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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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    Kevin Belleville, IL, United States 07-10-11
    Kevin Belleville, IL, United States 07-10-11
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    "Scary!!!!!!!!"

    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.

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    greg SCHILLER PARK, ILLINOIS, United States 04-30-11
    greg SCHILLER PARK, ILLINOIS, United States 04-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "could it really happen one day ??"

    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 !!

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    Selem riyadh, Saudi Arabia 01-20-11
    Selem riyadh, Saudi Arabia 01-20-11
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    "An eerily fantastic listen"

    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.

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    Sandra Edgwwood, NM, United States 12-14-10
    Sandra Edgwwood, NM, United States 12-14-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it"

    I have not read this book since high school. This book makes me think about what is going on now.

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    Scott martinsburg, WV, USA 01-10-09
    Scott martinsburg, WV, USA 01-10-09
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    "1984"

    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

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    R. Palmer SLC, UT USA 12-18-08
    R. Palmer SLC, UT USA 12-18-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "really outstanding"

    Kudos on a great job guys! I've recommended this audio book to all my friends. :-)

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    GRuiz FL 04-08-13
    GRuiz FL 04-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Fiction - A vision of the future we live in"
    If you could sum up 1984 in three words, what would they be?

    Enslaved Humanity Fails


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    This book will move anyone who feels oppressed in the current scheme of political agendas, it is chilling how accurately Orwell describes our world.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book for the good of our country; for the good of humanity!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Lancaster Park, Alberta, Canada 10-19-09
    Neil Lancaster Park, Alberta, Canada 10-19-09
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    "fantastic listen"

    very well done great story and high quality download

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN H. RUSSELL III 06-30-09 Member Since 2014
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    "living in time"

    A true Eye Opener.

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    Justin SPANISH FORT, ALABAMA, United States 06-26-13
    Justin SPANISH FORT, ALABAMA, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Timely and Powerful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is so current with what we are dealing with in the USA regarding the Patriot Act and the NSA


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was hopelessly well written


    Any additional comments?

    What a performance for the reader!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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