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Lord of the Flies

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William Golding

6 Hours 35 Minutes

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November 2002

Audio Book Summary

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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  • Austin A.

    I hate to read

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  • Daniel C.

    The story was very good. The recording sounded like it was done in a bathroom with an inexpensive microphone.

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  • Brett Tiller

    I've read that this book is now required reading for High School students and since I've experienced this book for the first time, I can see its application. The story is about a group of boys shipwrecked on an island who try to form their own society, and eventually fail miserably. They make careless mistakes in their environment and with each other that lead to this failure. The story is entertaining and offers many lessons in leadership, why laws are important and that we must all participate in a society or be doomed to savagery.

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  • Autumn Reed

    A whole lot of boring talk just for some mild excitement toward the end, with an unsatisfactory end. The reader sounded bored by his own story. The message of the story was interesting and the pig head part was the coolest, I suggest you read this on your own, not this audio made it hard to enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Good book. However, I feel like the narrator was a little boring. Yes, it's cool that the author is the one narrating but he was very monotone and don't use much inflection. The only reason I used the audio book is bc I don't have time to read and when I'm at work I can just put my earbuds in and listen. If I had the time to read the book, trust me I would've read it and it would've been a much better experience.

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  • Francesca N.

    It is so special to hear a book read by the author himself. Wonderful! A powerful story that everyone should read.

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  • Eddie N.

    the narration is incredibly bored and ubenthusiastic

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  • Cyn K.

    I read it in preparation as required reading for a course I'm going to teach. I'm glad to now know the story and to better understand what transpired on the island. It's not the kind of book I'd typically be drawn to but I get why it ended up in the canon. I appreciate that the writer also narrated but there were times he sounded utterly bored with his own story. I also grew quite annoyed at the overuse of the word 'ululation' in the last couple of chapters.

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  • Sandy G.

    I think it's cool

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  • Anonymous

    I think this is an exceptional account of a dystopic society.

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