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  • 1984: New Classic Edition | George Orwell

    1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    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.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
  • Animal Farm | George Orwell

    Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

    Dusty says: "If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last."
  • 1984 (Dramatized) | George Orwell

    1984 (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By David Niven, The NBC University Theater
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    War Is Peace! Freedom Is Slavery! Ignorance Is Strength! Big Brother is watching and listening. Yep, we’re talking propaganda, the fabrication of “truth”, the outlawing of dissent, the distortion of reality, endless war… and of course, thought crime. No we’re not talking about the goings on on 2011, were talking about the 1949 NBC University Theater’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.

    Stephanie says: "Worth the buy, but get the unabridged book."
  • Animal Farm [Dramatised] | George Orwell

    Animal Farm [Dramatised]

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Tamsin Greig
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    Animal Farm - the history of a revolution that went wrong - is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power. Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges....

    Robert Gomez says: "All audio books are equal but some are more equal"
  • Homage to Catalonia | George Orwell

    Homage to Catalonia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the P.O.U.M. militia to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the P.O.U.M. was suppressed.

    Kirby says: "Excellent book, marred by narration"
  • Down and Out in Paris and London | George Orwell

    Down and Out in Paris and London

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Orwell's own experiences inspire this semi-autobiographical novel about a man living in Paris in the early 1930s without a penny. The narrator's poverty brings him into contact with strange incidents and characters, which he manages to chronicle with great sensitivity and graphic power. The latter half of the book takes the English narrator to his home city, London, where the world of poverty is different in externals only.

    Darwin8u says: "The King of Boldness, Clearness, and Audacity"
  • 1984 [Spanish Edition] | George Orwell

    1984 [Spanish Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Arturo López
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    En el año 1984 Londres es una ciudad lúgubre en la que la Policía del Pensamiento controla de forma asfixiante la vida de los ciudadanos. Winston Smith es un peón de este engranaje perverso y su cometido es reescribir la historia para adaptarla a lo que el Partido considera la versión oficial de los hechos. Hasta que decide replantearse la verdad del sistema que los gobierna y somete.

    Daniel says: "Qué tremendo librazo."
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four | George Orwell

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
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    Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

    Brian Rygaard Jensen says: "Why did I not read this earlier"
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four | George Orwell

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
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    Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover each act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party.

    Ludmila says: "IT IS DRAMATIZED"
  • Animal Farm | George Orwell

    Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others and the animals start to question their supposed utopia.

    Matthew says: "Essential"
  • 1984 [German Edition] | George Orwell

    1984 [German Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Sebastian Rudolph
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    Orwells Roman über die Zerstörung des Menschen durch eine perfekte Staatsmaschinerie ist längst zu einer scheinbar nicht mehr erklärungsbedürftigen Metapher für totalitäre Verhältnisse geworden. Mit atemberaubender Unerbittlichkeit zeichnet der Autor das erschreckende Bild eines Staates, der seine Bürger ständig überwacht und nicht nur ihr Denken, sondern auch die Vergangenheit manipuliert.

  • Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays | George Orwell

    Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Viewed as too libelous to print in England until 1968, the title essay in this collection reveals the abuse Orwell experienced as a child at an expensive and snobbish boarding school and offers insights into his lifelong concern for the oppressed. "Why I Write" describes Orwell's sense of political purpose, and the classic essay "Politics and the English Language" insists on clarity and precision in communication in order to avoid the Newspeak later described in 1984.

    Christopher says: "Superb collection of essays, very well read"
  • The Road to Wigan Pier | George Orwell

    The Road to Wigan Pier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    When Orwell went to England in the 30's to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experiences. He stayed in cramped, dreary lodgings and subsisted on the scant, cheerless diet of the poor. He went down into the coal mines and walked crouching, as the miners did, through a one- to three-mile passage too low to stand up in. He watched the back-breaking, dangerous labor of men whose net pay then averaged $575 a year.

    Cassie says: "An Interesting Social Commentary"
  • Rebelión en la granja [Animal Farm] | George Orwell

    Rebelión en la granja [Animal Farm]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Juan Antonio Bernal
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    Un rotundo alegato a favor de la libertad y en contra del totalitarismo que se ha convertido en un clásico de la literatura del siglo XX. Esta sátira de la Revolución rusa y el triunfo del estalinismo, escrita en 1945, se ha convertido por derechos propio en un hito de la cultura contemporánea y en uno de los libros más mordaces de todos los tiempos. Ante el auge de los animales de la Granja Solariega, pronto detectamos las semillas de totalitarismo en una organización aparentemente ideal.

    Alex Martinez says: "Un texto para leer"
  • Burmese Days: A Novel | George Orwell

    Burmese Days: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Colonial politics in Kyauktada, India, in the 1920s, come to a head when the European Club, previously for whites only, is ordered to elect one token native member. The deeply racist members do their best to manipulate the situation, resulting in the loss not only of reputations but of lives. Amid this cynical setting, timber merchant James Flory, a Brit with a genuine appreciation for the native people and culture, stands as a bridge between the warring factions. But he has trouble acting on his feelings, and the significance of his vote, both social and political, weighs on him.

    Darwin8u says: "A Sad, Fierce and Ambitious Colonial Novel"
  • The Road to Wigan Pier | George Orwell

    The Road to Wigan Pier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
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    A graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas explored in his later works and novels.

  • Coming up for Air | George Orwell

    Coming up for Air

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
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    George Bowling, an insurance salesman, hits middle age and feels impelled to “come up for air” from his life of quiet desperation. With seventeen pounds he has won at a race, he steals a vacation from his wife and family and pays a visit to Lower Binfield, the village where he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he remembers from thirty years before. But the pool is gone, Lower Binfield has changed beyond recognition, and the principal event of Bowling’s holiday is an accidental bombing by the RAF.

    Darwin8u says: "Orwell Flirts and Fishes w/ Nostalgia & Modernity."
  • Ferma animalelor | George Orwell

    Ferma animalelor

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Victor Rebengiuc
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    "Iata, tovarasi, raspunsul la toate problemele noastre. El se rezuma la un singur cuvînt: OMUL! Numai daca scapam de Om, numai atunci produsul muncii noastre o sa ne apartina. Aproape peste noapte putem deveni bogati si liberi. Întrebarea este: Ce trebuie sa facem? Iata ce: sa muncim zi si noapte, trup si suflet, pentru rasturnarea rasei omenesti! Acesta e mesajul meu catre voi, tovarasi: REVOLUTIE!"

  • Burmese Days | George Orwell

    Burmese Days

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
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    An unabridged recording of Orwell's brilliant first novel read by Allan Corduner. The story is largely based on Orwell's own experiences as a police officer in Burma. Set in the dying days of the Raj, it depicts the harshness and darker side of colonial rule. And at its centre is John Flory, a lone individual hopelessly trapped in a vast political system; themes which set the agenda for much of his writing. Burmese Days was Orwell's first novel, and was issued in 1934 in America, then a year later in the UK where there had been fears and controversy initially that the material could be libellous.

    Kristoffer says: "Excellent audio-book"
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying | George Orwell

    Keep the Aspidistra Flying

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
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    Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life.

    Timothy says: "Gordon's Grey World is Colored with Grant"
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