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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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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Phenomenal book - brilliantly read"
Seminal and prosaic
One of the most important works of fiction of the 20th century (only 'just' fiction given its social realism and relevance). Should be read by every teenager and re-read by every adult.
Does a great job at breaking up the parts and characters.
"Fantastic! Ahead of its time."
One of the best! Great narrator, great story.
This book changes the way you look at the world!
"Classic Novel! "
Philip captured this book well. Still as great as the first time I read it.
Great experience hearing it on Audio.
"Not my favourite narrator"
I found this narrator somewhat monotonous and his depiction of Julia dreadful. It ruined her character for me. Obviously a good story though...
"A CLASSIC & The Best Ever"
Cant say too much more other than Glenisters voice was written for this part !! Brilliant !!
"Philip Glenister was spot on."
Philip Glenister was a perfect choice, he should definitely do more narration. Want to listen to it all over again right now, wonderful.
"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.
"A classic well read, apart from the annoying music"
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.
"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...
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.
It's a bit depressing for that.
Please, do not add music to books.
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