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.
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.
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.
This book is absolutely amazing at how accurate it portrays America today! If you have questions on the direction of this country.....read/listen to this book now!
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.
Simon Prebble is masterful. So much so that I bought "Dorian Grey" just because he's the narrator.
1984 is shockingly apropos to our current media and party dynamics. The tactics to cultivate fear and prevent critical thought laid out in the book have been employed by power so often that they must have thought they were reading a guidebook rather than a cautionary tale.
Again, the narrator is marvelous.