There is nothing I can add about the story line that has not already been said, so I am focusing on my impressions of the story. I listened to this on audible, and I found the narration to be good. I had never read this classic before, but I knew the phrase "Big Brother is Watching." It was interesting to finally read the story behind it. I'm also glad that I read this as an adult, as I don't think I could have digested the concepts as well as a youth.
Parts of this were quite chilling, considering that Orwell wrote this in 1948 and he foresaw many things that relevant today in various countries. There were many thought provoking concepts, such as Winston describing that sanity is not statistical. Once I thought about that, I realized how accurate that concept was and how someone who dares to think differently than the masses is thought to be odd or even crazy. I had no idea how the story would end, but once I got there, I realized that it was the perfect ending. The appendix about New-Speak was fascinating to me - it actually made a lot of sense and it certainly simplifies the English language!
1984 is a chilling classic that cuts deep in current political climates. Orwell's prose is powerful and engaging - and Prebble's narration does not miss a note.
Orwell has an uncanny ability to expose subtle manipulations are stip away the blinders we are too often eagerly wearing in Western Society. This is what makes the story so poignant, but even if you disregard the "message," the plot is enough to keep you listening. Unforgettable.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
This work is a classic for a reason. I, personally, found some of the manipulation of the populace by the elite to be a bit too much for belief. However, after finishing this book, you will begin to see Orwellian ideals manifest themselves in the present world. The near complete control of information by N. Korea, China, and some Arab states comes to mind. You will see examples much closer to home, such as the practice among western politicians of stating something that they know to be wrong with great conviction to convince the public of its truth. The phrase "food for thought" must have been invented with '1984' in mind.
Simon Prebble's performance was outstanding.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
I have not read the print version, however after having listening to the audiobook I do not have any interest in rereading the material.
I have not read any other books like this one, but perhaps I would compare it to All Men Die Alone. It is man vs. corrupt government.
He did a great job.
Not especially since I basically knew what the book was about being a classic.
I probably would not have finished the print version or else would have speed read it. This was one of the classics that I have always meant to read. The content is still relevant today in our political climate. Fear BIg Government!
Leading a busy life, Audible has let me reunite with my passion for literature.
I did not read the print version. Unfortunately, schools had long since pulled this from the "required reading list" by the time I got there.
The moments within the "Ministry of Love" towards the conclusion.
Slow, Deep and Captivating.
Yes...but it is a very long book, and it simply MUST be broken into pieces. The chapters are also quite long which made it hard to listen to a whole one all at once.
The prophetic clarity with which Orwell wrote this book is astonishing. I could not believe the VERY specific ways that her mirrored the "Brotherhood" with today political class. I believe tis book is a must read from anyone who see how quickly we are approaching "1984".
I like to read but listening is better.
Yes. Simon Prebble takes it to another level. He takes the horror to 11.
I can't think of anything. This one stands alone for me. I found 1984 to be the most disturbing work of fiction I've ever read. Never before has a book affected me the way this has.
The Iron Voice.
The object of power is power
I obviously recognize the greatness of this book, which is why I gave the story 5 stars. However, it's hard for me to say that I love this books, because in truth I found it to be utterly horrifying. I finished reading it about 48 hours ago and I can't stop thinking about it. This book didn't change my way of thinking or make me look at the government differently or anything like that. It just really got to me on an emotional level.
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Difficult question to answer. I would recommend it to show where our country is headed if we continue on our present path... but it makes you want to kill yourself because it's so depressing.
There is no happy ending. It starts horrible and you are waiting for some good to come out of it... NOTHING.
When the two run off together for alone time. I was happy for them to be together.
Absolutely not. We can just watch it on the news every evening.
It was a well read book. Superb writing. Fantastic performance by the reader. Horribly depressing story.
This was a haunting, morbid story, but told in an absolutely engrossing way. The narration by Simon Prebble was among the best I've heard since I started getting audiobooks, which made the whole experience that much more palpable.
The whole book is taken from the point of view of Winston Smith. He lives in a totalitarian society where even a facial expression can get you arrested. Many of the things they used to control the populace are being used today in the media and politics, just not to the extent that they were used in the book. I recommend it very highly. The audiobook adds layers of reality to the experience.
Recommended for all, 1984 is a classic, and any review I would do of it would not do this justice.
The performance of the voice actor was perfect.
Simon Prebble did a flawless job of expressing the emotions written by George Orwell. The main character experiences significant stress and pain, and Prebble's voice acting captures it perfectly.
This book is very sad, but I believe it is beneficial in helping people be skeptical of would be tyrants.