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1984 Audiobook

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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    Richard 05-07-15
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    "Loved it!"

    I found the story thought-provoking and saw it from a new perspective since I first read this in high school.

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    Christopher S. Esget Alexandria, VA USA 04-26-15
    Christopher S. Esget Alexandria, VA USA 04-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "More important than ever"

    Orwell's classic about a government controlling not only actions but thoughts is extremely important in an age where freedom of speech and freedom of religion is being attacked once again. Lovers of freedom will learn much from this book about the aims of totalitarians: control language and rewrite history with the aim not only to police thoughts but to make independent thinking impossible.

    Socialism is evil, and Orwell's masterful demonstration of this truth is more valuable today than when it was first written.

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    Jimmy Lubbock, TX, United States 04-22-15
    Jimmy Lubbock, TX, United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic story read well"

    This book is so well known - and the author is dead - so criticism seems dumb. I do think Orwell was almost prophetical when I see what big government is doing today. The best part, though, is the reader. Simon Prebble is one of the best male readers - and the main reason I wanted to buy this edition of 1984.

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    "Incredible, but I hate this book"

    "A book that one reads again and again" this is definitely not that one to me. Doing so would just depress me. I just cant comprehend how someone can think of such a depressing yet thought provoking idea. I truly hate the ending, yet, I cannot find a fault with it. The whole time I was struggling to control myself from yelling "this is absurd" yet the thought of such existence shudders me.

    The injustice, power and fear brings to bear is incredible. Look at the wealth gap now or the wars that are going on. This may very well be the human nature, but I sincerely hot it is not.

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    "Listen to it"

    The book met my expectations completely. After I'd listened to the end I looked around and thought "How many things there are around that we just don't notice and don't appreciate".
    The narrator is very good, too.

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    Nikita 04-13-15
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    "Great book"

    A perfect example of anti utopian society, a hopeless world. A struggle for truth and its demise. Must reed book.

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    Cody Reynolds 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    If you want something to really make you think, to really look at what's going on around you, this is it.

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    "Excellent performance an excellent story"

    This is my first experience with the book 1984. First of all, I'm very much impressed with the story. Secondly, the reading was done quite well, keeping the story alive at all times. Highly recommended.

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    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 03-11-15
    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 03-11-15 Member Since 2007
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    "All citizens must read this."

    How enlightening. This book helps one understand the current state of the politics. You will see parallels with current events. Unsettling., to say the least.

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    Ethan Dazelle 03-07-15 Member Since 2014

    I love books and love talking about books. Hope my reviews are helpful!

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    "You've heard of the book, but you need to hear it."

    Best performance on audiobook I've yet heard. Grab a glass of victory gin, pull out your 11th edition newspeak dictionary and start enjoying the tale of Big Brother.

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