Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Prince Frederick : Recorded Books, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781464043109
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (10 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Woodman, Jeff

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JordanPedersen
Jun 04, 2017

I was skeptical about listening to this book in audiobook format, just because I knew a bit about the importance of being able to track Charlie's progress on his search to "become smart so people will like him", and I didn't know if it would show through the narrator. My reservations were put to rest though, and it was excellent and subtle, yet the progress was always present. The plot was so interesting, and I will be recommending it to anyone who wants to get into audiobooks for the first time!

As a bit of a spoiler, especially the early stages of the book are heartbreaking as you can "see" the way others treat Charlie, and the language used is uncomfortably dated in the way people with disabilities are viewed and spoken about.

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