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 very much enjoyed listening to this telling. This is an important work of 20th century fiction. I chose this recording and found it excellent.
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
Big Brother's Watching!
A little too close to what is going on today in the world.
Yes because you don't have to read the book
He didn't narrate part three
I havent read it yet
Why the hell does it not come with a part three?
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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.
Too hard to listen to in one setting
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 .
The classic! You are painted into a world where nothing is what it seems and thinking can get you killed...or worse yet, reprogrammed.
The narrators pleasing tone made this story enjoyable.
One of the most memorable moments was the sad ending, proving that "they" actually can get into your head.
My favorite character was Julia, she didn't dwell on anything too much, just made her way through it.
Just a deflated ending, as you root for Winston throughout the book hoping that lov will prevail... only to find that it doesn't.
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.
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.
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!!
There are certainly some areas that aroused some strong emotion...on a wide spectrum, but I can not say I was particularly moved.
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.
Incredibly thoughtful and masterfully written
Orwell is kind of his own style.
it actually made me really sad and kind of depressed but in a way that's really important.
amazing book that is important for a lot of reasons.
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