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)
The narration is excellent. I can't stress that enough. The reader, Simon Prebble, is terrific with an exceptional voice and expression. The content of the book is a bit of a hard slog due to the oppressive content. That is the point but still makes it somewhat difficult and makes the listener glad when it's over.
Although the year may have passed without the world becoming the explained from the story, it is a wonderful reminder to be aware of our surroundings and those leaders that we place in possitions of power.
In fact I found it rather depressing and uninteresting this time around and had to stop.
So much more than I expected. and still relevant today. Somehow I have never read this book before now. I have never read any George Orwell. The deapth of his philosophy in creating this dystopia captivated me to the brink of sympathy with Big Brother. Freedom is Slavery - I totally got that for just a moment. It is also a perversion of a Buddhist tenant. I experienced fear and horror and rage and hopelessness with our hero. This will stay with me. Bravo to the narrator too.
Kept me interested and entertained till the end. Very good performance. Makes you think about how those in power manipulate.
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