The hero is anyone who has ever longed for escape to a better life. The time is tomorrow. The place is a Utopian America. This is the backdrop for Edward Bellamy's prophetic novel about a young Boston gentleman who is mysteriously transported from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, from a world of war and want to a world of peace and plenty. Translated into more than twenty languages, and the most widely read novel of its time, Looking Backward is more than a brilliant visionary's view of the future. It is a blueprint of the "perfect society," a guidebook that stimulated some of the prominent thinkers of our age. John Dewey, Charles Beard, and Edward Weeks, in separate surveys conducted in 1935, listed Edward Bellamy's novel as the most influential work written by an American in the preceding fifty years.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Steven on 27-10-11

A good presentation of a great classic

Looking Backwards is a classic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries which contains some of the early ideas of what would become the socialist movement. It is a Utopian novel in which a man form the 18th century is transported to the 21st. I think it is a fascinating picture into the 18th century mindset of what a perfect culture society could be.
To me this is not a book about what 'should' be, but instead it is about what 'could have been.'
The narration is crisp, if a bit fast passed, though to me this fits.
Overall I liked this version of the book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting glimpse into a possible version of our world today as dreamed up by a 18th century author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark Nelson on 23-04-12

What would a world without money be like?

What made the experience of listening to Looking Backward the most enjoyable?

We've all heard that (the love of) money is the root of all evil, but we can't imagine a world without it. This is exactly what the author does. He describes a world of the future where people act to benefit everyone, rather than having everyone do whatever it takes to get ahead. This is a story I'll listen to many times, because it describes the kind of future that I would like to be part of.

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