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 think it's a great book if you are into interesting (unique) plot lines. The narrator is phenomenal. He captures the tone of the book well and has distinguishable voices for each character.
As an English teacher who somehow never read this book, it seemed like an obligation to do so. Part two was the only engaging and enjoyable section that I would consider worth going back to more than once. The first part and third parts took too long, and by the end I was ready for what I (and the main character) knew had been coming since early on in the book.
Simon Prebbel was the redeeming factor that helped me get through this book. Had I read it on paper, I would have given up with the first few chapters, but Prebbel's narration was compelling and engaging. Overall, I respect this book as a look into the darkness that humanity is capable of achieving, and see it for an example of the importance of independent though, but I hope that I never have to teach this book to students. I can find far more compelling texts to get the ideas of utopia and dystopia across.
Yes. I listen again and again. There is so much information to process,
This is not a story to be liked. It seem more like a story that need to be told.
He is a wonderful as always.
Cognitive dissidence is no longer an option.
No. It is a torture. I would not like any of my friends to suffer trough this.
Totally agree with autor decision. He managed to give an ending different to what I was wishing for, however he takes you through this path that you understand the reasons to why that should be the end and you accept it.
Value everything I have including DEMOCRACY a little bit more.
Listening to this book was a unique experience. The feelings of empathy, hate and above all helplessness was like another. Favourite Quote: “No. I believe it. I know that you will fail. There is something in the universe --I don’t know, some spirit, some principle --that you will never overcome.”
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