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.
As an English teacher who never read Nineteen Eighty-Four when I was in high school, I felt compelled to read it now. I certainly enjoyed parts of the book, but some sections, especially the extended section where the main character is reading directly from the book, was rather boring. It didn't add to the movement of the story or add any information about his society that I hadn't already figured out. I also felt the ending droned on and I was begging the narrator to kill the character off just so I wouldn't have to listen any more. I'm glad I can say that I've read it and I have nothing bad to say about the narrator, but it's not anywhere near the top of my list of loved books.
That’s not me speaking; it’s George Orwell. Writing under something more than the usual pressure of a publisher’s deadline—he was also fighting a losing battle with tuberculosis—Orwell did get the book finished, and we are all better off for his tenacity. I can think of few better recommendations than the fact that among 1984’s first readers was Winston Churchill. And he read it twice. Fitting for the man who has been dubbed “The Last Lion”; Orwell’s working title for 1984 was “The Last Man in Europe”.
It’s needless to go into the haunting parallels between the novel and our times. Campus speech codes, a sort of radical conformism that channels most public discussion, an inability on the part of many people to “connect the dots” on issues of the day, all find their counterpart in Big Brother, newspeak, thought crimes and doublethink. Other novels attain the status of “classic” by showing us as we are. 1984 earned it by showing us what we would become.
But all that has been the stuff of comment and critique for decades, by brains far more acute than mine. No need here to argue you into listening to 1984; everyone should (and I should have years sooner). More to the point, since there is more than one audio version of this essential book out there, you need to know about the quality of the reading and the recording.
It fully earns the title "New Classic Edition". Simon Prebble who, along with Simon Vance, is becoming one of my favorite readers, is simply magnificent here. There is a languid undercurrent to his voice that expresses the intolerable burdens endured in Winston Smith’s world. Yet just as easily, Prebble can bring his diction to a sharp point during moments of danger and crisis.
Overall the recording quality is excellent, though unfortunately punctuated more than a few times by fluctuations in the room tone—as if some sentences or paragraphs had to be re-recorded in a different studio. That said it doesn’t really get in the way of Orwell’s writing or Prebble’s delivery. The story keeps you as engaged as any thriller. The setting is as familiar and strange as the landscape of your last bad dream. And the themes will hang with you long after the end credits.
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.
Love well written and well narrated books of any type.
Simon Prebble's narration was impeccable and the storyline was scary enough to keep me listening.
I will likely read more of Orwell's works. I read this in high school but had forgotten most of the plot. Simon Prebble's performance brought the book to life.
Even though this was fiction the story felt true to life. The events could happen in any totalitarian regime.
This book is a bargain and I am happy I listened to it.
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When I first read "1984", I was still a child. It's been well over two decades since I thought of this book. It was a mandatory read from our English teacher either in high school or even in middle school. I am showing my age as I write this review.
I remembered turning the pages rapidly and glancing through until I got to the "good" part. Remind you, I was a teenager with newly discover hormones. It was just another assignment that was due before getting a progress report.
I think, at the time, I didn't even finished the book and ended up watching the movie to complete the homework. I need to thank my teachers for making us read 1984 because after I finish this book, it unleashed my shelter mind to start questioning and be more critical at what I was observing.
Almost 20 some years after, I decided to read this book again and it is better than the text. I really hope George Orwell's texts is still a requirement in schools for our young minds to challenge authorities.