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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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    Michael 05-06-16
    Michael 05-06-16 Member Since 2015

    没有时间读书,所以我听着。

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    "Totalitarian fun"

    If you enjoy watching a government slowly destroy humanity and crush the human spirit, this book is for you.
    In all seriousness, this is an incredible book, George Orwell is a literary master. Just don't expect a happy ending.

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    Sara Weizman 05-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "All should read and listen!"

    This book changed my way of thinking. Of how I listen to, question, and accept information. It has changed me. But this book needs no more praise. It is a classic. The narrator was perfect in every sense of the word. I wouldn't not have another one. Fantastic. I love this book.

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    Antonio 05-01-16
    Antonio 05-01-16
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    "Very foreboding"

    The way the book gives you hope of a uprising soon to come and how Winston feels like the hero to lead the charge then falls away to a more life like version of events from the capture, torture and soul programming which what happens. Very eye opening in what people will do to stay in power. 5/5

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    Bradley Cook Denver, Co 04-29-16
    Bradley Cook Denver, Co 04-29-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Not only is this book bad it's impressively bad."

    All these years I've heard people talk about what a great story 1984 is and I have to say I am beyond disappointed. The writing is only mediocre and the scenes are far from interesting. They lack most of the components that make for an engaging story. The worst part about this book for me was that it had so much potential and nothing interesting was done with it. As an English literature teacher and someone who's read thousands of books this is probably the worst book I've read in 5 years.

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    Mariann Cadmus Harrisburg, NC United States 04-29-16
    Mariann Cadmus Harrisburg, NC United States 04-29-16 Member Since 2007
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    "you know....it's a classic."

    There's nothing to be said. It's a classic and you know it Awesome . You were told to read this year's ago. Read it.

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    Rango67 04-28-16
    Rango67 04-28-16

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    "A Perfect Read For The Times"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Big Brother is watching. Orwell may have gotten the date wrong but his vision of the future is poignant and so precise it is downright eerie.


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    Christopher Chaidez 04-24-16
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    "Awesome"
    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    I would just like to say it was wonderful to experience this book again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the main character.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Simon Prebble.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I made me think about the government .


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Mark 04-23-16
    Mark 04-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Even more amazing in audio format"

    The book is a classic that should be read by everyone in my opinion just so they can read the warnings. I have read the book at least 15 times and after listening to the audio book the performance of the narrator and some of nuances are really brought to the surface. The box of rats, always chilling, came to life while listening to this. If there is any one book at read, this should be it!

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    Jon 04-23-16
    Jon 04-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I am obviously in the minority with this book. Very overrated in my opinion."

    In my opinion this book is very overrated. Very slow, sometimes boring, in many parts and not nearly as interesting a read as I was expecting it to be.

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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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