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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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    Bill Mansfield 12-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    Difficult to hear but still relevant in 2015. Very well narrated and Orwell was a keen prophet of the politics. Tough times demand much of a democratic society's populace. Can we deny our laziness of thought to maintain our personal and political sovereignty? I hope so.

    Other great books are The Fountainhead and Undaunted Courage.

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    raul del portillo 12-14-15
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    "Mr. Orwell had a crystal ball. A great visionary."
    What did you love best about 1984?

    How was he able to see so far into the future? I know he took scraps from soviet life and Nazi Germany and developed them until he had created a world where the Party was all. It read like a novel, yet was as informative as a history book. It was a preview of what is to come if we allow it... surveillance cameras, nsa, isis, etc.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even in a world where personal relations are abhorred, they still blossom and seek each other out. How human nature overcomes all odds and only when facing total devastation will it surrender.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moment when Wilson and Julia actually had first contact.


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

    I wished I could have... no such luck... it was hard to interrupt.


    Any additional comments?

    A gifted imagination. A writer that takes a sordid, terrifying topic and turns it into a how to of what not to do. I think Rene Descartes was thinking of Wilson when he said... I think, therefore I am...

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    Mark Eliot 12-14-15
    Mark Eliot 12-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    This audiobook is thoroughly enjoyable, but as with the novel, utterly depressing. Bleak and lacking hope. Perfect. The reading quality is excellent.

    A must listen if you've never read or heard the book before.

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    Daniel 12-12-15
    Daniel 12-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "2+2=5"

    Very thought provoking and introspective perspective of our society. Audio book brings to life, the characters thoughts, as if you were experiencing the events yourself. Did I generate this thought, or was it supplanted?...Lol This book is a very fun ear read.

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    courtney lucas 12-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book I've ever read!"

    Much of what Orwell foretold in this tale has already come to pass. Hopefully this is not the future we are destined for. Great read, I will be recommending 1984 to everyone I can.

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    Sarah 11-25-15
    Sarah 11-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Spectacular"

    I've heard so many amazing reviews about the book, and as it is such a classic novel the thing that bought for me was the performance, which made the book very engaging and lively..you can feel that you are very connected with the characters and the story.
    Overall, that was a spectacular experience and the narration of Simon Prebble is phenomenal, enjoyed it.

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    PoppaS 11-19-15
    PoppaS 11-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic"

    If you haven't read the book, you must. If you have read the book, read it again.

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    Hai 11-17-15
    Hai 11-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great buy"
    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    Yes. I love the narrator's voice and the plot


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    O'Brien


    Any additional comments?

    I'm obsessed with this book. This is the best audio book I have listened to so far.

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    David 11-14-15
    David 11-14-15
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    "Chilling, enthralling, brilliant"

    A haunting and sinister performance of 1984. I haven't been able to sleep since commencing listening. Doubleplusgood.

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    Lea Herdler 11-12-15
    Lea Herdler 11-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This narrator brings an already phenomenal book to a whole new level!"

    Everything about this book was amazing: disturbing content, clear story line, spot-on imagery... But the narrator truly makes for an unforgettable experience. I highly implore anyone who has difficulty listening to a book unless they love the narrator to seriously consider this one. You won't be disappointed.

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