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Listening to an audiobook of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Interesting enough, in a dated way, though dystopian fiction is never going to be my favorite genre.

I will say that Michael York is an excellent narrator.
I vaguely remember liking bnw for being not that dystopian.
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Reads like my high school livejournal.
it's worse than that.

The e-book I'm reading now is the Portable Nietzsche. I've never read Nietzsche, and somebody convinced me to finally read some.

anyway, the audiobook app I have on the ipad lets me speed up playback, and I'm listening to the audiobook at 1.5x (2x is a bit too fast)
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I went to dust off Strange and Norell to reread to my wife last night, but it was Group Insurance by Bluhm!!!
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awesome that you're going to read that to your wife, that sounds like a great year-long project
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Listening to an audiobook of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Interesting enough, in a dated way, though dystopian fiction is never going to be my favorite genre.

I will say that Michael York is an excellent narrator.
You read 1984?
interested in your thoughts about Postman's Amusing ourselves to death.
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Yes, I've read 1984, and I'd say that's a fair contrast of the focus of the two books. The article seems to overstate the point of "amusing ourselves to death" a la Huxley but there is some validity to it. It's the age old "bread and circuses" problem repeating itself, but the fact that entertainment is so readily available so cheaply these days magnifies it.
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Huxley just isn't as good a writer as Orwell.

I found the Brave New World dystopia a little more interesting than 1984's in concept, but after having read Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, and 1984 in quick succession, 1984 is obviously the best-written, F451 next, and BNW could use a lot of work.

I think BNW's plot was okay - as was how he constructs his dystopia - I'm just talking about the quality of writing that needs work.

F451 picks up the "amusing ourselves to death" theme, too. I found it the most scarily real - they didn't have to take the books away for the most part ... people decided they wanted the full-screen interactive TVs instead...
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I was reading somewhere or other that Huxley started BNW as a spoof of H. G. Wells utopian fiction, but that he got rather fond of it and eventually turned it into a "real" novel. That probably didn't help the quality of the writing.

Just in terms of an good read, I enjoyed Fahrenheit 451 the best, though it's been a long while since I read F451 or 1984. I wouldn't argue against the quality of 1984, but it was just so remorselessly grim it was difficult to get through.
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Huxley just isn't as good a writer as Orwell.

I found the Brave New World dystopia a little more interesting than 1984's in concept, but after having read Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, and 1984 in quick succession, 1984 is obviously the best-written, F451 next, and BNW could use a lot of work.

I think BNW's plot was okay - as was how he constructs his dystopia - I'm just talking about the quality of writing that needs work.

F451 picks up the "amusing ourselves to death" theme, too. I found it the most scarily real - they didn't have to take the books away for the most part ... people decided they wanted the full-screen interactive TVs instead...
My goal was to read all three of those in quick succession, but I still can't get over how much I didn't like 1984. If you're telling me Orwell is the best writer of the three, I have no desire to ever read the other two.
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My goal was to read all three of those in quick succession, but I still can't get over how much I didn't like 1984. If you're telling me Orwell is the best writer of the three, I have no desire to ever read the other two.
Best writer is not the same as the best read. Both BNW and F451 are more enjoyable than the relentless grimness of 1984.

ETA - Or read Animal Farm. Much shorter than 1984, and far less oppressive in atmosphere, although still definitely dystopian.
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