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1984: New Classic Edition | [George Orwell]

1984: New Classic Edition

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.
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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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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 12-23-12
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "WONDERFULLY DEPRESSING"

    A very well realized future history. A history were the government controls everything and big brother is always looking over your shoulder. A very compeling read. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I don't think i'll want to dip my brains into this dreary reality again. Highly recommended. ONE DOSE ONLY. Why wallow in the muck?

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    "Actually a good story"

    I was only expecting to widen my cultural reference frame by reading this book, but I actually found a good story. I enjoyed the listen.

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    Nabil 12-11-12
    Nabil 12-11-12

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    "One of the best books ever"
    What did you love best about 1984?

    From a psychological point of view, this book is very interesting. The described group dynamics and the behavior patterns deserve a closer analysis. The narrator did an awesome job in bringing this book to life!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely!


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    Alex BOSTON, NY, United States 11-29-12
    Alex BOSTON, NY, United States 11-29-12
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    "Incredibly Gripping"
    Where does 1984 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The amazing narration puts 1984 at the top of my audio books, right behind the Harry Potter Series!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Winston because he holds the ability to see the world around him clearly!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Scene where O'Brien is questioning Winston, it was very compelling and answered so many questions!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end scene where Winston betrays a special person, but I can't spoil it!


    Any additional comments?

    This is truly one of my favorite audio books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Giarrusso Hillsborough, NJ USA 11-29-12
    Jim Giarrusso Hillsborough, NJ USA 11-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dated Yet Relevant"

    I remember reading this book back when 1984 seemed very far into the future. So, it was a strange experience to listen to this book in 2012. While I remembered the central themes, I was amazed at how much of the story I didn't remember. That said, I found it to be a slow listen for almost three hours before I found myself getting hooked. There are many references to the actual world of the 1940's, as well as George Orwell's fictional history of the world in the 1950s and 1960s. I worry that each new generation of readers will not come to understand the importance of this book because they dismiss it for its historical inaccuracies.

    Yes, the warnings of the political evolution of mankind is every bit as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. Examples are all around us. When I hear our president blame everything on his predecessor, the words of Big Brother come to mind... "He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future."

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    Patrick Ballard Lithonia, GA United States 11-25-12
    Patrick Ballard Lithonia, GA United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic book, Awesome Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    The narrator in this book is awesome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

    The concepts of the Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Goldstein"s book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The blueprint for world domination


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Stanbro 11-12-12

    Love kitties, quilting, and cooking

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    "Depressing book."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I can't think of anything I would change, but it was a sad story, and it brought me down.


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    Can't think of anything I would compare it to.


    What aspect of Simon Prebble’s performance would you have changed?

    His reading was a bit monotone.


    Was 1984 worth the listening time?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I read 1984 because it is a classic and because I felt I was missing some cultural references by never having read it. It was worth reading for that reason, but the story is very sad and depressing. I read it shortly before the 2012 election and it was eerily reminiscent of the times, especially the rewriting of history. I'm not sorry for having read it, but I don't like stories that don't have a good outcome. I'm reading for entertainment. If I want to be depressed, I'll just watch Congress in action on any day of the year.

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    flystraightup 11-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A political nightmare"

    George Orwell's classic dystopian world is brought to life in this audio retelling of 1984. This performance requires some patience on the part of the listener as the Story of Winston Smith starts to unfold. The narrator, Simon Prebble gives a very true performance, but the work describes a world that is gray, dingy, depressing, and humorless, so the narration seems dry, dull and boring. But the performance merely reflects the mood of the book, as the nightmare that is Airstrip One in the nation of Oceania unfolds.

    The performance really picks up as the characters of Winston, Julia and O'Brien form and come to life. Stick with this one; you will be rewarded in the end. Well, before the end, actually. After sixty-five years, 1984 remains a chilling, frightening portrait of a world that might have been. And could still be.

    Big Brother is watching!

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    A. Soriano 10-10-12
    A. Soriano 10-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you try another book from George Orwell and/or Simon Prebble?

    If I were given a compelling reason by an opinion I trust, I'd be willing to trudge once more into an Orwell story. Simon Prebble (this audiobook's narrator) did a wonderful job.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George Orwell again?

    Again, only if it were recommended by someone I know.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did not have a favorite scene outside the fact that there were a handful that I particularly DISliked--so everything else, I suppose.


    Was 1984 worth the listening time?

    It was only worth my time in that I can better appreciate social references made to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    [Some SPOILER information below...]
    I probably would have liked this story more if I cared at all about the main character. Winston has no really great attributes--on the contrary, he was at best a boring, depressing man who then totally lost me when he fantasized about rape and murder. I just did not connect with him at all throughout the narrative.
    By the time I had gotten a few chapters in, the only thing keeping me going was the fact that I was already "in for a penny." There are numerous places where the narrative is unnecessarily repetitive, describing and re-describing the way some particular policy functions. To be honest, I zoned out a bit during these parts.
    Knowing what I know now, I'd probably just have saved my book credit and settled for a synopsis or--dare I say it--a film adaptation. That's right. I said it.

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    Ally Zebulon, NC, United States 10-08-12
    Ally Zebulon, NC, United States 10-08-12
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    "Not what I expected"
    If you could sum up 1984 in three words, what would they be?

    Totally unexpected


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    Not sure. I might say its a more adult version of the hunger game.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not really sure. The whole book is full of twists and turns


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not a particular scene. The entire book moved me.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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