I read this book about 15 years ago in high school, and did not enjoy it. I thought I'd give it another try now, to see if I'd view it in a different and wiser perspective. Given the rapidly expanding government of today along with the weak economic situation, I thought I would be able to draw some parallels from this book in relation to the modern world.
Having finished it, I feel thoroughly disappointed. While I grasp the ideas the author attempts to convey to the reader, I feel it is done in the poorest context ever. The story is so utterly mundane and boring that I found my mind drifting from the story to more interesting things - like my fingernails and shoe laces. The characters are so disconnected and the relationship between them and the reader so weak, that even at the end of the book I could not get myself to care about Winston (main character) enough to give a crap about whether he lived or died. The ideas and their implications in the book are deep but are presented so poorly that I would compare it to the reading of a dictionary, or a ceiling fan warranty manual, only less interesting. It did not take long for me to remember why I hated reading this in school.
For the life of me I cannot understand why this book is so highly regarded in the world of literature. Yes, it has ideas that could cause one to have complex thoughts on many levels, but I found that the actual reading of this book was so awfully boring that it totally negated anything positive that could be derived from this novel. The main character is subjected to a great deal of torture at the end of the book... and so is the reader - as I found that the only thing more painful than the torture was reading about it. George Orwell is no wordsmith and his style of writing stinks and flows like verbal diarrhea. It even leaves a bad aftertaste, as diarrhea should, preventing one from revisiting the ideas in the book due to the runny, turd-like substance that Orwell considers to be the storyline
I'll listen to it again, because the story is so good. The narrator should never read another audio book ever again though.
John Lee is an awful narrator. One of the worst I have EVER heard. The volume levels are all over the place - the audio is either too low to hear or in some parts it blows your ear drums. His voice is VERY boring and lacks emotion. The production quality of the recording is very bad also. At one point there was so much background noise I thought the narrator was doing dishes or something. John Lee sucks.
Dune meets Firefly
Please please please never let John Lee narrate anything...... EVER. He took such a fantastic book and made it mediocre. Shame on you John Lee. You read this book like its an obituary.
Dear Mr. Robbins, please do the world a favor and never write another book.
This is the worst book I have ever read, and I am not hard to please. Ren and Stimpy seems profound compared to this book. I could not take anything seriously in this work of garbage. Crap story, disconnected characters and an abrupt ending - save your credits folks.
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