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Flowers for Algernon

Lu par : Adam Sims
Durée : 8 h et 26 min
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Charlie Gordon, a floor sweeper born with an unusually low IQ, has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that doctors hope will increase his intelligence - a procedure that has been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon.

All Charlie wants is to be smart and have friends, but the treatment turns him into a genius.

Then Algernon begins to fade.

What will become of Charlie?

Read by Adam Sims.

©1966 Daniel Keyes (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

Critiques

"A masterpiece of poignant brilliance...heartbreaking." ( The Guardian)

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  • Markus Pfaff
  • 21/03/2018

Finished entire book in one sitting.

Beautiful and flawless performance by the narrator Adam Sims.
Baffled at how incredibly well the story has aged. If I didn't know it was from the 60s, and someone told that it came out just last year, I probably wouldn't even have questioned it. That's pretty rare for sci-fi, imho.

Thank you, CLSM, for recommending me this book.

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  • Knut
  • 07/11/2017

The most dynamic character ever.

It's hard not to love this book. I felt a lot of empathy for Charlie, and even though Charlie's became a true dick, I really liked him. I the ending was not as satisfying as I had hoped, but it's a really minor inconvenience.

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  • Birthe
  • 21/10/2019

Beautiful story even more beautifully narrated

The story is heartbreakingly beautiful and the performance makes it even better. I would suggest to everyone to listen to it instead of read it!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 25/07/2019

What an amazing character development

I loved Charles Gordon when he was a genius: with his arrogance and sadness. Something to think about in the light of genetic modification news.

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  • julia
  • 29/05/2019

Wonderful but dark

I had heard of the title of this book a lot
but never thought of trying it until yesterday.

The story was so compelling that I finished the whole thing in a day.
It makes you think a lot about how far science should go in altering the way things are.
And the character felt so real, which somtimes made it difficult to listen to not so very pleasant things happening inside his head.

I liked the book but for some very dark, painful moments throughout, especially towards its end.
I found myself skipping these parts.
But I guess these were necessary to do justice to what it would really feel like to be in the protagonist's shoes.


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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 09/05/2019

Immersive

I'm pretty new to audio books but this was the most immersive experience I had so far. The performance was really great.

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  • Eric Palevsky
  • 05/04/2019

makes you wonder about mankind

very interesting point of view. heartbreaking and not so science fiction any more. read it!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 01/04/2019

Extraordinary and so very painful and real

As I have just finished this book I am left I awe and at the same time in so much pain. The characters and story are written so realistically and masterfully due to the author's background and it brings some real ideas about our relationship with and towards the mentally retarded into focus.
The performance by the voice actor is stellar and I really think he could have not been better cast.
Definitely give it a go if you want a story about, in it's essence, humanity but be prepared for the punches to the gut emotionally.
I feel like a better human being for having experienced it and I will be sharing it with the people around me.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 11/05/2018

To think about

It's really sad that we take our inteligence for granted most of the time. How we waste something so precious and don't struggle to use the full potential of our minds.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10/04/2018

Thrilling.

This is the kind of book that takes real talent to perform effectively. And Sims does a terrific job.

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  • Rodrigo
  • 26/08/2019

Just superb

Really worth listening to this audio book! The story and performance are beautiful and touching!

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  • Stephanie
  • 31/12/2018

Enchanting

A stunning tour through the intellectual development and decline of a human being. I'm speechless.