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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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    PoppaS 11-19-15
    PoppaS 11-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic"

    If you haven't read the book, you must. If you have read the book, read it again.

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    Hai 11-17-15
    Hai 11-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great buy"
    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    Yes. I love the narrator's voice and the plot


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    O'Brien


    Any additional comments?

    I'm obsessed with this book. This is the best audio book I have listened to so far.

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    David 11-14-15
    David 11-14-15
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    "Chilling, enthralling, brilliant"

    A haunting and sinister performance of 1984. I haven't been able to sleep since commencing listening. Doubleplusgood.

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    Lea Herdler 11-12-15
    Lea Herdler 11-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This narrator brings an already phenomenal book to a whole new level!"

    Everything about this book was amazing: disturbing content, clear story line, spot-on imagery... But the narrator truly makes for an unforgettable experience. I highly implore anyone who has difficulty listening to a book unless they love the narrator to seriously consider this one. You won't be disappointed.

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    Eryn Goriup 11-09-15
    Eryn Goriup 11-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great novel for inspiring thought"

    this book really makes a person think. the only negative comment I have is that a few of the voices used were distractingly alarming

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    H. Patel Charlotte, NC United States 11-09-15
    H. Patel Charlotte, NC United States 11-09-15

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    "Not as entertaining as Animal Farm"
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    Story was dry and I didn't find it entertaining. Perhaps this book is better meant for a literature class with deeper analysis rather than for leisure reading. Perhaps I just didn't get the significance of the whole "big brother" thing. I did enjoy reading Orwell's Animal Farm, but 1984 was disappointing and I wouldn't recommend it.

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    daniel weinstein 10-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic for a REASON!"

    This book is indescribable in any short paragraph. It is read amazingly and the story line with have you at the edge of your seat. FINISHED IN 2 days!

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    Collin W. 10-21-15
    Collin W. 10-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful reading of a great book!"

    In this emotional reading of George Orwell's 1984, the listener is cast right into the story. I found a very moving and thought-provoking, easy to follow, and able to draw me in emotionally in a way I had not expected. I was always eager to listen to the next few chapters and it has stayed with me for weeks after finishing it. One of the best books I have ever read/heard.

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    R. G. Pickering Coral Springs, FL USA 10-09-15
    R. G. Pickering Coral Springs, FL USA 10-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Depressing - Will NEVER Happen - hopefully!"

    Speak of depressing! If our world comes to this, it would be unbelievable! I slept through parts of this but did not go back to pick up the missing pieces because of how bad the situation was. But I did keep going. I could clearly feel what the main character was feeling - for the most part. That is likely what makes this such a good book. The description of how "Big Brother" gradually changed the principal's character was extremely well described and innovative. I was totally drained at the conclusion. Somehow, I fell asleep right at the climax! But I couldn't let that go. I rewound it and heard it fully conscious which helped me see the genius of Big Brother

    Unfortunately, I had accidentally sped up the reading, not realizing it was MY fault. So I listened to a reader speaking very quickly! But his voice was clear and his words distinct. I cannot be objective about it, since it was so fast. I've learned now, for the future. I'm sure he was good at the normal rate of speed, but I don't know.

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    Kristi L. Tripp Lakeport, CA United States 10-07-15
    Kristi L. Tripp Lakeport, CA United States 10-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Where's the appendix?"
    What did you like best about 1984? What did you like least?

    The problem is not with the narrator, but with the fact that the appendix, which explains Newspeak is not included in the narration. The other problem I had was with Audible. Audible doesn't have a feature for marking where you left off and going back to it. It also doesn't have a feature for fast forwarding that is effective


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