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)
Yes, it is so current with what we are dealing with in the USA regarding the Patriot Act and the NSA
It was hopelessly well written
What a performance for the reader!
Ok, I know this book is a classic. That's why I decided to read it. You know, see what all the hubbub is about. But I have to say that I didn't really enjoy the book very much. It's not a bad book, .. I think I just read it 60 years too late. Had I read it around 1949 when it first was published, I probably would have been drawn deeper into the whole "Big Brother", "The Party" fears and really gotten into the book more. Also, I kind of like a story that has some good things to happen to the protagonists. However, Winston Smith has no such luck. He lives in a society that controls everything to the extreme. Even certain thoughts are illegal. It is truly a negative Utopia. I don't think it's giving anything away, (the book is over 60 years old after all), to say that Winston Smith isn't a hero and he doesn't change the world he lives in. This is the story of Winston Smith and his relationship Big Brother. Worth a read, but not at the top of my list.
Not in the top 20 , but memorable
nothing , it is what it is
The Lead . Simon Prebble is a pleasing narrator
I did find myself grinding my teeth and jaw in suspense toward the end ( I won't spoil it )
As a child of the 80's and a teenager during the emergence of the internet , I do not think
that the fears of 1984's suggested are possible in the age of twitter and facebook .
or are they here now ?...... wait .. who is that knocking on my door ...............
The ending will stick with me forever.
Nothing comes to mind but I'm not very well read.
I've heard better but since there arn't many characters in the story he did a passable job.
Not really. It was too long for one sitting for me.
This story has more elements of reality then many might care to admit. I've seen documentaries on North Korea and you could definately see parallels.
This... Guy's... Good.
I liked the way it was thrilling in the most everyday interactions. It was just constant paranoia. The themes of war, government control, and censorship are still, if not, more relevant today. It's one of the most important and well written novels I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Warning: it's not the happiest of stories but it fully takes you through the author's creation of a future in which Big Brother, the Thought Police, and the Ministry of "Love" are in control.
The main character was the most natural
The flashbacks were particularly moving and gave us important background information of the main character.
I did enjoy this audio book, the narrator does a wonderful job.
The what could be, the what is, and the things I never thought of that may happen.
I have not.
No, it scary enough.
It was actually a pretty typical, not very exciting book until it got to about 2/3 of the way through. What happened after that is when it got interesting.
A little less of the first half and more of the last half.
I loved all the scenes towards the end with O'Brien and then the ending in particular. I really enjoy reading endings that end totally different than you expect. The whole time you are listening to this book, you are thinking it's going to have the usual twist that changes everything. But as it closer to the end, you realize it is going to end just as it should....not your typical "Happily-Ever-After" ending. I absolutely LOVED the ending! Perfect.
No, it definitely needs to be broken up into as much as you can deal with at a time. Not a quick listen.
Once you start this book, you HAVE to finish. You have to push through all the boring, monotonous parts and then it gets exciting and interesting. You have to know how it ends, and for me that was worth listening through the other parts.
Perhaps it should have been titled 2084. We're headed that way with such twisted news these days. I truly believe that if the Nazis would have won the war 1984 would have been a reality.
Yes, this is my second time listening. Each time this books seems to become more relevant and mirror the goings on in 2012 rather than 1984. Orwell was a prophet.
The narrator does a perfect job with pacing, tone. There is a melancholy resignation about this narrator yet some how soothing.
Yes however that would be a tall order only because of the content rather than the quality of the recording.
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