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.
"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)
What a vision! If you haven't read it, its time! Funny, disturbing, scary & possible. From 1949 ... or 1984 ... or 2013? Spot on Narration by Simon Prebble. Don't let this classic pass you by.
Actually, when I was in High School, 1984 was a required read. That was the first and only time I read 1984, but it left a profound impression. Fast forward to present, and I decided to revisit this classic.
I was not disappointed, and Simon Prebble does an exemplary job of storytelling. 1984 sucks you into it's world from the very first line of the first page. In your mind it paints a grim, gray world of black and white. No future, no past, and no thinking allowed.....least the Thought Police find out.
I highly recommend this Audible classic.....you won't be disappointed.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.
Joe Rogan sent me here
It's definitely up there.
Being able to tie the events of the story to North American governments and society. I am blown away by the prophetic genius of Orwell's writing.
For sure, if that was at alI feasible... I did it in three sessions I believe.
This was a classic that I, like so many people ( I suspect) was familiar with but had never actually read. We all hear the term "Orwellian" used to describe government or future or foreign societies. I am willing to admit that, while I understood the meaning, I did not really understand, as I hadn't read 1984. This should be mandatory reading in high schools. Now, on to Animal Farm.
This is what is going on now
Animal Farm-obviously written by the same author he speak to the evil of power
read the newspaper see the film
Awesome read. Very relevant in todays world and hard to believe this was from a man in the 1940's. Now I want to read Animal Farm, Orwell's next book. Reading this, I felt a sense of paranoia, but laughing it off I realize this book brings you the emotion. Three weeks after reading this, it's still in my mind. Easy to follow even if you have constant interruptions. See for yourselves, this read won't disappoint you.
the performance is awesome. The story is sad but it grabs you right away and really doesn't let go.
There's always time for reading
I bought this book on sale. While I'm glad I read it, it felt very dated. While the story seems relevant given today's news of cyber-spying, I don't think this book really helped shed much light on news of today. I think it does a much better job of shedding light on pre-WWII Germany/rise of Hitler/Russia communism-era. I think Orwell is a fabulous writer, but I'd take Animal Farm and Burmese Days over this hands down.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I made it to the age of 40 without having been exposed to this work and I had been missing out. It is well written, well performed and, in my opinion, relevant still today.
It was amazing to me to see how Orwell describes government control in fiction that I could foresee happening right here in the near future.
A great listen.
George Orwell’s, 1984, is commonly referred to as a classic. A time that looked into the future where Big Brother was watching from just about every aspect of society.
A good read, and I really enjoyed the overall flow of the book in general. I think it’s classic reading, and a nice glimpse into the future that would spark the interest of just about everyone out there.
This bit of magnificant story telling has done so much more than withstand the test of time : time has caught up to where George Orwell was, all those years ago.
There is nothing like the Orwell's Everyman, Einston Smith, making his way through the society of Oceania.
Winston Smith's encounter with Room 101.
The effectiveness of the Thought Police and Winston's arc.
We're living in this world. The least that we can do is read the words of a prescient author and try to grasp all of the implications.
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