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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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    Colorstupid 06-02-15
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    "Great narration, slow story"

    The story was very slow moving, I was disappointed with the ending of the the book as well.

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    Iván Uruguay 06-01-15
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    I absolutely loved this book and the whisper sync it's awesome.

    I cannot describe how wonderful the story is. So powerful so real in many ways. This is a must read/listen for every person living a social life, a mind-blowing, mind-opening story of civilisations. is everything as real and true as you think it is?

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    Omar C. 05-27-15
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    "very good book"

    this book was very interesting and in some cases can be applied to our "freedom" today.

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    r.nelson 05-23-15
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    One of my all time favorite books I can not recommend it enough. A must read.

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    Jacob Reynolds 05-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very glad I re-read this ... Last time in High school"

    Reader does s great job. I also listened to his "Great Expectations." He does it very well. I can imagine myself in the room. The story is legendary for obvious reasons which continue to be pertinent today.

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    Max Manalapan, NJ, United States 05-21-15
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    "A "Must Read", with excellent narration."

    I've seen this title in the best 100 books ever written list, and now I understand why. This by any measure is NOT a light book, but one that'll make you think for quite some time after you're done with it.
    Narration is excellent. Made me forget where I was, more then once.
    Overall, if you haven't read it yet, I'd consider it a "Must Read".

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    Docolli 05-14-15
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    "My new favorite book"

    I was told Orwell was issuing a warning in this book. Sadly, It was actually the richest and insightful satire I've ever read.

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    Bryan 05-08-15
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    "A great exposure to Orwellian literature."

    As my first experience with audio books, this has me as a return customer.
    The tales of Winston was brought to life as it was narrated by Simon Prebble, an outstanding reader. The subtlety of how the phrases and even significant words were carefully enunciated according to the mood and emotions of the story made this a truly enjoyable listening experience.
    The story itself is great, and being one of the great work it is needless for me to provide a summary. It does offer insights onto what George Orwell felt about the meddling and changes of his time.

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    Richard 05-07-15
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    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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    "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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