Lord of the Flies

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By:

Narrated By: William Golding

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: November 2002

Duration: 6 hours 36 minutes

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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  • Anonymous

    One of my top two books of the year! It was fascinating and suspenseful. It was an interesting way to understand the social order. An added appeal was that the author read it and had a little bit of commentary on it. I had hesitated for so long to read this book because I felt like I "should" read it, but the idea of reading about a bunch of teenage boys didn't appeal to me at all. I also thought it would be too juvenile since most people I know had read it in high school. Instead, I really enjoyed it.

  • 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.

  • Alayne from Mt. Penn

    I agree with the other listeners: even though I am now a teacher, I never read this in HS or college. Even now it is a lot to take in and process. I want to hope that the events of the book wouldn't really happen but I am a born optimist. Sissy Spacek was great!

  • Anonymous

    I don't understand why they make teenagers read this book, because I think one has to be an adult and lived a good portion of their life to really appreciate this book. To watch the innocence of youth yield to responsibility, leadership, and survival has GOT to be lost on a high school student! The book is a brilliant and stunning work that presents the idea that the biggest beast is within each of us. And how cool is it that the author himself reads it!