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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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    JOHN H. RUSSELL III 06-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "living in time"

    A true Eye Opener.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Justin SPANISH FORT, ALABAMA, United States 06-26-13
    Justin SPANISH FORT, ALABAMA, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Timely and Powerful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is so current with what we are dealing with in the USA regarding the Patriot Act and the NSA


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was hopelessly well written


    Any additional comments?

    What a performance for the reader!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Barker Cana Va 06-08-13
    Brad Barker Cana Va 06-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great performance! Story was a downer...."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brett 05-05-13
    brett 05-05-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Not as dreadful as I thought"
    Where does 1984 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not in the top 20 , but memorable


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    nothing , it is what it is


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    The Lead . Simon Prebble is a pleasing narrator


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

    I did find myself grinding my teeth and jaw in suspense toward the end ( I won't spoil it )


    Any additional comments?

    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 ...............

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CALEB Fredonia, PA, United States 03-27-13
    CALEB Fredonia, PA, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Haunting story, so glad I listened."
    What did you love best about 1984?

    The ending will stick with me forever.


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    Nothing comes to mind but I'm not very well read.


    Did Simon Prebble do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I've heard better but since there arn't many characters in the story he did a passable job.


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

    Not really. It was too long for one sitting for me.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ivan 02-20-13
    Ivan 02-20-13
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    "Wow"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This... Guy's... Good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    The main character was the most natural


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

    The flashbacks were particularly moving and gave us important background information of the main character.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Savannah, GA, United States 01-06-13
    Katie Savannah, GA, United States 01-06-13
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    "Chilling"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy this audio book, the narrator does a wonderful job.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The what could be, the what is, and the things I never thought of that may happen.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Do you think 1984 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it scary enough.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daleya SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT, United States 12-23-12
    Daleya SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't love it UNTIL the end!"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little less of the first half and more of the last half.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    No, it definitely needs to be broken up into as much as you can deal with at a time. Not a quick listen.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susanna Woodland Hills, CA, United States 12-22-12
    Susanna Woodland Hills, CA, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mind Control or Fox News?"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Martinez, CA, United States 12-21-12
    Natalie Martinez, CA, United States 12-21-12
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    "Classic Dystopian Bedtime Story"
    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator does a perfect job with pacing, tone. There is a melancholy resignation about this narrator yet some how soothing.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Winston Smith-


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

    Yes however that would be a tall order only because of the content rather than the quality of the recording.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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