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1984: New Classic Edition | [George Orwell]

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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    Majd VANCOUVER, WA, United States 08-29-12
    Majd VANCOUVER, WA, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing performance and must-read classic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1984 to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    O'Brien


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

    Too hard to listen to in one setting


    Any additional comments?

    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 .

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    Judy 08-17-12
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    "Excellent...Once Again!"
    What did you love best about 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.


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    gs sterling heights, mi 08-13-12
    gs sterling heights, mi 08-13-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Classic!"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    The narrators pleasing tone made this story enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

    One of the most memorable moments was the sad ending, proving that "they" actually can get into your head.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Julia, she didn't dwell on anything too much, just made her way through it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just a deflated ending, as you root for Winston throughout the book hoping that lov will prevail... only to find that it doesn't.


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    Elijah DEFIANCE, OH, United States 08-06-12
    Elijah DEFIANCE, OH, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing Narration by Simon Prebble"
    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    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!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are certainly some areas that aroused some strong emotion...on a wide spectrum, but I can not say I was particularly moved.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amanda Andert St. Louis, MO United States 07-21-12
    Amanda Andert St. Louis, MO United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredibly Scary"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    Incredibly thoughtful and masterfully written


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    Orwell is kind of his own style.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it actually made me really sad and kind of depressed but in a way that's really important.


    Any additional comments?

    amazing book that is important for a lot of reasons.

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    caroline60 Minnesota, USA 07-09-12
    caroline60 Minnesota, USA 07-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An unexpectedly timely, resonant 20th c. classic"
    If you could sum up 1984 in three words, what would they be?

    Prophetic, gripping, instructive


    What did you like best about this story?

    Orwell's understanding of what ir means to be an individual in modern life.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He is a master of multiple voices. ---A powerful range.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What does it mean to be human?


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    Charles Cyr Underhill, VT, United States 06-21-12
    Charles Cyr Underhill, VT, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "28 years later....."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Can't change a classic.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was appropriate. British accent makes it euphonious.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. Too dated...


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    Alan 06-01-12
    Alan 06-01-12

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "interesting but not an easy read"

    This book was alright had a hard time staying with it, but for some it would be a good read.

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    Bill Manassas, VA, United States 05-10-12
    Bill Manassas, VA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A classic book well 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.

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    Seeker77 Dunkirk, MD United States 05-08-12
    Seeker77 Dunkirk, MD United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I guess it's a classic if you say so."
    Any additional comments?

    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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