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The Modern Scholar: World of George Orwell | [Michael Shelden]

The Modern Scholar: World of George Orwell

Big Brother Is Watching You: The words are inextricably associated with the classic dystopian novel 1984 and with its revered author, George Orwell. The Modern Scholar series continues its exploration of great authors with this course from esteemed professor Michael Shelden. In these lectures, Orwell, who also penned the epitome of the political satire, Animal Farm, is discussed in full, from his childhood in Henley-on-Thames to his final days.
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Big Brother Is Watching You: The words are inextricably associated with the classic dystopian novel 1984 and with its revered author, George Orwell. The Modern Scholar series continues its exploration of great authors with this course from esteemed professor Michael Shelden. In these lectures, Orwell, who also penned the epitome of the political satire, Animal Farm, is discussed in full, from his childhood in Henley-on-Thames to his final days.

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    wayne Mississauga, ON, Canada 08-12-12
    wayne Mississauga, ON, Canada 08-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story, Great Lecturer, can overook delivery"

    I found these lectures among the best of the six modern scholar lectures I have listened to. I find Orwells writing outstanding and captivating. I found myself downloading all of Orwell's books and essay's on audible because of these lectures. The lecturer has a genuine deep interest in the subject matter which makes the lectures all the more engaging.

    My only small complaint, although I eventually got used to it, was Michael Scehldon's delivery. At times I thought. I was. Listening. To. William Shatner. Delivering his lines. In Star Trek.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ESK Moscow, Russia 08-05-12
    ESK Moscow, Russia 08-05-12 Member Since 2011

    There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

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    "Story of an intellectual contrarian"

    When people mention Orwell, they usually refer to either 1984 or Animal Farm. But these lectures offer a more profound understanding of Orwell's literary career than an analysis of the message and prototypes behind two of his most famous works.
    Michael Shelden is the authorized biographer of George Orwell, and he manages to carry the reader away. The lectures inspired me to read Orwell's books and essays and get to know his ideas better. Learning those facts about Orwell made me fall in love with his genius. Thank you, Mr. Shelden!

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    Sally Montreal, Quebec, Canada 09-21-11
    Sally Montreal, Quebec, Canada 09-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A life of perseverance and courage"

    To know the man behind the words and to know the influences that make the backdrop of any literature that much more rich - that is the case with this audiobook. Michael Shelden does wonderful justice to the life and writings of George Orwell. A life that spans many geopolitical shifts in our history is given breadth and depth in this audiobook. I will listen to it again ..... and again ....

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    James Dublin, Ireland 09-26-14
    James Dublin, Ireland 09-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent George Orwell biography"
    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar: World of George Orwell in three words, what would they be?

    Unputdownable intelligent accessible


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a George Orwell biography


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    See above


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I absolutely loved it, what a lovingly crafted biography. Definitely brought a tear to my eye, mostly tears of admiration, for both Orwell and this biographer. Shelden cares passionately about his subject matter and it shines through in his crystal clear approach and narration. Thank you Mr.Shelden for creating such a rich and emphatic portrait.


    Any additional comments?

    The man and his work, more relevant than ever today and carefully observed and discussed in The Modern Scholar: World of George Orwell. An excellent and worthwhile listen whether you are new to Orwell or not. What a man, he packed a lot in to his too short life and left the world with two classics of anti-totalitarian literature Animal Farm and 1984. Anyone interested in ideas of humanity, society, freedom and power should listen/read Orwell's work and this biography.You will not regret downloading this warm and enlightening audiobook. Highly HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 12-01-13
    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 12-01-13 Member Since 2013

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    "The Real Orwell"

    This was an excellent listen. If you like Orwell or you don't, this is an amazing lecture. I have found The Modern Scholar series to be not only educational but thoroughly enjoyable. As my pocketbook allows I will be looking for more in the series and certainly would be interested in anything Michael Sheldon does.

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    The personal details of Eric's life were delicious. A man who lived his love. His love was political literature in novels and commentary. Through this I felt an expression of his concern for mankind; which perhaps he lacked ability to vocally project . In some cases he seemed to protect others from themselves. From their own prejudices, their own lack of ambition or belief that improvement was good for their families and communities. He held firm, in the face of huge opposition, which would have made lesser men crumble. Now his views are the mainstream. It is rare that excellent vocal delivery and scholarly research reside in the same individual. Perhaps we have been spoilt by voice of Christopher Hitchens.

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