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)
Too hard to listen to in one setting
This novel is highly intellectual but is cetainly amazing. I didn't like that there were too many introductory chapters before the plot started. This is my first Sci-Fi read/listen and the prolong introduction is probably necessary to explain the imaginary world of 1984 .
The classic! You are painted into a world where nothing is what it seems and thinking can get you killed...or worse yet, reprogrammed.
The narrators pleasing tone made this story enjoyable.
One of the most memorable moments was the sad ending, proving that "they" actually can get into your head.
My favorite character was Julia, she didn't dwell on anything too much, just made her way through it.
Just a deflated ending, as you root for Winston throughout the book hoping that lov will prevail... only to find that it doesn't.
Yes. This is a monumental work in the literary field, not to mention economics, government, politics...
Anyone selecting this work probably already knows the premise, but the foresight and insight are amazing.
How many aspects of daily life he foresaw to be impacted...personally and globally. Also I liked his insights on war, and the impact socio-economically.
Simon Prebble was absolutely amazing. I have already told a number of people about his magnificent narration abilities. He changes his voice, intonation and accent depending on the character. I especially appreciate his handling of the British accent and even the way he read the slang. Mind-blowing!!
There are certainly some areas that aroused some strong emotion...on a wide spectrum, but I can not say I was particularly moved.
Overall, for anyone in the world of linguistics, government, sociology, politics, or economics, this is a good read. If one is interested in more than one of the above, it is a must read.
Incredibly thoughtful and masterfully written
Orwell is kind of his own style.
it actually made me really sad and kind of depressed but in a way that's really important.
amazing book that is important for a lot of reasons.
Prophetic, gripping, instructive
Orwell's understanding of what ir means to be an individual in modern life.
He is a master of multiple voices. ---A powerful range.
What does it mean to be human?
I finally got to listen to one of the classics I'd always wanted to read. It was time well spent.
It certainly makes one wonder about the motivations and methods of those in power, in any society. I'll take democracy over totalitarianism any day.
Can't change a classic.
Narration was appropriate. British accent makes it euphonious.
Probably not. Too dated...
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
This book was alright had a hard time staying with it, but for some it would be a good read.
1984 is a classic book that should be read by everyone. Orwell was a wonderful writer and creates a consistent, frightening world. We see many of his ideas in play in our current culture and an understanding of this work helps to see what is going on around us.
All that aside, this is a very good story, well written with strong characters. I have read this story several times and have always enjoyed it. The performance by Simon Prebble is top notch and only adds to the enjoyment of the work.
I understand why 1984 matters. If we allow ourselves to be controlled blindly by a system of authority and cease to think for ourselves, we lose our sense of self and lose our free will. I get it but, honestly, I just don't like such sad stories unless they have a few "grave diggers" in them and this one sure doesn't. Listen anyway because it's a classic.
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