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.
Yes. I really enjoyed the conversations this generated with my teenage children during a long road trip.
It did seem a little too slow placed.
An uncomfortable book for those who are not used to thinking for themselves.
It was, without a doubt, the best performance of any audiobook I've heard.
Goldstein's book refers to the speed and irrepressibility of technological advance. I wonder what he would of thought of it now!
I loved how he captured the fervor of some of the characters.
When Winston reads Emmanuel Goldstein book.
This book is a classic for a reason. Everyone should read or listen to it at least once.
I thought I read it in middle school.... Then I thought I read it again in college. I must say, I truly have never read 1984. I have seen the Macintosh commercial 1984, and I have heard the misused references to Big Brother time and time again. I have assumed my entire adult life that I read 1984. I had not. And I should have!
The narration hooked me immediately into this ugly London of "the future" that is quite different from what I expected to encounter. The main character is a stark figure who is constantly in search of something just to define his existence. There is a love story here, and an adventure, and they culminate in a horrific ending that certainly is worthy of more than the daft pop culture references to the government spying on us.
If you have read 1984, let Simon Prebble tell you the story again. If you assumed you'd read 1984 at some point in your life, I assure you you probably haven't--you'd definitely remember it!
Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!
I attempted to read this book but had no luck staying interested until l listened to it. I am not sure I fully understand the ending but the plot and the details of the society are frightening and fascinating. The government has no accountability to the truth.
Brazil, Animal Farm and some other book that I forgot the title where everyone is given an alpha-numeric name. Not the Russian version, but the English version. All have the same level of hopelessness.
The scenes in the room above the antique shop.
This is the first time I "read" the audio book version of 1984. I saw the old and newer versions of the movie. I love the story, but the audio book seems more depressing. I now need to read something happier with some hope, like a good end-of-the-world story.
I had to skip through the 20+ minute appendix. When the story ended, I was ready to move on.
This is a pretty scary book about the "big brother" and his attempts controlling people by controlling their thoughts, feeling and even language. It is a sad reminder to dark regimes that still hold power in some counties
I also listened to "the picture of Dorian Gray" another great classic
This book will make feel what psychological torture is about!
Absolutely. 1984 is a classic and the narration was excellent. If you've read the book, you''ve got to listen to this.
I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read the book, or who haven't read it in a long time because my favorite moments were all true surprises for me.
Probably Winston, but they were all good.
Not really, I like to stretch audiobooks out - like a mini-series
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