Lord of the Flies

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: William Golding
Narrator: William Golding
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Listening Library
Published In: October 2005
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 52 minutes
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William Golding's classic novel of primitive savagery and survival is one of the most vividly realized and riveting works in modern fiction. The tale begins after a plane wreck deposits a group of English school boys, aged six to twelve on an isolated tropical island. Their struggle to survive and impose order quickly evolves from a battle against nature into a battle against their own primitive instincts. Golding's portrayal of the collapse of social order into chaos draws the fine line between innocence and savagery.

Reviews (15)


Written by Cyn K. on August 27th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I read it in preparation as required reading for a course I'm going to teach. I'm glad to now know the story and to better understand what transpired on the island. It's not the kind of book I'd typically be drawn to but I get why it ended up in the canon. I appreciate that the writer also narrated but there were times he sounded utterly bored with his own story. I also grew quite annoyed at the overuse of the word 'ululation' in the last couple of chapters.


Written by Austin A. on February 25th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I hate to read


Written by Daniel C. on August 15th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The story was very good. The recording sounded like it was done in a bathroom with an inexpensive microphone.

Written by Sandy G. on August 7th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I think it's cool

Written by Anonymous on February 20th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I think this is an exceptional account of a dystopic society.

Written by Tara C on August 5th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

it is a good book. I love it but I didn't want to read it in the beginning=_= but it really is a good book.

Written by Nia H on August 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book with mild description love it ! The story though old has great characters and many conflicts that make it more interesting as the boys grow and have to work together

Written by Micaela McLean on April 30th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good light read - kept me wondering what would happen to them. Although nothing like the professional actors who read books now, I liked that the author was the reader because he put his intentions into the reading.

Written by Autumn Reed on April 1st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A whole lot of boring talk just for some mild excitement toward the end, with an unsatisfactory end. The reader sounded bored by his own story. The message of the story was interesting and the pig head part was the coolest, I suggest you read this on your own, not this audio made it hard to enjoy.

Written by Cindy Bellamy on July 28th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book is good, but it is very slow moving and left unanswered questions through out the whole story. Sure its a great book, but in my opinion this book accomplished a two at the max.

Author Details

Author Details

Golding, William

Born in Cornwall, England, William Golding started writing at the age of seven. Though he studied natural sciences at Oxford to please his parents, he also studied English and published his first book, a collection of poems, before finishing college. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion. Golding's other novels include Lord of the Flies, The Inheritors, The Spire, Rites of Passage (Booker Prize), and The Double Tongue.