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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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    Lynn 02-22-12
    Lynn 02-22-12

    I enjoy knitting while I listen. Science fiction and historical fiction are my favorite genre'. Also like some horror, especially vampires.

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    I didn't like it but once started I had to finish to see what would happen. This book gave me nightmares! This is truly a horror story. No ghosts or slashers but more terrifying than anything else I've read.


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    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-16-12
    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-16-12
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    I bought this book because it is "a classic" and felt that I should read/listen to it. Having now done so, I'm not quite sure how to feel about it. While listening, I found myself saying "when is this story going to take off? Where is the storyline?". Quite frankly, there were times when I couldn't wait for it to be over. Having said that, since finishing the book, I have found myself thinking about it often and pondering over certain aspects of it. Ultimately, I think I am glad that I have listened to this book and, knowing now what I am getting into, would probably do it again.

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    suzanne Milwaukee, WI, United States 02-13-12
    suzanne Milwaukee, WI, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "makes one think"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1984 to be better than the print version?

    I like the verbal version. Have read the book several times but this was fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the primary charater is always my favorite.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He gave a stable and unintersive reading.


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    Michael Mill Valley, CA, United States 01-21-12
    Michael Mill Valley, CA, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator and novel perfectly narrated"

    I decided to listen to the audiobook version of 1984 because I hadn’t read it in a while. I have never heard a more perfect rendition of a novel... Prebble’s narration is sublime. A powerful performance.

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    Chris 01-20-12
    Chris 01-20-12
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

    Read it in high school because I had to... bought it here because it was on sale and I wanted to


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    Carl Rome, NY, United States 12-05-11
    Carl Rome, NY, United States 12-05-11

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    "Stupendous!"
    If you could sum up 1984 in three words, what would they be?

    Changed for life!


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    I wish I could answer the question


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Winston Smith


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never read (or listened to) an author that is able to write as beautifully as Orwell. The way he writes is simply brilliant. This is my first book by Orwell and by no means my last! I sit here impatiently, greedy for more.

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    Charles Marlton, NJ, United States 10-26-11
    Charles Marlton, NJ, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2013
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    "My Favorite Book"

    Simply put, my favorite book of all time. Orwell's clear portrayal of communism in the 1950's, embellished with amazing details of daily life amidst an overbearing government make for a truly great read. The subtleties are everywhere. From Victory Gin to the Ministry of Truth to Doublethink to the Ingsoc party slogan: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. 1984 is a wonderful and imaginitive story as well as a strong political statement that is still relevant today. The narration is top notch. I give this book a rating of double plus good.

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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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