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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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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 09-24-12
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well done reading of this classic story."

    I very much enjoyed listening to this telling. This is an important work of 20th century fiction. I chose this recording and found it excellent.

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    Peter Guelph, Ontario, Canada 09-17-12
    Peter Guelph, Ontario, Canada 09-17-12 Listener Since 2003
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    "Great narration!"
    What did you like best about 1984? What did you like least?

    The first half of the book was so exciting - great plot, evocative description, fascinating characters. The second half of the book (spoiler alert!) left me cold with its seemingness endless scenes of torture. We get it already, George! Beautifully read by Simon Prebble


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick SANDSTON, VA, United States 09-13-12
    Patrick SANDSTON, VA, United States 09-13-12
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    "One of the best books I have listened to thus far."
    If you could sum up 1984 in three words, what would they be?

    Big Brother's Watching!


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A little too close to what is going on today in the world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jared Albuquerque, NM, United States 09-09-12
    jared Albuquerque, NM, United States 09-09-12
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    "It does not come with part three"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because you don't have to read the book


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    idk


    What didn’t you like about Simon Prebble’s performance?

    He didn't narrate part three


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I havent read it yet


    Any additional comments?

    Why the hell does it not come with a part three?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sophia United States 09-01-12
    Sophia United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Senior User Experience Designer for CNN Digital, Health Nut, Moonlight Product Designer and UX Consultant. Trying to live each day better than the las

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    "Got this because it is a classic...torturous."

    Ugghhhhhh...sooooo long and DEPRESSING. Nothing really happens in this book. The plot drags and drags and at ever turn the main character is just getting crapped on and crapped on again.

    I was so relieved to finish it. I listened to the whole thing in hopes of a happy ending. Not going to be a spoiler - but I will say that to me, the conclusion was not worth the wait.

    If you are looking for some classic sci-fi, I would recommend Stranger in a Strange Land.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Majd VANCOUVER, WA, United States 08-29-12
    Majd VANCOUVER, WA, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing performance and must-read classic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1984 to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    O'Brien


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

    Too hard to listen to in one setting


    Any additional comments?

    This novel is highly intellectual but is cetainly amazing. I didn't like that there were too many introductory chapters before the plot started. This is my first Sci-Fi read/listen and the prolong introduction is probably necessary to explain the imaginary world of 1984 .

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    Judy 08-17-12
    Judy 08-17-12
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    "Excellent...Once Again!"
    What did you love best about 1984?

    The classic! You are painted into a world where nothing is what it seems and thinking can get you killed...or worse yet, reprogrammed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gs sterling heights, mi 08-13-12
    gs sterling heights, mi 08-13-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Classic!"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    The narrators pleasing tone made this story enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

    One of the most memorable moments was the sad ending, proving that "they" actually can get into your head.


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

    My favorite character was Julia, she didn't dwell on anything too much, just made her way through it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just a deflated ending, as you root for Winston throughout the book hoping that lov will prevail... only to find that it doesn't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elijah DEFIANCE, OH, United States 08-06-12
    Elijah DEFIANCE, OH, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing Narration by Simon Prebble"
    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    Yes. This is a monumental work in the literary field, not to mention economics, government, politics...
    Anyone selecting this work probably already knows the premise, but the foresight and insight are amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How many aspects of daily life he foresaw to be impacted...personally and globally. Also I liked his insights on war, and the impact socio-economically.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Simon Prebble was absolutely amazing. I have already told a number of people about his magnificent narration abilities. He changes his voice, intonation and accent depending on the character. I especially appreciate his handling of the British accent and even the way he read the slang. Mind-blowing!!


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

    There are certainly some areas that aroused some strong emotion...on a wide spectrum, but I can not say I was particularly moved.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, for anyone in the world of linguistics, government, sociology, politics, or economics, this is a good read. If one is interested in more than one of the above, it is a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Andert St. Louis, MO United States 07-21-12
    Amanda Andert St. Louis, MO United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredibly Scary"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    Incredibly thoughtful and masterfully written


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    Orwell is kind of his own style.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it actually made me really sad and kind of depressed but in a way that's really important.


    Any additional comments?

    amazing book that is important for a lot of reasons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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