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 did enjoy this audio book, the narrator does a wonderful job.
The what could be, the what is, and the things I never thought of that may happen.
I have not.
No, it scary enough.
It was actually a pretty typical, not very exciting book until it got to about 2/3 of the way through. What happened after that is when it got interesting.
A little less of the first half and more of the last half.
I loved all the scenes towards the end with O'Brien and then the ending in particular. I really enjoy reading endings that end totally different than you expect. The whole time you are listening to this book, you are thinking it's going to have the usual twist that changes everything. But as it closer to the end, you realize it is going to end just as it should....not your typical "Happily-Ever-After" ending. I absolutely LOVED the ending! Perfect.
No, it definitely needs to be broken up into as much as you can deal with at a time. Not a quick listen.
Once you start this book, you HAVE to finish. You have to push through all the boring, monotonous parts and then it gets exciting and interesting. You have to know how it ends, and for me that was worth listening through the other parts.
Perhaps it should have been titled 2084. We're headed that way with such twisted news these days. I truly believe that if the Nazis would have won the war 1984 would have been a reality.
Yes, this is my second time listening. Each time this books seems to become more relevant and mirror the goings on in 2012 rather than 1984. Orwell was a prophet.
The narrator does a perfect job with pacing, tone. There is a melancholy resignation about this narrator yet some how soothing.
Yes however that would be a tall order only because of the content rather than the quality of the recording.
Seemed a bit repetitive in trying to drive the story's plot.
How the crowd was able to instantly turn an enemy to an ally and an ally to an enemy.
I bought this one on a whim, since I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about. I understand why people have such a strong reaction to the material, however I prefer more lighthearted fare and was utterly depressed upon finishing this one.
Yes it is a classic... BUT it wasn't as good as I remember from my youth...
This book was depressing from beginning to end. Also, it had very unrealistic descriptions of slaves, or thralls as they were called, his assumption was that uneducated meant stupid and that they had no means or motivation to improve their situation. The never ending war between 3 countries also seemed ridiculous and unsustainable, because one side will alway gain some sort of technological or tactical edge. I have heard for years that is a was a very good and insightful book. I was disappointed.
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.
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