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)
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.
I decided to listen to the audiobook version of 1984 because I hadn’t read it in a while. I have never heard a more perfect rendition of a novel... Prebble’s narration is sublime. A powerful performance.
Changed for life!
I wish I could answer the question
War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.
I have never read (or listened to) an author that is able to write as beautifully as Orwell. The way he writes is simply brilliant. This is my first book by Orwell and by no means my last! I sit here impatiently, greedy for more.
Simply put, my favorite book of all time. Orwell's clear portrayal of communism in the 1950's, embellished with amazing details of daily life amidst an overbearing government make for a truly great read. The subtleties are everywhere. From Victory Gin to the Ministry of Truth to Doublethink to the Ingsoc party slogan: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. 1984 is a wonderful and imaginitive story as well as a strong political statement that is still relevant today. The narration is top notch. I give this book a rating of double plus good.
I read this book for the first time about 15 years ago and thought it was amazingly accurate in its predictions. I just got the audiobook and listened to it again in 2011 and am even more impressed at how similar our current political environment is to the one in this story. It almost seems like the elite who run this planet used Orwells book as a reference guide to enslave humanity.
You never know , i know that growing up and living in "eastern block "we wore one step away from this utopia , don't ever let this happen in good U. S. of A . book is a true classic worth to read and must to know !!
I tried reading the novel but I found it too densely packed for my taste…I lost interest very quickly and put it down. I knew this novel was a political/philosophical classic and decided to try the audiobook. It was slow and bleak in the beginning but the more I heard the more engrossed I became and it was soon that I couldn’t stop listening. The novel is a masterpiece and the audio rendition enabled me to appreciate what I know I would have definitely never read again.
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