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1984 Audiobook

1984: New Classic Edition

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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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    Betsy Clark Greenville SC 03-26-16
    Betsy Clark Greenville SC 03-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Too many correlations with modern America"

    Constitutional freedom is in huge decline in the U.S. and much already restricted. We continue to elect politicians that hate their oaths to the Constitution in the name of GOD. We must not let 1984 happen.

    This is an intensely important book.

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    "This version won't play."

    After getting error messages twice that I needed to complete the download, I deleted the book and started over, Waited almost 30 minutes for it to download and it still wouldn't play. With about six years of history with Audible, I've never had this problem before. My advice if you want to listen to this book, buy a different version!

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    Ryan Baldwin 03-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Uncomfortable because it might be happening"

    I've alwas heard about this book, but never took the time to read it. I'm very glad i finally listened to it because it offers a glmpse of how the world may become.

    It's definately worth a listen!

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    Todd Hodges 03-21-16
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    "The ham-fisted morality play we deserve"

    Thoughtful, powerful, and brilliantly modern. Prescient, and a hard lesson to learn. It is like medicine we cannot take but it is what we need.

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    Merlin Valdez BRONX, NY, US 03-20-16
    Merlin Valdez BRONX, NY, US 03-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A book everyone should read"

    Mind control and domination at its best, this book makes you question society. Must Read!

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    Adam 03-19-16
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    "Right, left must read"

    This is one of the most Apropos books of our generation recommend to all. Unfortunately for the reason that this has become less science-fiction and more reality.

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    Jonette 03-12-16
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    "An amazing philosophical horror book"
    Where does 1984 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an amazing book, I felt like I was experiencing everything that the main character was experiencing. I "read" this book through Audible and the narration was terrific and I found myself cringing and shocked with each new word. This book was frightening because the type of world that the author created is plausible, the lack of independent thought, fear-based mass hysteria, and complete compliance to government are a slippery slope that our society could easily follow. 1984 not only had a wonderful story line, and character development, the philosophical ideas and plots were intriguing. I would highly recommend this book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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    Sam C. 03-10-16
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    "Very relevant politically and socially"

    An effective parable about the slippery slopes of mass surveillance, censorship, and militarization. Not the most engaging writing, but still conveys some very interesting and relevant concepts.

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    jack earls 03-10-16
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    "A true prophecy"

    Written in1947 WOW? This is our society today and it was so accurate in what we have become.

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    Nick H. 03-09-16
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    "Dark Dystopia"

    Glad I finally got this one under the belt as I spent years wondering what all the fuss was about. It's incredible to think that someone in 1949 could envision a future so dark and dystopian but ultimately do so with surprisingly accurate fore thought. once someone reads this you will see that yes it is a much darker and deprived than what today actually turned out to be but he nails so many other things on the head that it's frightening. incredible read, worth every penny of my $9.50.

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