DO NOT remember the story from high school, thought I know I read it. It was more than captivating. A scary model of the human mind, society and relationships. Worth the time.
The narration by Simon Prebble took an awesome story and made it fantastic! This is well worth a credit. I was totally engrossed and couldn't wait for my train journey to continue listening everyday.
First. This audio book was very well done. The voice actor was one of the best I've listened to among the many novels I've bought form audible.
Almost too good. The story is brought to life almost painfully at times. You WILL enter the world of 1984. At the end you will, as I did, spend time thinking about similarities between the world of 1984 and today. Good luck to us all!
Well narrated classic that did a fair job of predicting what 1984 would be like while adding the twist of the technology in the hands of a group with a clear goal of simply maintaining power and increasing it. Surprising part of the book (for someone who didn't read reviews) is the amount of time spent on detailed description of torture and the impact on the human body and mind. Very depressing.
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The foresight to what is happening today and maybe it has always been happening. But it is uncanny how accurate the book is. He may have been just a few years off. If you are a bit curious, you won't be disappointed.
This is an amazing book and I love the reader! I have read this book a number of times and now listening to it for the first time I must admit that I'm now hooked on audio books.
Love this story, still very relevant today. I would err away from this particular audio book though. Nothing wrong with the performance, the narrator has a strong British accent which may be an issue for some, but if you've seen some British shows or are at least a little familiar with a British movie or two, you'll be fine. My major gripe with this (and the reason for my conflicting scores) is the audio quality. It sounds like it was recorded with a happy meal toy microphone, projected from a boombox speaker straight from 1987, then re-recorded with your first Nokia cell phone.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
George Orwell published “1984” in 1949. Orwell’s vision of totalitarianism, technology, and thought control match fears and failures of nations from the time of Churchill’s 1946 “Iron Curtain” speech to the present day. Orwell’s relevance seems as spot-on today as it was in 1949.
Totalitarianism continues to reign in many parts of the world; particularly in the Middle East, parts of Asia, and Africa. Technology then and now is a threat to everyone’s privacy and self-determination. Advances in social media through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, with the help of Google, Yahoo, and Bing, are encroaching on everyone’s right to privacy and personal thought.
A striking parallel between Orwell’s “1984” and today is the inchoate and confused revolutionary zeal of Orwell’s hero/victim and the 21st century “Occupy Wall Street” movement. The “Occupy Wall Street” movement has little focus with protesters that cannot formulate an action plan to actualize their revolution. Today’s Moneyocracy is the Upper Class Comradeship in “1984” and the “Occupy Wall Street” protester is Orwell’s revolutionary hero/victim.
Orwell is as prescient today as he was in 1949. However, a monumental difference lays in the rise of non-state terrorism. The statelessness of AL Qaeda like movements add a different dimension to Orwell’s “1984”. Invasion of privacy by nation-states, with a status qua objective, become more acceptable, even to democratically inclined nations. Drawing the line between freedom of choice and government control becomes more difficult.
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.