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)
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.
Great book and the reader was fantastic! Loved it! I listen to quite a few books and this one stood out. Very thought provoking and a must-read in today's political climate.
I read this book about 15 years ago in high school, and did not enjoy it. I thought I'd give it another try now, to see if I'd view it in a different and wiser perspective. Given the rapidly expanding government of today along with the weak economic situation, I thought I would be able to draw some parallels from this book in relation to the modern world.
Having finished it, I feel thoroughly disappointed. While I grasp the ideas the author attempts to convey to the reader, I feel it is done in the poorest context ever. The story is so utterly mundane and boring that I found my mind drifting from the story to more interesting things - like my fingernails and shoe laces. The characters are so disconnected and the relationship between them and the reader so weak, that even at the end of the book I could not get myself to care about Winston (main character) enough to give a crap about whether he lived or died. The ideas and their implications in the book are deep but are presented so poorly that I would compare it to the reading of a dictionary, or a ceiling fan warranty manual, only less interesting. It did not take long for me to remember why I hated reading this in school.
For the life of me I cannot understand why this book is so highly regarded in the world of literature. Yes, it has ideas that could cause one to have complex thoughts on many levels, but I found that the actual reading of this book was so awfully boring that it totally negated anything positive that could be derived from this novel. The main character is subjected to a great deal of torture at the end of the book... and so is the reader - as I found that the only thing more painful than the torture was reading about it. George Orwell is no wordsmith and his style of writing stinks and flows like verbal diarrhea. It even leaves a bad aftertaste, as diarrhea should, preventing one from revisiting the ideas in the book due to the runny, turd-like substance that Orwell considers to be the storyline
Never have I heard such a rambling disjointed book. It was full Orwells ranting, and attempt at being intellectual. Your better off watching TV, or drinking yourself into a blackout then spending the time required to listen to this book.
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