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)
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
A very well realized future history. A history were the government controls everything and big brother is always looking over your shoulder. A very compeling read. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I don't think i'll want to dip my brains into this dreary reality again. Highly recommended. ONE DOSE ONLY. Why wallow in the muck?
From a psychological point of view, this book is very interesting. The described group dynamics and the behavior patterns deserve a closer analysis. The narrator did an awesome job in bringing this book to life!
The amazing narration puts 1984 at the top of my audio books, right behind the Harry Potter Series!
Definitely Winston because he holds the ability to see the world around him clearly!
The Scene where O'Brien is questioning Winston, it was very compelling and answered so many questions!
The end scene where Winston betrays a special person, but I can't spoil it!
This is truly one of my favorite audio books!
I remember reading this book back when 1984 seemed very far into the future. So, it was a strange experience to listen to this book in 2012. While I remembered the central themes, I was amazed at how much of the story I didn't remember. That said, I found it to be a slow listen for almost three hours before I found myself getting hooked. There are many references to the actual world of the 1940's, as well as George Orwell's fictional history of the world in the 1950s and 1960s. I worry that each new generation of readers will not come to understand the importance of this book because they dismiss it for its historical inaccuracies.
Yes, the warnings of the political evolution of mankind is every bit as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. Examples are all around us. When I hear our president blame everything on his predecessor, the words of Big Brother come to mind... "He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future."
The narrator in this book is awesome.
The concepts of the Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism
The blueprint for world domination
Love kitties, quilting, and cooking
I can't think of anything I would change, but it was a sad story, and it brought me down.
Can't think of anything I would compare it to.
His reading was a bit monotone.
I read 1984 because it is a classic and because I felt I was missing some cultural references by never having read it. It was worth reading for that reason, but the story is very sad and depressing. I read it shortly before the 2012 election and it was eerily reminiscent of the times, especially the rewriting of history. I'm not sorry for having read it, but I don't like stories that don't have a good outcome. I'm reading for entertainment. If I want to be depressed, I'll just watch Congress in action on any day of the year.
George Orwell's classic dystopian world is brought to life in this audio retelling of 1984. This performance requires some patience on the part of the listener as the Story of Winston Smith starts to unfold. The narrator, Simon Prebble gives a very true performance, but the work describes a world that is gray, dingy, depressing, and humorless, so the narration seems dry, dull and boring. But the performance merely reflects the mood of the book, as the nightmare that is Airstrip One in the nation of Oceania unfolds.
The performance really picks up as the characters of Winston, Julia and O'Brien form and come to life. Stick with this one; you will be rewarded in the end. Well, before the end, actually. After sixty-five years, 1984 remains a chilling, frightening portrait of a world that might have been. And could still be.
Big Brother is watching!
If I were given a compelling reason by an opinion I trust, I'd be willing to trudge once more into an Orwell story. Simon Prebble (this audiobook's narrator) did a wonderful job.
Again, only if it were recommended by someone I know.
I did not have a favorite scene outside the fact that there were a handful that I particularly DISliked--so everything else, I suppose.
It was only worth my time in that I can better appreciate social references made to the story.
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I probably would have liked this story more if I cared at all about the main character. Winston has no really great attributes--on the contrary, he was at best a boring, depressing man who then totally lost me when he fantasized about rape and murder. I just did not connect with him at all throughout the narrative.
By the time I had gotten a few chapters in, the only thing keeping me going was the fact that I was already "in for a penny." There are numerous places where the narrative is unnecessarily repetitive, describing and re-describing the way some particular policy functions. To be honest, I zoned out a bit during these parts.
Knowing what I know now, I'd probably just have saved my book credit and settled for a synopsis or--dare I say it--a film adaptation. That's right. I said it.
Not sure. I might say its a more adult version of the hunger game.
Not really sure. The whole book is full of twists and turns
Not a particular scene. The entire book moved me.
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