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)
Incredibly thoughtful and masterfully written
Orwell is kind of his own style.
it actually made me really sad and kind of depressed but in a way that's really important.
amazing book that is important for a lot of reasons.
Prophetic, gripping, instructive
Orwell's understanding of what ir means to be an individual in modern life.
He is a master of multiple voices. ---A powerful range.
What does it mean to be human?
I finally got to listen to one of the classics I'd always wanted to read. It was time well spent.
It certainly makes one wonder about the motivations and methods of those in power, in any society. I'll take democracy over totalitarianism any day.
Can't change a classic.
Narration was appropriate. British accent makes it euphonious.
Probably not. Too dated...
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
This book was alright had a hard time staying with it, but for some it would be a good read.
1984 is a classic book that should be read by everyone. Orwell was a wonderful writer and creates a consistent, frightening world. We see many of his ideas in play in our current culture and an understanding of this work helps to see what is going on around us.
All that aside, this is a very good story, well written with strong characters. I have read this story several times and have always enjoyed it. The performance by Simon Prebble is top notch and only adds to the enjoyment of the work.
I understand why 1984 matters. If we allow ourselves to be controlled blindly by a system of authority and cease to think for ourselves, we lose our sense of self and lose our free will. I get it but, honestly, I just don't like such sad stories unless they have a few "grave diggers" in them and this one sure doesn't. Listen anyway because it's a classic.
This book was written in 1949 and George Orwell saw what is happening today. Today the government has the ability and 'claimed' right to turn on your webcam and watch you under the guise of 'anti-terrorism'. When you read this book and you think about what is happening to our rights you will see that this warning is still needed. If you disagree then read the Supreme Court ruling on strip searches. The changing of 'arrest; to 'detainment' to keep people locked up longer without giving them access to courts or lawyers. The Defense Authorization Act (which now applies to you) is the best example along with the Patriot Act. Read this and then read Animal farm and understand what is really happening.
Simon Prebble's narration is simply the best.
1984 is at times sad, touching, nauseating, heart-wrenching, terrifying and always brilliant. I regret not reading/listening sooner!
I still cannot believe that I had never read this book until now. It is such a classic that there really isn't anything I could add to how great it is.
All I can say is that I'm glad I chose to go with the audio book. This is one of the best narrators I've come across, and I really hope I'll get a chance to listen to him again.
Yes. It gives personality to the characters. Plus it means that I don't get a reprieve from the absolute horror.
This was DISGUSTING. But as it's supposed to be a revolting dystopia it's doing a good job. I found it hard to get through because I felt the horror of the absolute state. Did I enjoy it? I don't know. I enjoyed it in the way I enjoyed Watchmen. I did not enjoy it in the same way I enjoy a comedy or an ice cream cone.
He brought the story to life. I felt the starkness of the world, the omnipresence of the suffering. He was so expressive in his performance.
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