Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley

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Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Joan and Patrick Andrews

Endnotes: Ted Schwartz

Author: Aldous Huxley

Year of Publication: 1932

Plot: Set 500 years from now in a dystopian London, an Englishman discovers and introduces a "savage" (read: a 20th century man) to his society, raising questions about the relationship between human nature and technology.

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