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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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    Lukas Hernandez 05-29-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Simply perfect"

    Without a doubt, this audio book is better that good, it's DOUBLE PLUS GOOD.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Victor Westlake, OH, United States 04-09-13
    Victor Westlake, OH, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great performance, chilling story"
    What made the experience of listening to 1984 the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

    The methodical and total breaking of Winston Smith.


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

    All of the were performed flawlessly.


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

    Clearly it would have to be, "Big Brother is Watching."


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    john Carmichael, CA, United States 08-28-12
    john Carmichael, CA, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "1984 is now"
    Where does 1984 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About one of the best ive listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how the story, although about a future time, applies to today.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance was great. Even taking on female personal with professional ability.


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

    1984 is Now.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. M. Santo APO, AE, United States 02-26-13
    J. M. Santo APO, AE, United States 02-26-13

    Watergate Burglar

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    "A Classic"

    A great story and a must read (or listen). A true classic. Simon Prebble once again delivers a knockout performance!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mickey Burns West Jordan, Utah USA 08-14-12
    Mickey Burns West Jordan, Utah USA 08-14-12

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    "Believe the hype"
    If you could sum up 1984 in three words, what would they be?

    Dark unforgettable classic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The futuristic story, spooky plot and overall depth of the story.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Good change in tone for various characters


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

    Yes - after it really got rolling.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick COLLEYVILLE, TX, United States 03-28-12
    Frederick COLLEYVILLE, TX, United States 03-28-12
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    "5's all the way...."
    If you could sum up 1984 in three words, what would they be?

    You are watched!


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    No comparison depth of story is unique.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, reading was outstanding.


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

    Big brother is watching!


    Any additional comments?

    The book is moving especially when you compare the theme of controlling thought through manipulation of the English language to political correctness

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila New Haven, CT, United States 12-03-10
    Sheila New Haven, CT, United States 12-03-10
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    "glad I listened"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Craig A. Godeke Montreal, QC Canada 05-02-10
    Craig A. Godeke Montreal, QC Canada 05-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Deserves its classic status"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Lafayette, IN, United States 12-04-09
    James Lafayette, IN, United States 12-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "This was a fantastic book"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Moorhead, MN, USA 10-18-09
    Corey Moorhead, MN, USA 10-18-09
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    "Read..... if you dare!"

    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!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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