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 read this book for the first time about 15 years ago and thought it was amazingly accurate in its predictions. I just got the audiobook and listened to it again in 2011 and am even more impressed at how similar our current political environment is to the one in this story. It almost seems like the elite who run this planet used Orwells book as a reference guide to enslave humanity.
You never know , i know that growing up and living in "eastern block "we wore one step away from this utopia , don't ever let this happen in good U. S. of A . book is a true classic worth to read and must to know !!
I tried reading the novel but I found it too densely packed for my taste…I lost interest very quickly and put it down. I knew this novel was a political/philosophical classic and decided to try the audiobook. It was slow and bleak in the beginning but the more I heard the more engrossed I became and it was soon that I couldn’t stop listening. The novel is a masterpiece and the audio rendition enabled me to appreciate what I know I would have definitely never read again.
WOW. I have to say that I was dissapointed with the ending but what a shocking and captivating story. I am looking forward to Animal Farm by Orwel just to see another version of his twisted mind at work
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Ayn Rand's short book "Anthem" - the stories are quite similar and would prove a nice companion to this book as they divert at key points giving us a complete view we can draw certain interesting conclusions from.
Simon's reading is lovely, I felt like I honestly comprehended and absorbed more of the book by hearing him read it than when I would have read the book. I am by no means a bad reader; however Simon's rythmn, enunciation, and dynamic is much better than my own.
This book will move anyone who feels oppressed in the current scheme of political agendas, it is chilling how accurately Orwell describes our world.
Read this book for the good of our country; for the good of humanity!!
Yes, it is so current with what we are dealing with in the USA regarding the Patriot Act and the NSA
It was hopelessly well written
What a performance for the reader!
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