Trade Ed. Audio Partners/Audio Editions 1998
CS ISBN 1572700645 $29.95 Six cassettes
CD ISBN 1572703024 $37.95 Seven CDs
DD ISBN $20.97
Aldous Huxley's novel of a genetically engineered, drugged-out utopia set in the not-too-distant future seems more prophetic by the day. British actor Michael York's refined and dramatic reading captures both the tone and the spirit of Huxley's masterpiece. His adept characterizations are instrumental in helping the listener discriminate between the book's innumerable characters, and his handling of the contrapuntal sections in Chapter 3 makes song from what might have been a muddle with a lesser reader. On occasion, York tends to overdramatize, making for unwanted melodrama and unintentional humor; but overall this is an excellent performance of a classic and prescient twentieth-century novel. G.B.C. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/MAR 99]
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