook is read by the author - he does it pretty well (far better than Toni Morrison reads her books), especially considering it was recorded in 1977 (I think; I can't quite tell) long before the minor art of reading books for recording was seriously developed. I was surprised by how mild his accent was (it seems Englishmen today have more pronounced accents than they did 40 years ago!). The work itself is exciting and excellently paced; some creative and shocking descriptions, the techniques for which were not overused so one really notices them when they are used; the psychological portraits also are vivid for such a short book.

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seanes71
May 24, 2017

My kids just read this book and it made their stomachs sick. I am really glad I avoided this when I was a kid to avoid the topic of politics and eating other people!?!?!?! What was this writer thinking?!?!?!? It was also extremely boring to discuss. There was so much symbolism that it made my head hurt. There should be a warning on it saying "Before you read this book be prepared to be sick."

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linghix
Feb 06, 2016

I recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in the dark possibilities of human behavior. As a classic piece of fiction, you can find reviews and synopses of the story anywhere. You should keep in mind that this version is read by the author, not a professional voice actor. He doesn't do a great job of narrating, but it's okay. You can hear him breathing at times and he doesn't do the "performance" (e.g. different voices, intentional pauses, dramatic intonation, etc.) that you might expect from a typical audiobook. Still, it's worth listening to.

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FaithLovesPuddles
Jun 10, 2014

I liked this book, but it wasn't that scary.

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danielestes
May 17, 2013

I read Lord of the Flies for the first time in my 10th grade English class, and I remember liking it more than the usual assigned tedium, but I also remember the drowsy discussions on symbolism and theme that threatened to zap the life from Golding's novel.

This time around, I read it for fun. Ralph, Piggy, Jack and all the others are so awkwardly mid-20th century British that you can't help but want to be their friend as you get to know them. Once the story gets going though, and the boys de-evolve into something timelessly primal, nearly everything all the way to the final moment is perfectly executed. The pacing, the character development, and that right amount of horrific violence that still causes me to shudder when I recall it—all of it is inspired.

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andrewgraphics
Jun 14, 2012

11) "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding, as read by the author.

Another one of these Classic Books on CD that I'm listening to, since I had trouble reading it before.

In case you didn't already know the set up: a group of boys find themselves on a deserted tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and have to figure out how to survive and be rescued. Fabulous look at archetypes: intellectuals, leaders, and hunters. The way the kids revert to basic impulses is at times heart-rending.

And I didn't realize it has a science fiction set up to the plot (the boys were in some manner fleeing an atomic war), which hangs over the story like a shroud (maybe there is no one left to rescue them).

Another classic I'm glad I didn't miss!

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zorg
Apr 16, 2010

A masterpiece. Golding manages to really convey the horror, fear and grief in this book with such skill. Amazingly descriptive but always captivating and intense, this book is a must-read.

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andrewgraphics
Jul 11, 2012

"Sucks to your assmar!"

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