Great performance by narrator, Simon Prebble. In this alarming tale of absolute power corrupting absolutely, we can clearly see how aspects of Orwell's imagined dystopia in our own modern world.
The methodical and total breaking of Winston Smith.
All of the were performed flawlessly.
Clearly it would have to be, "Big Brother is Watching."
This book acts a great reminder that man has no single dark side, but many. While this book is fiction, it's a must read for everybody who fears that freedom is an easy thing to lose when you're either not vigilant or you allow yourself to be distracted or fooled.
George Orwell wrote this novel only a few years after fascists tried to control all of Europe and Asia and reminds us that those fascists were only powerful because, before they won battles by force, they won hearts and minds by propaganda and manipulation.
Tell us about yourself! I am a high school graduate with some college. I am 56 and have been a construction worker my whole life.
About one of the best ive listen to.
I like how the story, although about a future time, applies to today.
The performance was great. Even taking on female personal with professional ability.
1984 is Now.
Of course you have heard of this book, or read it. Read it now (or listen) Now you are older and it will make more sense. I listened twice to make sure i got it all. There is much there.
Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military History, Thrillers, Great Courses, Horror, and anything with a good story. Please forgive errors.
This book told the fear of the time and captured the paranoia to a tea. I still think that it is an important read for any time and generation but should also be taken with a grain of salt for those with less knowledge of the era. George Orwell captures the west's fear of the spread of totalitarianism and too much government.
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.
And still after 5 or 6 listen's it is the best of them all. Absolutely us an audible essential.
The novel is brilliant and still relevant, 60 years after it was published and 25 years after the date of its title.
The narration is excellent and helped make me a convert to audio books.
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.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I read this book a long, long time ago, but couldn't remember it at all so I decided to reread it. I am sure my life experiences and the perspective that comes with time have turned it into a much better book than I remembered it being. I found myself rooting for Winston, praying that he would have the strength of character to stand up and be the catalyst for change in this futuristic society, but he was so trapped on every side that he seemed to have no choice but to capitulate. The scary thing to me is that I get it. I understand it. Is our society headed in such a direction? It is my opinion that we will never go that far, but it is perplexing to me how many people are willing to give up their free agency little by little, of their own free will and choice. I don't want anyone else making my decisions, thank you. Yes I will make mistakes, sometimes bad ones, but this is my life to live the way I see fit, not anyone else's, least of all some nameless guy known only as "Big Brother." There is so much in this book for all of us to learn. Right now the biggest thing I am taking away from this book is gratitude for the freedoms I have left in this country, and for my own free will. It is and should be my most highly prized possession. I'm thinking that preserving our free agency is an underlying reason why God sent his Son to die for us. It's that important.
As always, Simon Prebble is an outstanding narrator. I love listening to him.
St. Louis, Missouri
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.
DO NOT remember the story from high school, thought I know I read it. It was more than captivating. A scary model of the human mind, society and relationships. Worth the time.