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)
I read this book a long, long time ago, but couldn't remember it at all so I decided to reread it. I am sure my life experiences and the perspective that comes with time have turned it into a much better book than I remembered it being. I found myself rooting for Winston, praying that he would have the strength of character to stand up and be the catalyst for change in this futuristic society, but he was so trapped on every side that he seemed to have no choice but to capitulate. The scary thing to me is that I get it. I understand it. Is our society headed in such a direction? It is my opinion that we will never go that far, but it is perplexing to me how many people are willing to give up their free agency little by little, of their own free will and choice. I don't want anyone else making my decisions, thank you. Yes I will make mistakes, sometimes bad ones, but this is my life to live the way I see fit, not anyone else's, least of all some nameless guy known only as "Big Brother." There is so much in this book for all of us to learn. Right now the biggest thing I am taking away from this book is gratitude for the freedoms I have left in this country, and for my own free will. It is and should be my most highly prized possession. I'm thinking that preserving our free agency is an underlying reason why God sent his Son to die for us. It's that important.
As always, Simon Prebble is an outstanding narrator. I love listening to him.
Great performance by narrator, Simon Prebble. In this alarming tale of absolute power corrupting absolutely, we can clearly see how aspects of Orwell's imagined dystopia in our own modern world.
The methodical and total breaking of Winston Smith.
All of the were performed flawlessly.
Clearly it would have to be, "Big Brother is Watching."
This book acts a great reminder that man has no single dark side, but many. While this book is fiction, it's a must read for everybody who fears that freedom is an easy thing to lose when you're either not vigilant or you allow yourself to be distracted or fooled.
George Orwell wrote this novel only a few years after fascists tried to control all of Europe and Asia and reminds us that those fascists were only powerful because, before they won battles by force, they won hearts and minds by propaganda and manipulation.
Tell us about yourself! I am a high school graduate with some college. I am 56 and have been a construction worker my whole life.
About one of the best ive listen to.
I like how the story, although about a future time, applies to today.
The performance was great. Even taking on female personal with professional ability.
1984 is Now.
Of course you have heard of this book, or read it. Read it now (or listen) Now you are older and it will make more sense. I listened twice to make sure i got it all. There is much there.
A great story and a must read (or listen). A true classic. Simon Prebble once again delivers a knockout performance!
Dark unforgettable classic
The futuristic story, spooky plot and overall depth of the story.
Good change in tone for various characters
Yes - after it really got rolling.
The review said this book was like a Stephen King novel and it was right! Hard to believe this book is 60+ years old, but easy to understand why it is on every classic book list. This is the kind of book that you keep thinking about long after you have read it and raises the bar on the types of book you will want to read.
You are watched!
No comparison depth of story is unique.
No, reading was outstanding.
Big brother is watching!
The book is moving especially when you compare the theme of controlling thought through manipulation of the English language to political correctness
DO NOT remember the story from high school, thought I know I read it. It was more than captivating. A scary model of the human mind, society and relationships. Worth the time.
The novel is brilliant and still relevant, 60 years after it was published and 25 years after the date of its title.
The narration is excellent and helped make me a convert to audio books.
The narration by Simon Prebble took an awesome story and made it fantastic! This is well worth a credit. I was totally engrossed and couldn't wait for my train journey to continue listening everyday.
First. This audio book was very well done. The voice actor was one of the best I've listened to among the many novels I've bought form audible.
Almost too good. The story is brought to life almost painfully at times. You WILL enter the world of 1984. At the end you will, as I did, spend time thinking about similarities between the world of 1984 and today. Good luck to us all!
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