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Nineteen Eighty-Four | [George Orwell]

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic dystopian novel by English author George Orwell. Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totalitarian regime. Read by gritty and accomplished actor Philip Glenister from the acclaimed crime series Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.
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Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic dystopian novel by English author George Orwell. Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totalitarian regime. Read by gritty and accomplished actor Philip Glenister from the acclaimed crime series Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. The story follows the life of one seemingly insignificant man, Winston Smith, a civil servant assigned the task of falsifying records and political literature, thus effectively perpetuating propaganda, who grows disillusioned with his meagre existence and so begins an ultimately futile rebellion against the system.

The novel has become famous for its portrayal of surveillance and society's increasing encroachment on the rights of the individual. Since its publication, the terms Big Brother and Orwellian have entered the popular vernacular. This is a special celebratory release to celebrate 60 years since Nineteen Eighty-Four was first published.

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    Matthew 09-08-14
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    "Amazing book & Narrater"
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    The narrating of this masterpiece is absolutely amazing. The changes in voice for different characters brought it alive. People say that the little interludes of classical music was disconcerning, but I reckon that it made it seem ever more realistic. The tracks fitted perfectly with the story and flowed brilliantly.
    A+. A must read. And a wonderful audiobook.

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    tess biggera waters, Australia 06-09-10
    tess biggera waters, Australia 06-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Beyond brilliant - a true visionary."

    The only mistake Orwell makes is in being a bit premature with his predictions. A riveting story that could so easily come to be if we are not careful. A must read as is his Animal Farm as well.

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  • Rosemary
    Bembridge, United Kingdom
    10/8/09
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    "Excellent narration brings 1984 alive in 2009"

    It's some years since I read 1984 and the surprise about this novel is how it has retained its relevance since it's first publication. It is as applicable to modern society as it was when first written. 1984 is not a light listen. It's a thought provoking tale of manipulative social engineering and the loss of both freedom of speech and thought.

    Philip Glennister's narration is first class. In particular, his soft Irish O'Brien brought the character alive for me. I doubt that his reading of this classic novel can be surpassed.

    The only negative, in my opinion, is the classical music that plays inbetween chapters. I like classical music and I like audio books but not combined! I found it irksome and didn't appreciate the interruption to the flow of the narration.
    Although it was not to my taste, it was not enough to spoil the enjoyment of the superb reading and interpretation of the words of Orwell delivered by Glennister.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jenni
    Bracknell, Berks, United Kingdom
    4/18/10
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    "First class narration"

    1984 is a horrifying tale and not easily forgotten. Philip?s perfect narration brings the story to life and keeps you hanging in until the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    12/13/14
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    "Most influential book ever written."

    It's hard to think of a more influential book save the bible. The shear amount of films, plays, books and games that clearly take inspiration from this book are hard to number.

    I will list a few here - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury -
    V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, David Lloyd - The Matrix Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski - Equilibrium Kurt Wimmer - Minority Report Steven Spielberg - There are so many.

    For this reason alone this book is sensual reading. The book stretches the theme of the story to its limits and this makes it hard to imagine that such a tale could ever really take place. But this hardly detracts from the message of the book or the point Orwell is trying to make. Also, although the book is political in nature, it stands up as a story in its own right.

    The narration was very well done could have lived without the music, but it did not spoil the book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. P. D. Rudman
    Oxford, UK
    12/4/14
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    "A classic well read, apart from the annoying music"
    Where does Nineteen Eighty-Four rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    1984 stands apart from most books. It's just a classic must-read (listen). Not that it's so amazing, but because it's as meaningful about life today as it was published in 1948.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nineteen Eighty-Four?

    "There are three groups in society; the top, who have all the privileges of the elite and who's job is to stay at the top, the middle, who are trying to replace those at the top, and the bottom, who mostly don't think at all." Ok, I may have changed it a bit...


    What does Philip Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Philip Glenister does an excellent job, but given the really annoying music the producers seem to think we need to hear every time something happens, I would think reading the book is probably better.


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

    It's a bit depressing for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, do not add music to books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    United Kingdom
    9/4/14
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    "Excellent. Would be even better without music."
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    Philip Glenister does an wonderful job of narrating this imperishable and frighteningly powerful work.

    The only thing that detracts from the excellence of this recording is the playing of clips of piano music over parts of it. Mostly they are brief and inoffensive, but on at least one occasion the music went on a bit and I found it distracted from rather than enhanced the story. It's still a great audiobook despite this minor niggle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Barnet, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    11/14/09
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    "Double Plus Good"

    Well worth revisiting this classic. War is Peace.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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