Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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From the Publisher: With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance-until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie? An American classic that inspired the award-winning movie Charly.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recordee Books ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2012, p1998
ISBN: 9781464043109
Characteristics: 1 sound file (9 hr.) : 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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