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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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    Wes Fair Oaks, CA, United States 09-25-13
    Wes Fair Oaks, CA, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "1984 Again and again and again ..."

    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.

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    Darryl 09-10-13
    Darryl 09-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Required Reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.

    ---------1984

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    Curtis Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada 09-05-13
    Curtis Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada 09-05-13 Member Since 2013

    Joe Rogan sent me here

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    "Started this an Orwell's birthday"
    Where does 1984 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely up there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For sure, if that was at alI feasible... I did it in three sessions I believe.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Peter United States 08-18-13
    Peter United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Orwell Could see the future"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    This is what is going on now


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    Animal Farm-obviously written by the same author he speak to the evil of power


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    all


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

    read the newspaper see the film


    Any additional comments?

    a clasic

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    C SAN BERNARDINO, CA, United States 08-01-13
    C SAN BERNARDINO, CA, United States 08-01-13

    lafeevertefolle

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    "Big brother is watching you"

    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.

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    Rebecca Toronto, ON, Canada 07-12-13
    Rebecca Toronto, ON, Canada 07-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    ""Amazing" What a mind."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    the performance is awesome. The story is sad but it grabs you right away and really doesn't let go.


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    P. Bergh NH 07-11-13
    P. Bergh NH 07-11-13 Member Since 2013

    There's always time for reading

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    "Kinda dated, dragged on"

    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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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 07-08-13
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "A Classic"

    I made it to the age of 40 without having been exposed to this work and I had been missing out. It is well written, well performed and, in my opinion, relevant still today.
    It was amazing to me to see how Orwell describes government control in fiction that I could foresee happening right here in the near future.
    A great listen.

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    James 07-05-13
    James 07-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Real Glimpse Into The Future!"

    George Orwell’s, 1984, is commonly referred to as a classic. A time that looked into the future where Big Brother was watching from just about every aspect of society.

    A good read, and I really enjoyed the overall flow of the book in general. I think it’s classic reading, and a nice glimpse into the future that would spark the interest of just about everyone out there.

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    George 06-16-13
    George 06-16-13
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    "Look around: Orwell only missed it by 20 yrs"
    What did you love best about 1984?

    This bit of magnificant story telling has done so much more than withstand the test of time : time has caught up to where George Orwell was, all those years ago.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is nothing like the Orwell's Everyman, Einston Smith, making his way through the society of Oceania.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Winston Smith's encounter with Room 101.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The effectiveness of the Thought Police and Winston's arc.


    Any additional comments?

    We're living in this world. The least that we can do is read the words of a prescient author and try to grasp all of the implications.

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