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)
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One of my summer reading projects was to re-read--after many years--Animal Farm and 1984. Both were well worth my time, although Animal Farm was probably worth more.
What makes 1984 so compelling is its relevance to today. The telescreen exists, except that we carry them around in our pockets. The government control over our lives and the loss of privacy in 1984 unfortunately reflects what much of modern life has become. It seems that no activity is beyond the reach of the federal government.
Another disturbing aspect of 1984 becoming reality is the growing tendency to try to re-write history to suit certain political ends. As Orwell wrote, and as certain factions seem to agree, those who control the past control the future. Forget reality, forget context, and forget the ability of the human condition to improve: If the past is recast and then re-imagined, all kinds of indignities--even atrocities in some instances--can be justified in the present.
Although the book remains incredibly relevant, the story itself was less compelling than I had remembered. The book is long and meanders. The plot is uneven. Winston and Julia seem to have found some measure of solace and then, boom, they are turned in by the least likely person. Maybe that is the message, but it is a bit disjointed.
Even then, you expect there to be a climax, and some finality. But there is none, just capitulation to the system and more drab meaningless days. Maybe that is also the message, but if the book was meant to be a warning, one wishes it would come with at least a modicum of hope. Orwell offers none.
Yes, It is an excellent story and very interesting. I Love these types of books.
When he discovers his individuality and embraces his feeling of "freedom" with Julia. It made me think of how I take my Love for my wife and my freedom for granted.
I Love his way of telling the story. It''s and excellent story if told right.
You will not regret getting this book. It is an amazing story that will lead you to many other great titles like "Brave new World" and "Fahrenheit 451". similar types of books, all very very good.
This is a classic story that is brilliantly written. The audio version takes this classic to a new level. Simon Prebble gives an amazing performance that pulls you into the story.
A classic novel performed perfectly.
I loved when Smith was being held in the waiting cell. Orwell really nailed every emotion and physical issues a person may be experiencing while in a situation like that>
Don't read this review before reading the book.
I liked most of the book. I would have given it five stars, except once he got captured, it stagnated and failed to go anywhere.
I'm an avid audiobook listener, I'm lucky enough to have a job which allows me to pop headphones on and listen to whatever I choose throughout the day and for the past eight years it's been nothing but books. Generally speaking I'd stick to books narrated by its author wherever possible and it's taken me far too long to stumble upon Mr Prebble. This was my first title narrated him and what a delight it was. I now seek out other books he's worked his magic on and cannot recommend enough any title graced with his name. A true master of his craft able to stir up such emotion. Thank you Mr Prebble.
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