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1984 Audiobook

1984: New Classic Edition

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: The ultimate dystopia. 1984 has come and gone, but Orwell is still as poignant as ever. Simon Prebble's narration, enriched with forboding music and effects, provides the perfect blend of seriousness and disaffection. Writ large in audio and rendered scarier than Stephen King on a late-night country-road drive, it makes you wonder all over again how right Orwell was. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this dramatically popular book.

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote.

Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's nightmare vision of the world we were becoming in 1949 is still the great modern classic portrait of a negative Utopia.

©1949 Harcourt Brace and Company, renewed ©1977 Sonia Brownell Orwell; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Nominee, 2008 Audie Award, Classic

"It is probable that no other work of this generation has made us desire freedom more earnestly or loathe tyranny with such fullness." (New York Times, 1949)

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    "Perfect Narrator"

    Classic story. Narrator was a perfect fit for the story and setting. Worth listening to if you are interested in hearing this classic.

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    Brandon 02-10-16
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    "Depressing but with much merit."

    The narration is excellent. I can't stress that enough. The reader, Simon Prebble, is terrific with an exceptional voice and expression. The content of the book is a bit of a hard slog due to the oppressive content. That is the point but still makes it somewhat difficult and makes the listener glad when it's over.

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    "ever present classic"

    Although the year may have passed without the world becoming the explained from the story, it is a wonderful reminder to be aware of our surroundings and those leaders that we place in possitions of power.

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    "Didn't finish - not as good as I remember from high school"

    In fact I found it rather depressing and uninteresting this time around and had to stop.

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    Michael C. 01-28-16
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    "Terrifying!"

    So much more than I expected. and still relevant today. Somehow I have never read this book before now. I have never read any George Orwell. The deapth of his philosophy in creating this dystopia captivated me to the brink of sympathy with Big Brother. Freedom is Slavery - I totally got that for just a moment. It is also a perversion of a Buddhist tenant. I experienced fear and horror and rage and hopelessness with our hero. This will stay with me. Bravo to the narrator too.

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    "ahead of its time. scary."

    great listen. way ahead of itwtime. very scary in that sense. a true classic for anyone.

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    "I felt as if a boot were stamping on my face."

    The narrator does not hold back. His performance is masterful and fully succeeds in dropping you right smack into Orwell's nightmare.

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    Harold Bethlehem, South Africa 01-16-16
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    "Understand why so highly acclaimed."

    Kept me interested and entertained till the end. Very good performance. Makes you think about how those in power manipulate.

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    "Awesome!"

    The realism of the story echoed the reality of today. Scary! Well worth listening to again.

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    "Performance great, book slow"

    Performance was outstanding, but dear God was that dull at times. Could have been a short story.

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