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)
This is a pretty scary book about the "big brother" and his attempts controlling people by controlling their thoughts, feeling and even language. It is a sad reminder to dark regimes that still hold power in some counties
I also listened to "the picture of Dorian Gray" another great classic
This book will make feel what psychological torture is about!
Absolutely. 1984 is a classic and the narration was excellent. If you've read the book, you''ve got to listen to this.
I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read the book, or who haven't read it in a long time because my favorite moments were all true surprises for me.
Probably Winston, but they were all good.
Not really, I like to stretch audiobooks out - like a mini-series
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Truth and Love should always be found together and when I read I look for that.
It took you into the mind of someone living within a communist regime.
It was truthful and caused you to consider life without freedom, even freedom of thought was challenged and even the desire of it was purged out. Exposing a feeling of helplessness and apathy that rocks you to the core.
Dark, Mysterious, Deceitful
No, It was hard to read straight through because it was so intense. You are forced to think through the experiences you are having as you listen, you want to take time to absorb as much as you can.
Truly an eye opener and a heart breaker.
What a vision! If you haven't read it, its time! Funny, disturbing, scary & possible. From 1949 ... or 1984 ... or 2013? Spot on Narration by Simon Prebble. Don't let this classic pass you by.
Actually, when I was in High School, 1984 was a required read. That was the first and only time I read 1984, but it left a profound impression. Fast forward to present, and I decided to revisit this classic.
I was not disappointed, and Simon Prebble does an exemplary job of storytelling. 1984 sucks you into it's world from the very first line of the first page. In your mind it paints a grim, gray world of black and white. No future, no past, and no thinking allowed.....least the Thought Police find out.
I highly recommend this Audible classic.....you won't be disappointed.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.
Joe Rogan sent me here
It's definitely up there.
Being able to tie the events of the story to North American governments and society. I am blown away by the prophetic genius of Orwell's writing.
For sure, if that was at alI feasible... I did it in three sessions I believe.
This was a classic that I, like so many people ( I suspect) was familiar with but had never actually read. We all hear the term "Orwellian" used to describe government or future or foreign societies. I am willing to admit that, while I understood the meaning, I did not really understand, as I hadn't read 1984. This should be mandatory reading in high schools. Now, on to Animal Farm.
This is what is going on now
Animal Farm-obviously written by the same author he speak to the evil of power
read the newspaper see the film
Awesome read. Very relevant in todays world and hard to believe this was from a man in the 1940's. Now I want to read Animal Farm, Orwell's next book. Reading this, I felt a sense of paranoia, but laughing it off I realize this book brings you the emotion. Three weeks after reading this, it's still in my mind. Easy to follow even if you have constant interruptions. See for yourselves, this read won't disappoint you.
the performance is awesome. The story is sad but it grabs you right away and really doesn't let go.
There's always time for reading
I bought this book on sale. While I'm glad I read it, it felt very dated. While the story seems relevant given today's news of cyber-spying, I don't think this book really helped shed much light on news of today. I think it does a much better job of shedding light on pre-WWII Germany/rise of Hitler/Russia communism-era. I think Orwell is a fabulous writer, but I'd take Animal Farm and Burmese Days over this hands down.
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