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)
Yes. I love the narrator's voice and the plot
I'm obsessed with this book. This is the best audio book I have listened to so far.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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