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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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    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.

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    caroline60 Minnesota, USA 07-09-12
    caroline60 Minnesota, USA 07-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An unexpectedly timely, resonant 20th c. classic"
    If you could sum up 1984 in three words, what would they be?

    Prophetic, gripping, instructive


    What did you like best about this story?

    Orwell's understanding of what ir means to be an individual in modern life.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He is a master of multiple voices. ---A powerful range.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What does it mean to be human?


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    Charles Cyr Underhill, VT, United States 06-21-12
    Charles Cyr Underhill, VT, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "28 years later....."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I finally got to listen to one of the classics I'd always wanted to read. It was time well spent.
    It certainly makes one wonder about the motivations and methods of those in power, in any society. I'll take democracy over totalitarianism any day.


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

    Can't change a classic.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was appropriate. British accent makes it euphonious.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. Too dated...


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    Alan 06-01-12
    Alan 06-01-12

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "interesting but not an easy read"

    This book was alright had a hard time staying with it, but for some it would be a good read.

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    Bill Manassas, VA, United States 05-10-12
    Bill Manassas, VA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A classic book well read"

    1984 is a classic book that should be read by everyone. Orwell was a wonderful writer and creates a consistent, frightening world. We see many of his ideas in play in our current culture and an understanding of this work helps to see what is going on around us.

    All that aside, this is a very good story, well written with strong characters. I have read this story several times and have always enjoyed it. The performance by Simon Prebble is top notch and only adds to the enjoyment of the work.

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    Seeker77 Dunkirk, MD United States 05-08-12
    Seeker77 Dunkirk, MD United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I guess it's a classic if you say so."
    Any additional comments?

    I understand why 1984 matters. If we allow ourselves to be controlled blindly by a system of authority and cease to think for ourselves, we lose our sense of self and lose our free will. I get it but, honestly, I just don't like such sad stories unless they have a few "grave diggers" in them and this one sure doesn't. Listen anyway because it's a classic.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 04-26-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Manual for today's world"

    This book was written in 1949 and George Orwell saw what is happening today. Today the government has the ability and 'claimed' right to turn on your webcam and watch you under the guise of 'anti-terrorism'. When you read this book and you think about what is happening to our rights you will see that this warning is still needed. If you disagree then read the Supreme Court ruling on strip searches. The changing of 'arrest; to 'detainment' to keep people locked up longer without giving them access to courts or lawyers. The Defense Authorization Act (which now applies to you) is the best example along with the Patriot Act. Read this and then read Animal farm and understand what is really happening.

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    suzanne Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-22-12
    suzanne Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I wish I had read this sooner!"
    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Prebble's narration is simply the best.


    Any additional comments?

    1984 is at times sad, touching, nauseating, heart-wrenching, terrifying and always brilliant. I regret not reading/listening sooner!

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    Julia 04-18-12
    Julia 04-18-12
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    "A great adaptation of a classic"

    I still cannot believe that I had never read this book until now. It is such a classic that there really isn't anything I could add to how great it is.
    All I can say is that I'm glad I chose to go with the audio book. This is one of the best narrators I've come across, and I really hope I'll get a chance to listen to him again.

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    Natalie Anderson, MO, United States 03-22-12
    Natalie Anderson, MO, United States 03-22-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 1984 to be better than the print version?

    Yes. It gives personality to the characters. Plus it means that I don't get a reprieve from the absolute horror.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was DISGUSTING. But as it's supposed to be a revolting dystopia it's doing a good job. I found it hard to get through because I felt the horror of the absolute state. Did I enjoy it? I don't know. I enjoyed it in the way I enjoyed Watchmen. I did not enjoy it in the same way I enjoy a comedy or an ice cream cone.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He brought the story to life. I felt the starkness of the world, the omnipresence of the suffering. He was so expressive in his performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We are watching you.


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