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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
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"A masterpiece of poignant brilliance...heartbreaking." (The Guardian)
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By Knut on 11-07-17

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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By Kaggy on 09-05-17

He may forget himself but you never will

My first encounter with the story of Charly Gordon was many years ago when I watched the film ‘Charly’ probably in the mid-seventies. (Cliff Robertson won a well-deserved Oscar playing the title role). Charly is one of those characters that never really left me so I was delighted to be reminded of the book when it was mentioned in Matt Haig’s book ‘How to Stop Time’ and was even more pleased to find that this modern classic from the late fifties has recently been issued as a audiobook.
This story may be categorised as science fiction but in reality it is a deep exploration into the psyche of a man who up to the age of 32 has been a moron (using the delightful parlance of the day), but is then given the opportunity to massively improve his intelligence by participating in experimental surgery. What follows is a moving and tragic tale of a man who achieves everything he has ever wanted but is unable to cope with the burden of finding himself at the opposite end of the intelligence spectrum with the incumbent memories and understanding of his former life and self. He has to face up to how he had appeared to and was treated by other people, his rejection by his family and the problems brought about by his supressed sexuality and his desire to be with the woman he loves.
Admittedly there are scenes in this book that will make you weep but if you are prepared to embark on a journey with a deeply human and insightful man, you will be richly rewarded. Does this story stand the test of time? Yes it does absolutely, and it is wonderful that is getting a well-deserved revival. The narration of this audiobook is superb and I congratulate Adam Sims for so brilliantly breathing new life into Charly Gordon.

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By James O'Flynn on 02-19-18

not bad, but grim

The story is interesting, the characters are reasonably interesting, but the bleak trajectory of the plot left me with a sense of hopelessness. what was the point of it all...

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By Andy on 02-10-18

Amazing novel

If you could sum up Flowers for Algernon in three words, what would they be?

Challenging, moving, interesting

What does Adam Sims bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Really well read. Good character voices without trying to be overly theatrical

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but dont want to spoil the plot.

Any additional comments?

This is an amazing book and well worth the listen. I knew the concept before I started it but never imagined how deeply it would be explored.

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