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)
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.
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.
There is nothing like the Orwell's Everyman, Einston Smith, making his way through the society of Oceania.
Winston Smith's encounter with Room 101.
The effectiveness of the Thought Police and Winston's arc.
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.
No. The audio version is great and Simon Preddle reads this classic perfectly, but I live being able to read the words when it comes to futuristic books. I will call the print version and audio version equals.
I listened to it during the 2012 presidential election and it was interesting to compare the society of 1984 to where our society is and where it may be heading in the future.
He did a great job and made me feel like I was in the same room as he.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
A very well realized future history. A history were the government controls everything and big brother is always looking over your shoulder. A very compeling read. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I don't think i'll want to dip my brains into this dreary reality again. Highly recommended. ONE DOSE ONLY. Why wallow in the muck?
From a psychological point of view, this book is very interesting. The described group dynamics and the behavior patterns deserve a closer analysis. The narrator did an awesome job in bringing this book to life!
The amazing narration puts 1984 at the top of my audio books, right behind the Harry Potter Series!
Definitely Winston because he holds the ability to see the world around him clearly!
The Scene where O'Brien is questioning Winston, it was very compelling and answered so many questions!
The end scene where Winston betrays a special person, but I can't spoil it!
This is truly one of my favorite audio books!
I remember reading this book back when 1984 seemed very far into the future. So, it was a strange experience to listen to this book in 2012. While I remembered the central themes, I was amazed at how much of the story I didn't remember. That said, I found it to be a slow listen for almost three hours before I found myself getting hooked. There are many references to the actual world of the 1940's, as well as George Orwell's fictional history of the world in the 1950s and 1960s. I worry that each new generation of readers will not come to understand the importance of this book because they dismiss it for its historical inaccuracies.
Yes, the warnings of the political evolution of mankind is every bit as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. Examples are all around us. When I hear our president blame everything on his predecessor, the words of Big Brother come to mind... "He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future."
The narrator in this book is awesome.
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