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lord of the flies by william golding

Lord of the FliesAs I’ve done with some other audiobook reviews, I would like to state that the following review is strictly for the audiobook version of Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The version of the audiobook that I listened to was read by the author, William Golding, and featured an author preface and notes from the author at the conclusion of the story.

I decided to read Lord of the Flies because it’s mentioned within so many YA novels as being a classic novel that high school students are required to read in school and subsequently is weaved into the plot line of whatever contemporary YA book that mentions it. The most recent book that actually caused me to read the book was Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King, which references Lord of the Flies plot points frequently and forced me to realize that this was a significant part of popular culture that I knew nothing about.

After being on the wait list for the physical book at my library for months, I decided to download the audiobook. The version I downloaded from my library is narrated by the author and very much feels like a grandfather reading you a nighttime tale before you drift to sleep… except the concepts within this novel are much, much darker. The main narrative illustrates what could hypothetically happen if a bunch of young boys are left alone on an island to fend for themselves, surrender to their own human nature, and together enact a survival of the fittest mentality.

The novel has been criticized for solely featuring young boys within the work and lacking any female characters. In the foreword by Golding, he states that girls and women aren’t included in the book because Golding himself has only ever been a boy and thus felt like he couldn’t begin to represent the experience of a girl; this foreword automatically put a poor taste in my mouth before I even ventured into the actual story. Because the book only featured young boys and because the author is not a trained narrator, it was completely impossible to mentally separate any of the dialogue of the characters from each other and to form a mental map of the different qualities of these characters. Each of the characters was narrated with the same voice and the dialogue frequently jumped around without being followed by stating which character said certain things. Thus, I feel like I wasn’t able to really follow the flow of the story or become invested in any of the characters, other than the legendary Piggy. Even the darkest points of the novel weren’t associated with much feeling from me as a reader because of how the audiobook was narrated.

Of the classics that are frequently assigned to most Americans in high school, this is not one that I recommend to you if you’re able to choose whether or not you read this book and I definitely do not recommend it in the format with the narrator reading the audiobook.

What are your favorite classics that were assigned reads for you while you were in school? I recently acquired To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which I somehow haven’t read yet and am very much looking forward to starting it soon!

Original Publication Date: 17 September 1954 by Faber & Faber. Audiobook published by Listening Library.

Author/Narrator: Sir William Golding web

april round up

My book blog has been active for about a month which means I’m officially able to post my very first monthly roundup! Despite the fact that this is first month that the blog has really been active, I’ve got a ton of backlogged reviews of books (11 to be exact) read earlier this year that will be uploaded as I acquire more time to finally write the reviews (you can see sneak peeks of the reviews by checking out my GoodReads account). My goal is to read 52 books in 52 weeks and to eventually have a full 52 reviews posted by December 31, 2015. Thank you for joining me as I document my journey!


 April’s Book Reviews

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie audiobook cover

A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Audiobook Cover

 

Check out my reviews for the above books by clicking the book covers or by clicking the book titles here: Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan, Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri, and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to post reviews for all of the books I finished in April. In addition to the above books, I finished We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and those reviews will be coming in May!


April’s Book Haul

These are the books that I received during the month of April and may or may not be books that I was able to actively read during April. Books that are from the library have an increased likelihood of being read sooner due to the limited time that I have access to them.

Local Girls New York Regional Mormons Singles Halloween Dance Our Kids The Reptile Room

The Marriage Plot

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie audiobook cover

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Audiobook Cover

 

 

 

 

  1. Local Girls by Caroline Zancan; Advance Reader Copy ebook from Penguin First to Read
  2. The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker; paperback from my friend Katherine when she came to visit me from Chicago in April
  3. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam; hardcover from my work
  4. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket; hardcover from my partner when I saw him at a wedding in Dallas last weekend
  5. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides; audiobook from Brooklyn Public Library; currently reading
  6. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan; audiobook from Brooklyn Public Library
  7. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie; audiobook from Brooklyn Public Library
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; audiobook from Brooklyn Public Library

As I move forward with posting my book reviews, I’m hoping to balance adding a backlogged book review for every new book review that’s posted. I’m aiming to post the following January + February reads during the month of May.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Lord of the Flies The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

 

 

 

 

  1. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
  2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

& that’s it for my very first reading round up! Thank you for reading! If you have any tips for making my round ups more interesting to you, please share in the comments! If you feel inclined, check out my very new Instagram account and follow me on Twitter.