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1984 Audiobook

1984: New Classic Edition

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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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    Roxanne Renton 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "socalism at it worst"

    I enjoyed the exaggerated narrative of tyrannical socialist government. This book had me listening intently until the very end.

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    Christian Lamont 04-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "the book is a classic. the narrator was great."

    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.

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    funinthesun Atlanta 04-20-16
    funinthesun Atlanta 04-20-16 Member Since 2014

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    👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍 I enjoyed this book and stuff it was very bueno and other things bye!👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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    ArobertsRN 04-17-16
    ArobertsRN 04-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic doesn't always mean great"

    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.

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    Thomas 04-14-16
    Thomas 04-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    A exeptional reading of a timeless classic. This one is a must-listen! Get with it!

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    Jason Severson PORTLAND, OR, US 04-12-16
    Jason Severson PORTLAND, OR, US 04-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "classic!"

    I skipped reading the book in high school, glad I came back to it here.

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    Roland S. 04-08-16
    Roland S. 04-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    well read with Great inflection. Should be required reading in all high schools as it was back when!

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    Josh Turnes 04-06-16
    Josh Turnes 04-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Double-plus goodthink"

    I read this and can easily draw comparisons to today and see this behavior by unwavering followers of any political party. One of my favorite books.

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    Joseph 04-06-16
    Joseph 04-06-16 Member Since 2010
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    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    Yes. I listen again and again. There is so much information to process,


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is not a story to be liked. It seem more like a story that need to be told.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is a wonderful as always.


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

    Cognitive dissidence is no longer an option.


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    Caleb 04-06-16
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    "No. I would not recommend this book to anyone."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It is a torture. I would not like any of my friends to suffer trough this.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s performance?

    Ok.


    Did 1984 inspire you to do anything?

    Value everything I have including DEMOCRACY a little bit more.


    Any additional comments?

    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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