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)
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.
We are watching you.
I enjoy knitting while I listen. Science fiction and historical fiction are my favorite genre'. Also like some horror, especially vampires.
I didn't like it but once started I had to finish to see what would happen. This book gave me nightmares! This is truly a horror story. No ghosts or slashers but more terrifying than anything else I've read.
I bought this book because it is "a classic" and felt that I should read/listen to it. Having now done so, I'm not quite sure how to feel about it. While listening, I found myself saying "when is this story going to take off? Where is the storyline?". Quite frankly, there were times when I couldn't wait for it to be over. Having said that, since finishing the book, I have found myself thinking about it often and pondering over certain aspects of it. Ultimately, I think I am glad that I have listened to this book and, knowing now what I am getting into, would probably do it again.
I like the verbal version. Have read the book several times but this was fun.
the primary charater is always my favorite.
He gave a stable and unintersive reading.
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