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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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    Alan 06-01-12
    Alan 06-01-12

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "interesting but not an easy read"

    This book was alright had a hard time staying with it, but for some it would be a good read.

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    Bill Manassas, VA, United States 05-10-12
    Bill Manassas, VA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A classic book well 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.

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    Seeker77 Dunkirk, MD United States 05-08-12
    Seeker77 Dunkirk, MD United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I guess it's a classic if you say so."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 04-26-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Manual for today's world"

    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.

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    suzanne Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-22-12
    suzanne Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I wish I had read this sooner!"
    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Prebble's narration is simply the best.


    Any additional comments?

    1984 is at times sad, touching, nauseating, heart-wrenching, terrifying and always brilliant. I regret not reading/listening sooner!

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    Julia 04-18-12
    Julia 04-18-12
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    "A great adaptation of a classic"

    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.

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    Natalie Anderson, MO, United States 03-22-12
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    "Horror"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1984 to be better than the print version?

    Yes. It gives personality to the characters. Plus it means that I don't get a reprieve from the absolute horror.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    We are watching you.


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    Lynn 02-22-12
    Lynn 02-22-12

    I enjoy knitting while I listen. Science fiction and historical fiction are my favorite genre'. Also like some horror, especially vampires.

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    "Downright Creepy"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    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.


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    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-16-12
    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-16-12
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    "I'm torn on this one..."

    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.

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    suzanne Milwaukee, WI, United States 02-13-12
    suzanne Milwaukee, WI, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "makes one think"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1984 to be better than the print version?

    I like the verbal version. Have read the book several times but this was fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the primary charater is always my favorite.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He gave a stable and unintersive reading.


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