This is my very first review of an audiobook. I needed to write a review and say how great this reading is. I have read this book before and while it was an enthralling read, nothing compares to this audiobook. I agree with others that Simon Prebble adds a fantastic level of eeriness to the story. You are taken to this bleak and dark future of humanity. An excellent cross over between science fiction and political science. I am just as afraid of the possibility of this future as readers were sixty years ago. Don't stick your head down a memory hole -- remember this visionary tale when you see the parallels in today's global societies.
The story is of course a classic and becoming more relevant every day especially in the USA. The advent of smart TV's and the ability for the cameras to be used subversively to spy on people, (telly-screens) the liberal snowflake 'free speech only if you agree with us" (thought police) the sneaky editing of books and historical information as it is uploaded to the internet ( Winston's job) really exist,
obvioulsy Winston because you can relate to it
This is the icing on the cake. It is Simon's narration that brings this book to life.
Listen to it and get absorbed in it but understand there are lessons to be learned
Dark unforgettable classic
The futuristic story, spooky plot and overall depth of the story.
Good change in tone for various characters
Yes - after it really got rolling.
The review said this book was like a Stephen King novel and it was right! Hard to believe this book is 60+ years old, but easy to understand why it is on every classic book list. This is the kind of book that you keep thinking about long after you have read it and raises the bar on the types of book you will want to read.
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!
I've always wanted to read this book, and I found it incredibly engrossing. I'm now hooked on audiobooks. Simon Prebble's narration really brought the story to life.
narrator is the best ever and I go through 3 or 4 audio books a month. such a great book
George Orwell's 1984 creates a convincing an hopeless dystopian future that many novels and movies have been modeled after. It grabs you and convinces you that there may be ways out of the system that has been created only to see them utterly dashed. The book has become timeless and it really has earned it.
Winston is a very relatable character, and you feel drawn to him quickly. His exploration of the limits of EngSoc help you empathize with him. Other characters, such as Julia and O'Brien quickly become unforgettable as you struggle with whether to hate them or warm to them.
While many elements in the book are just as relevant today as they were in 1949 (some even more so) there are other parts that seem distractingly obsolete. George Orwell also seems to take it for granted that the Inner Party will permanently have a unity of purpose. I can understand the reason he doesn't acknowledge this possibility: he doesn't want there to be any possibility of escape for Winston. The appendix also isn't necessary unless you find the idea of NewSpeak interesting.
Simon Prebble does a great job bringing this story to life. I only know him as the computer from Courage the Cowardly Dog, but his voice is totally appropriate for 1984. The only problem I had with his performance was that it could be difficult to follow scenes if the imagery changed too rapidly (especially the ending). Otherwise, he created very compelling character voices for the novel.
1984 is a great book to pick up if you're a fan of the idea of dystopia. I wouldn't recommend this one, however, if you're looking for a pick-me-up story. Big Brother with crush you down again and again.
Are the concepts in this book left or right leaning? To fully appreciate it, you need to let go of your political views and witness this story of unrelenting oppression. Fear that anyone should experience such a hell and think about what aspects of your own political ideals might lead us there. It's not the left or the right that will lead us to such a hell; it's the blind and credulous hatred of the other. Are you for the library of your fellow man or are you only for the party?