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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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    James 07-05-13
    James 07-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Real Glimpse Into The Future!"

    George Orwell’s, 1984, is commonly referred to as a classic. A time that looked into the future where Big Brother was watching from just about every aspect of society.

    A good read, and I really enjoyed the overall flow of the book in general. I think it’s classic reading, and a nice glimpse into the future that would spark the interest of just about everyone out there.

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    George 06-16-13
    George 06-16-13
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    "Look around: Orwell only missed it by 20 yrs"
    What did you love best about 1984?

    This bit of magnificant story telling has done so much more than withstand the test of time : time has caught up to where George Orwell was, all those years ago.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is nothing like the Orwell's Everyman, Einston Smith, making his way through the society of Oceania.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Winston Smith's encounter with Room 101.


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

    The effectiveness of the Thought Police and Winston's arc.


    Any additional comments?

    We're living in this world. The least that we can do is read the words of a prescient author and try to grasp all of the implications.

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    Christopher Slaughter Seattle, Washington 05-13-13
    Christopher Slaughter Seattle, Washington 05-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Simon Preddle reads this classic perfectly."
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1984 to be better than the print version?

    No. The audio version is great and Simon Preddle reads this classic perfectly, but I live being able to read the words when it comes to futuristic books. I will call the print version and audio version equals.


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    Rashelle 12-27-12
    Rashelle 12-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Definitely a Classic"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    I listened to it during the 2012 presidential election and it was interesting to compare the society of 1984 to where our society is and where it may be heading in the future.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job and made me feel like I was in the same room as he.


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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 12-23-12
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "WONDERFULLY DEPRESSING"

    A very well realized future history. A history were the government controls everything and big brother is always looking over your shoulder. A very compeling read. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I don't think i'll want to dip my brains into this dreary reality again. Highly recommended. ONE DOSE ONLY. Why wallow in the muck?

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    Jan 12-14-12
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    "Actually a good story"

    I was only expecting to widen my cultural reference frame by reading this book, but I actually found a good story. I enjoyed the listen.

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    Nabil 12-11-12
    Nabil 12-11-12

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    "One of the best books ever"
    What did you love best about 1984?

    From a psychological point of view, this book is very interesting. The described group dynamics and the behavior patterns deserve a closer analysis. The narrator did an awesome job in bringing this book to life!


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

    Definitely!


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    Alex BOSTON, NY, United States 11-29-12
    Alex BOSTON, NY, United States 11-29-12
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    "Incredibly Gripping"
    Where does 1984 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The amazing narration puts 1984 at the top of my audio books, right behind the Harry Potter Series!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Winston because he holds the ability to see the world around him clearly!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Scene where O'Brien is questioning Winston, it was very compelling and answered so many questions!


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

    The end scene where Winston betrays a special person, but I can't spoil it!


    Any additional comments?

    This is truly one of my favorite audio books!

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    Jim Giarrusso Hillsborough, NJ USA 11-29-12
    Jim Giarrusso Hillsborough, NJ USA 11-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dated Yet Relevant"

    I remember reading this book back when 1984 seemed very far into the future. So, it was a strange experience to listen to this book in 2012. While I remembered the central themes, I was amazed at how much of the story I didn't remember. That said, I found it to be a slow listen for almost three hours before I found myself getting hooked. There are many references to the actual world of the 1940's, as well as George Orwell's fictional history of the world in the 1950s and 1960s. I worry that each new generation of readers will not come to understand the importance of this book because they dismiss it for its historical inaccuracies.

    Yes, the warnings of the political evolution of mankind is every bit as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. Examples are all around us. When I hear our president blame everything on his predecessor, the words of Big Brother come to mind... "He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future."

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    Patrick Ballard Lithonia, GA United States 11-25-12
    Patrick Ballard Lithonia, GA United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic book, Awesome Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    The narrator in this book is awesome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

    The concepts of the Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Goldstein"s book


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

    The blueprint for world domination


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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