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Flowers for Algernon

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Daniel Keyes

Narrated By: Jeff Woodman

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: October 2003

Duration: 9 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for retarded adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon. Meanwhile, each day Charlie keeps a diary of what is happening to him. This is his poignant record of the startling changes in his mind and his life. Flowers for Algernon was first published as a short story, but soon received wide acclaim as it appeared in anthologies, as a television special, and as an award-winning motion picture, Charly. In its final, expanded form, this haunting story won the Nebula Award for the Best Novel of the Year. Through Jeff Woodman's narration, now it becomes an unforgettable audio experience.

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  • Barbara Sewell

    This was my first audio book and was very impressed. The story was one that makes you think. I thought it was very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    The book is told in first person from the perspective of Charlie, the learning disabled character. Because Charlie can’t read and presumably is unable write or journal, the perspective during the beginning of the book elt a bit over-exaggerated, or for lack of a better term over the top. But I interpreted the purpose of this was to convey the main character’s inability to perceive aspects of communication and process information that the rest of us take for granted, and how this fact impacts his everyday life- including feelings about himself and others. It is interesting that at a point in the book the tables turn, and provide a different perspective and insight into how people’s minds work. We all tend to perceive things in a way that tends to suit our needs first and not necessarily in a way that conveys to us what the reality of a situation is. Overall the book was interesting and kept me engaged, but I rated it with 4 stars instead of 5 because I think the beginning could have been done better, and because the ending leaves one wanting more for Charlie- even if he doesn’t. I’ll leave it at that not to spoil it. Worth reading.

  • Nicki C.

    I liked many things about this book but it was very predictable.

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