Lord of the Flies Audiobook Review

I was a little disappointed after listening to this book. Expectations were different, and as is often the case, they were not met. On the other hand, this work, written by William Golding in 1954, provides food for thought and serves as a kind of manual on how not to organize new communities, states, etc. I downloaded it from https://www.bookscougar.com/audiobook/lord-of-the-flies/ and I highly recommend this website to everyone. It’s fast and has tens of thousands of audiobooks.

“Lord of the flies” audiobook is similar to some books about the Apocalypse. Maybe someone remembers: after that very Apocalypse, a handful of people survive. It goes without saying that they are trying to build a new society. Build on old concepts. As a rule, a new leader is chosen, a very worthy person, and let’s say “democratic”. What’s next? The scenarios are usually the same. Much chatter and little action. And when someone offers something other than chatter, more real (food, shelter), then people are already following the new leader, despite the fact that they can be a very bad person.

The above paragraph, in theory, is almost similar to the development of events in “Lord of the flies”, with one exception: in the novel, the main characters are children. And children under twelve years of age.

I was confused by the fact that the novel does not explain how the boys got to this island. Shipwreck? Probably, yes but nevertheless, the complete absence of adults is too strange…

Let’s leave this fact aside.

What do we see at the beginning of the novel? A lot of small “gentlemen”, produced in England, find themselves on an island that can be considered a Paradise. Fruit, tropical weather, and complete absence of adults. Initially, there are no “bad guys” among them, except for Roger, who is not particularly mentioned in the beginning.

Ralph. The main characters are Ralph and Jack. Two leaders. But it just so happens that the guys choose Ralph, a simple boy who has no idea how to organize everything correctly. Ralph is not an angel, he’s just an ordinary honest guy with the right ideas and principles.

Jack. The second boy, Jack, the leader of the children’s choir, comes to terms with being left out of power. He will get the role of “hunter”, a forager. He hunts wild pigs, of which there were many on the island. The new “democratic government”, represented by Ralph, immediately concedes, leaving Jack with his personal army of chorus boys.

Simon and Piggy. Simon is the strangest figure in this novel. You can understand Jack, who had his own ideas and principles, but Simon… Of course, somewhere in England, he would just be considered a strange boy, not from this world, but here on the island Simon is the “weak link”. As is Piggy. Being the object of ridicule for being overweight, he was mentally superior to absolutely all the characters. And they don’t like smart people. Especially the dictators.

You can probably imagine further events. We accept the fact that the main characters are children. And the children are cruel. They are much closer to animals, it is much easier for them to roll back to their pristine state. Therefore, everything that happened afterward was not particularly surprising.

I knew perfectly well that Ralph was just a child, spoiled by civilization, and the foundations of a new society were unknown to him. However, I was enraged by his stubbornness about the fire and the smoke. Of course, it was necessary, but his whining no longer inspired anyone.

In general, it turned out as I wrote at the very beginning of the review. I didn’t like the novel very much, but it really caught me, and when I went to bed, I was already preparing some thoughts, suggestions, and paragraphs for writing this review.

There is no blood in the book as in the “Deadkidsongs” that I recently read. The novel “Lord of the flies” was written a long time ago, but its task is not to frighten the listener with the sight of blood and guts, rather show how quickly little angels can turn into small, but evil animals.…

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Do You Love Audiobooks As Much As I Do?

To be honest, I’m a real audiobook maniac!

The story of my addiction began almost 11 years ago when my youngest daughter was born. The baby slept only in a rolling stroller, so I had to walk for 2-3 hours every day in any weather. Walking the streets is just so boring, but you can’t read a book on the go and even pushing a stroller. This is where I discovered the world of audiobooks!

It turned out that even with a lack of free time, you can listen to a lot of books! I do all the household chores — washing, cleaning, cooking-with headphones. Work in the garden also takes place under listening to books. Trips, vacations, needlework, the way to work and back — everywhere I am accompanied by my old faithful MP3 player, swollen from stuffed folders with files.

Over the years, I have re-read or rather re-listened to a lot of new books, returned to those that I had already read before. I remember the impression made on me, already an adult, the novel “Fathers and Sons”! In school, there was one perception, in adulthood — completely different! I don’t know if I would ever have gotten to rereading the same “Notre Dame”, “Anna Karenina”, “Jane Eyre” and other books I read in my youth. And when I found them in the audio version, I couldn’t pass them by and didn’t regret a bit! Familiar stories and characters are revealed from a new side, the characters and actions of the characters from the height of the lived years are evaluated differently! And how many new authors I have discovered!

It’s interesting that I have associations with books. For example, “Brody’s Castle” is a raspberry flavor. It was for this book that last year I collected these berries and made jam. But Yu Nesbe is an endless highway because I listened to his ” bat ” on the way to a business trip and back. Max fry — a pile of maple leaves in the autumn Park, through which I took my first-grade daughter to school and back.

But my daughters don’t like audiobooks. We have a long tradition — I read to them before going to bed. I admit that sometimes I get tired, lazy, I have to finish things. I tried to download and include well-read books for them, but they always ask me to read them myself…

My husband is also heavily “hooked” on audiobooks. We have different literary tastes, but still, sometimes we share our impressions, advise each other what may be liked by the other.

Now the cottage has become a much more important place in our lives than before, and work in the garden and in the house requires more time. It is boring to weed a long bed in silence or paint an endless fence. Again, audiobooks and plays come to the rescue. With them, any monotonous work becomes a pleasure akin to meditation.

Currently, there are sites where audiobooks are placed in the public domain quite legally! There are also old restored recordings of radio plays, books recorded for VOS, and novelties read by both professional actors and Amateur readers.

Of course, if I have free time, I allow myself the luxury of reading a real paper book. It is a special pleasure to rustle pages, to feel the aroma of new paper or the mysterious and slightly dusty smell of an old book. But unfortunately, the eyes are already tired of reading. And it is not often possible to carve out half an hour and completely disconnect from the business.

So again — Long live audiobooks!…

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Advantages of Audiobooks

How nice to sit in a comfortable chair with a volume of your favorite book in your hands on cold winter evenings!

Finally, even the most simple, entertaining reading, eliminates boredom and cheers up.

But it is not always convenient to use print media.

There is almost no place for bulky books in the modern rhythm of life, and some people cannot read because of vision problems.

An excellent alternative to printed books is audiobooks. This is an audio recording of reading a book aloud by professional actors.

You can listen to an audiobook on a tape recorder, computer, or mobile phone. Thus, the reader, or rather, the listener, gets rid of the need to constantly keep a book in front of him and strain his eyesight.

Problems with posture, lighting also disappear, and books become accessible to blind people.

With an audiobook, you are not tied to one place and can safely move within the limits of the device’s audibility.

No obstacles in transport – put on your headphones, and even at rush hour, you can enjoy your favorite work without fear of disturbing anyone.

The voices of the actors will allow you to breathe life into work, turning the room into a theater, and you into a spectator.

Audiobooks have many advantages over printed books and are almost devoid of flaws.

However, before making a choice in favor of audiobooks, think – are you ready to lose the pleasure of holding a fresh volume, smelling of printing ink, and listening to the quiet rustling of its pages?

You decide!…

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