Depressing and sounds to much like what is happening in today's world politics. Especially with political correctness. Aka new speak.
the book is a classic, but doesn't really make for a great listen. the narration was so slow I had to listen at double speed.
I have read a number of novels, but I am more of a casual reader so feel free to write my opinion off as naive. In my experience this is the greatest novel ever written. The story suffocates you giving only brief respites of air to make something as simple as real coffee or a kiss seem monumental. Not only is this book beautifully crafted its message and commentary are so important and poignant. If there is one book everyone could benefit from reading, it is this one in my opinion.
A very most intriguing book performed very well by the narrator. I had read this book multiple times in hardback but this was my first time listening to it. The inflections and emotional range of the narrator's voice are similar to the ones i have in my head when I read making this audio version very enjoyable. (As great as this book is, don't watch the movie. There is a great deal of internal dialogue that cinema is not designed to capture and present well)
I wouldn't go so far to say I enjoyed it, but I do think it's a must read (listen) to anybody who hasn't already. Having made it through high school and the twenty years following, while somehow managing to have never read this book, I was treated to many "aha" moments throughout the story.
orwell sees future
the accuracy of orwell's predictions of the future are amazing
energy and emotion
yes, the fact that this book was written in the 1940s blew my mind because of the accuracy of his predictions
this book really makes you think
As I wrote in my comments on Brave New World, I just finished a series of dystopian classics including Fahrenheit 451, Darkness at Noon, 1984, and Brave New World.
Of course, I read them all in high school. Rereading them as an adult decades later, they were even better and more powerful. For those who see the current events of today sliding into a new Dark Ages, they are a strong guide and warning.
1984 struck me as a version of the esoteric warnings provided beneath the surface of Plato's Republic. The dissolution of the family, the destruction of personal bonds, the "noble lie," the rule of the philosopher king, the stratification of classes demanded in a society that seeks "perfection" are all to be found in Orwell.
We live in a time of "newspeak" in which words no longer mean what they did a century ago.
The narration was excellent, and kept the tension going throughout the book.
I strongly recommend that everyone who read these four books in high school, revisit them today. They are better and more predictive than ever.
1984 is an excellent performance of this Orwellian classic, and is one of my all-time favorites.
Simon Prebble is outstanding in his recitation of this classic, his narration adds a new layer to the story that you don't get when reading for yourself!