Not sure what I can say about this book that hasn't already been said. Classic example of political movements and how propaganda and mass surveillance is used to keep a population fearful and subservient.
George Orwells insight 65 years at go are as true today as they were for the cold war. in a day of Ipads and an NSA snooping how could any one person have predited the technology and the abuse of that technology. almost like devine inspiration. It reminds me of the book of Revelation.
The book is a classic, so I had high expectations for it, but it was just not that interesting. Nothing is more boring than having someone read a book inside of the book you are reading. Orwell gets in one solid chapter of book reading in 1984 and its just confirmation of stuff you already know or suspect. Nothing is left to the imagination as each aspect of Big Brother is spelled out (sometimes multiple times). I struggled to keep my interest long enough to listen until the end and it didn't really pay off as the ending is uneventful. The appendices at the end just add to the tedium, so they fit right in. I suggest listening at 1.5x speed to try to get it over with as soon as possible.
Still frightfully relevant, this dystopian view of humanity's future is masterfully conceived, rendered and performed.
Highly recommended to anyone from their teens on up. Should be re-read later in life as well!
I decided to listen to this book since my daughter was reading it for her English class. It has a few moments that provoke deep thought- but overall just a lot of rambling. Don't waste your time! although I will say that the narrator it an excellent job with the subject.
Nice hearing this classic performed so well. Had forgotten much of the story. Was surprised how much forward thinking was included for the time it was written.
It did hold me until the very end, despite the backend of the story filling in much of the details of the society in a way that didn't use the characters.
Regardless, the novel and the performance left me very tense which was perfect. Truly a lesson we should all pay attention too.
Depressing and sounds to much like what is happening in today's world politics. Especially with political correctness. Aka new speak.