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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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    Katie Savannah, GA, United States 01-06-13
    Katie Savannah, GA, United States 01-06-13
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    "Chilling"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy this audio book, the narrator does a wonderful job.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The what could be, the what is, and the things I never thought of that may happen.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Do you think 1984 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it scary enough.


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    Daleya SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT, United States 12-23-12
    Daleya SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't love it UNTIL the end!"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    It was actually a pretty typical, not very exciting book until it got to about 2/3 of the way through. What happened after that is when it got interesting.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little less of the first half and more of the last half.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved all the scenes towards the end with O'Brien and then the ending in particular. I really enjoy reading endings that end totally different than you expect. The whole time you are listening to this book, you are thinking it's going to have the usual twist that changes everything. But as it closer to the end, you realize it is going to end just as it should....not your typical "Happily-Ever-After" ending. I absolutely LOVED the ending! Perfect.


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

    No, it definitely needs to be broken up into as much as you can deal with at a time. Not a quick listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Once you start this book, you HAVE to finish. You have to push through all the boring, monotonous parts and then it gets exciting and interesting. You have to know how it ends, and for me that was worth listening through the other parts.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susanna Woodland Hills, CA, United States 12-22-12
    Susanna Woodland Hills, CA, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mind Control or Fox News?"

    Perhaps it should have been titled 2084. We're headed that way with such twisted news these days. I truly believe that if the Nazis would have won the war 1984 would have been a reality.

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    Natalie Martinez, CA, United States 12-21-12
    Natalie Martinez, CA, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Dystopian Bedtime Story"
    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    Yes, this is my second time listening. Each time this books seems to become more relevant and mirror the goings on in 2012 rather than 1984. Orwell was a prophet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator does a perfect job with pacing, tone. There is a melancholy resignation about this narrator yet some how soothing.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Winston Smith-


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

    Yes however that would be a tall order only because of the content rather than the quality of the recording.


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    Daryl J McColeman Canada 12-20-12
    Daryl J McColeman Canada 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "How the mind can distort reality."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Seemed a bit repetitive in trying to drive the story's plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How the crowd was able to instantly turn an enemy to an ally and an ally to an enemy.


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    zach Peoria, AZ, United States 04-30-12
    zach Peoria, AZ, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Depressing"

    I bought this one on a whim, since I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about. I understand why people have such a strong reaction to the material, however I prefer more lighthearted fare and was utterly depressed upon finishing this one.

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    Dan United States 01-04-12
    Dan United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not as good as I remember"
    What did you like best about 1984? What did you like least?

    Yes it is a classic... BUT it wasn't as good as I remember from my youth...


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    Leber San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 09-18-11
    Leber San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 09-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Depressing with unrealistic assumtions"
    Would you try another book from George Orwell and/or Simon Prebble?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book was depressing from beginning to end. Also, it had very unrealistic descriptions of slaves, or thralls as they were called, his assumption was that uneducated meant stupid and that they had no means or motivation to improve their situation. The never ending war between 3 countries also seemed ridiculous and unsustainable, because one side will alway gain some sort of technological or tactical edge. I have heard for years that is a was a very good and insightful book. I was disappointed.

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    Don Fresno, CA, United States 07-09-11
    Don Fresno, CA, United States 07-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow!"

    An amazing book, both in story and delivery. Both the story and writing style are still current even though more than 60 years have passed. This is a must read.

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    Matt S. Ohio USA 06-09-11
    Matt S. Ohio USA 06-09-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Dystopian Perfection"

    I listened to 1984, Farenheit 451, and Brave New World back to back. All three classics are- of course- excellent, and there is no shortage of essays and reviews that compare/contrast the three. Personally, I find the "What is reality?" aspects of the story to be very comparable to the movie "The Matrix," and think that any younger readers who were fascinated by that recent movie should read this book.

    Of the three dystopian classics, THIS is the one of the three Audiobooks that stood out for me. If you read this many years ago- perhaps in High School- the quality of this production will make it worth a fresh listen. If you've never read the story before, STOP reading all reviews (many contain Plot Spoilers), and buy this book now. Be prepared for "extra 5 minutes sitting in the driveway" moments where you listen in awe to a story taking place in a horrific world that is not only possible but- in some ways- may already be here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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