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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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    Danny Derby largo 10-27-13
    Danny Derby largo 10-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Chilling yet great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    This is a pretty scary book about the "big brother" and his attempts controlling people by controlling their thoughts, feeling and even language. It is a sad reminder to dark regimes that still hold power in some counties


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

    I also listened to "the picture of Dorian Gray" another great classic


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

    This book will make feel what psychological torture is about!


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    Cookie STAMFORD, CT, United States 10-19-13
    Cookie STAMFORD, CT, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A true classic with flawless narration!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. 1984 is a classic and the narration was excellent. If you've read the book, you''ve got to listen to this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

    I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read the book, or who haven't read it in a long time because my favorite moments were all true surprises for me.


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

    Probably Winston, but they were all good.


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

    Not really, I like to stretch audiobooks out - like a mini-series


    Any additional comments?

    What are you waiting for? This production is what audiobooks are all about - an incredible book with narration that truly does it justice. Download it today!

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    rebecca grennan FPO, AE, US 10-06-13
    rebecca grennan FPO, AE, US 10-06-13 Member Since 2013

    Truth and Love should always be found together and when I read I look for that.

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    "Everyone in America should read this book."
    What did you love best about 1984?

    It took you into the mind of someone living within a communist regime.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was truthful and caused you to consider life without freedom, even freedom of thought was challenged and even the desire of it was purged out. Exposing a feeling of helplessness and apathy that rocks you to the core.


    What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s voice?

    Dark, Mysterious, Deceitful


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

    No, It was hard to read straight through because it was so intense. You are forced to think through the experiences you are having as you listen, you want to take time to absorb as much as you can.


    Any additional comments?

    Truly an eye opener and a heart breaker.

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    Wes Fair Oaks, CA, United States 09-25-13
    Wes Fair Oaks, CA, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "1984 Again and again and again ..."

    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.

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    Darryl 09-10-13
    Darryl 09-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Required Reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.

    ---------1984

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    Curtis Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada 09-05-13
    Curtis Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada 09-05-13 Member Since 2013

    Joe Rogan sent me here

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    "Started this an Orwell's birthday"
    Where does 1984 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely up there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    For sure, if that was at alI feasible... I did it in three sessions I believe.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Peter United States 08-18-13
    Peter United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Orwell Could see the future"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    This is what is going on now


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    Animal Farm-obviously written by the same author he speak to the evil of power


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

    all


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    read the newspaper see the film


    Any additional comments?

    a clasic

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    C SAN BERNARDINO, CA, United States 08-01-13
    C SAN BERNARDINO, CA, United States 08-01-13

    lafeevertefolle

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    "Big brother is watching you"

    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.

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    Rebecca Toronto, ON, Canada 07-12-13
    Rebecca Toronto, ON, Canada 07-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    ""Amazing" What a mind."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    the performance is awesome. The story is sad but it grabs you right away and really doesn't let go.


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    P. Bergh NH 07-11-13
    P. Bergh NH 07-11-13 Member Since 2013

    There's always time for reading

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    "Kinda dated, dragged on"

    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.

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