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.
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.
Putting books on the back burner.
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.
Married with 4 children. Love listening to the books. I have a variety of interests in titles.
I liked the book, but just okay. I've read some lately that are much more captivating.
Most of us of a certain age read "1984" in high school. Maybe saw the play. Certainly heard about it and Orwell's vision of the totalitarian state of the future. And I bet most of us have forgotten how eerie and troubling it was. This is a book that raises more questions about current society than it answers, and the questions are ones we should revisit. The England in the book could have been/could be any democracy that barters away its freedoms for what passes for stability, but isn't. Try it again with you're adult eyes, ears and minds and you won't be disappointed. And Simon Prebble, the reader, is a master of his craft.