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)
An amazing book, both in story and delivery. Both the story and writing style are still current even though more than 60 years have passed. This is a must read.
I listened to 1984, Farenheit 451, and Brave New World back to back. All three classics are- of course- excellent, and there is no shortage of essays and reviews that compare/contrast the three. Personally, I find the "What is reality?" aspects of the story to be very comparable to the movie "The Matrix," and think that any younger readers who were fascinated by that recent movie should read this book.
Of the three dystopian classics, THIS is the one of the three Audiobooks that stood out for me. If you read this many years ago- perhaps in High School- the quality of this production will make it worth a fresh listen. If you've never read the story before, STOP reading all reviews (many contain Plot Spoilers), and buy this book now. Be prepared for "extra 5 minutes sitting in the driveway" moments where you listen in awe to a story taking place in a horrific world that is not only possible but- in some ways- may already be here.
Great book and the reader was fantastic! Loved it! I listen to quite a few books and this one stood out. Very thought provoking and a must-read in today's political climate.
Never have I heard such a rambling disjointed book. It was full Orwells ranting, and attempt at being intellectual. Your better off watching TV, or drinking yourself into a blackout then spending the time required to listen to this book.
I read this book about 15 years ago in high school, and did not enjoy it. I thought I'd give it another try now, to see if I'd view it in a different and wiser perspective. Given the rapidly expanding government of today along with the weak economic situation, I thought I would be able to draw some parallels from this book in relation to the modern world.
Having finished it, I feel thoroughly disappointed. While I grasp the ideas the author attempts to convey to the reader, I feel it is done in the poorest context ever. The story is so utterly mundane and boring that I found my mind drifting from the story to more interesting things - like my fingernails and shoe laces. The characters are so disconnected and the relationship between them and the reader so weak, that even at the end of the book I could not get myself to care about Winston (main character) enough to give a crap about whether he lived or died. The ideas and their implications in the book are deep but are presented so poorly that I would compare it to the reading of a dictionary, or a ceiling fan warranty manual, only less interesting. It did not take long for me to remember why I hated reading this in school.
For the life of me I cannot understand why this book is so highly regarded in the world of literature. Yes, it has ideas that could cause one to have complex thoughts on many levels, but I found that the actual reading of this book was so awfully boring that it totally negated anything positive that could be derived from this novel. The main character is subjected to a great deal of torture at the end of the book... and so is the reader - as I found that the only thing more painful than the torture was reading about it. George Orwell is no wordsmith and his style of writing stinks and flows like verbal diarrhea. It even leaves a bad aftertaste, as diarrhea should, preventing one from revisiting the ideas in the book due to the runny, turd-like substance that Orwell considers to be the storyline
A very good listen......one would, or at least could, envison this story taking place in America sometime between 2012 and 2016, after Obama is done with us.
I was really excited to start this one. It's one of those books I knew about but until I read it I didn't know the particulars. Once I got into it, I realized it was nothing more than a paranoid extrapolation of political philosophy. It was slow and dreary at the best of times and infuriating and exasperating at worst. The love scenes were awkward and the character development was almost non-existent. Perhaps that was the point but it makes the book less of a story and more of a political statement. Not an enjoyable listen by any stretch of the imagination.
I genuinely enjoyed the narrator and his ability to bring such life to these rather uninspiring characters, and convey a tension in the most pedestrian of interactions, and that may be enough for you in a book. I, however, did not feel the author was able to bring that level of realism to this story to fully bring me to the point where I could either sympathize with the characters or even root for them. The constant reiteration of Big Brother and its evils began to feel like a crutch as the story progressed, almost used as a substitution for actual events to illustrate this point. The writing style is at once beautiful and tragic in that the unrealized potential of this book is heartbreaking. So close to deserving the label "Classic", and not quite able to attain it. This is only my personal opinion, and there are those who will find this book more than adequate. I am just not one of those people.
no one that I know
no I wouldn't
I have no opinion
This book is empty, gross and boring. My reaction is that I want my money back.
no I have nothing additional to write
I hesitate to presume to critique a classic-nonetheless:
This is not what I remember when I read this as a teenager. I suppose it's because the future the Author predicted is now the past. Many things have not turned out the way he predicted, although the horrors of Marxism/communism that he predicted largely were on target.
The narrator performs well.
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