Looking Backward: 2000-1887


Read by Anna Simon

(4.4 stars; 26 reviews)

Looking Backward: 2000-1887 is a utopian novel by Edward Bellamy, first published in 1888. It was the third largest bestseller of its time, after Uncle Tom's Cabin and Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

The book tells the story of Julian West, a young American who, towards the end of the 19th century, falls into a deep, hypnosis-induced sleep and wakes up more than a century later. He finds himself in the same location (Boston, Massachusetts) but in a totally changed world: It is the year 2000 and, while he was sleeping, the U.S.A. has been transformed into a socialist utopia. This book outlines Bellamy's complex thoughts about improving the future, and is an indictment of industrial capitalism. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)

(7 hr 45 min)

Chapters

01 - Preface & Chapter 1 22:12 Read by Anna Simon
02 - Chapter 2 & 3 25:49 Read by Anna Simon
03 - Chapter 4 & 5 27:18 Read by Anna Simon
04 - Chapter 6 & 7 22:34 Read by Anna Simon
05 - Chapter 8 & 9 31:21 Read by Anna Simon
06 - Chapter 10 & 11 30:06 Read by Anna Simon
07 - Chapter 12 22:41 Read by Anna Simon
08 - Chapter 13 & 14 30:43 Read by Anna Simon
09 - Chapter 15 & 16 26:58 Read by Anna Simon
10 - Chapter 17 & 18 26:50 Read by Anna Simon
11 - Chapter 19, 20 & 21 35:57 Read by Anna Simon
12 - Chapter 22 31:09 Read by Anna Simon
13 - Chapter 23 & 24 12:41 Read by Anna Simon
14 - Chapter 25 23:55 Read by Anna Simon
15 - Chapter 26 34:14 Read by Anna Simon
16 - Chapter 27 21:15 Read by Anna Simon
17 - Chapter 28 39:22 Read by Anna Simon

Reviews

Well done futurist communist lit read beautifully

(5 stars)

As someone with naive communist sympathies, this was a great find. I can actually visualize the society laid out here. The changes in culture - the sensibilities of people with a relaxed and fulfilled well-being - are well imagined. There is a superficial romance added in; it does work for the books purposes. This is read by my favorite Librivox narrator; kind thanks to her.

Great read

(5 stars)

Great book, but most of all, the best narrator I've had the pleasure of listening to this far.

Apt title

(5 stars)

Second time around was even better. What a Visionary, with a huge body of fantastic conceptual books. A Great Mind spreading wisdom!

thoroughly enjoyed

(5 stars)

Fiction until it's a reality.

Sometimes great and Sometimes not great at all

(4 stars)

Beautyfully red by Anna Simon. This book has its visionairy moments, but sometimes has trouble getting to the point and is not so great at all. It is worth reading, but don't expect to be blown away by its content.