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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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Play it at 1.20x speed

This is a must read along with Orwell's other books
It can get slow and draggy at points, listening to it at 1.1 or 1.2 made it easier for me to stay engaged.

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Fantastic book and performance

This is a classic and remains so as an audiobook. I hardly ever comment much on the performance but I have to say that Simon Prebble had a brilliant performance. His ability to switch between characters and the way he conveyed emotion was - for me - flawless. I will definitely listen again.

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thought provoking

A very deep entertaining book about the quarls of a man in a represaaive goverment. Parallels to our real world are at a premium.

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Classic

A book that should be read by everyone. Classic.its a warning a free society needs to hear

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We Are Living During 1984

This was a prediction of the future. Orwell was off by 50 years but he saw it coming and no-one could be believe him. He was talking about a Communist take over not a Capitalist take over as we are having under Trump. We are turning into an Oligarchy and Putin’s Russia is the model. Keep ReReading this novel you learn something new about the future each time you listen.

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Pretty good but....

I had to read his book for an AP class, and I like it quite a bit. My classmates hate though. I enjoy the storyline and there were some plot twists that I genuinely did not see coming. Though I was confused a bit forwards the end of the story, but it’s a great book overall. If you like this one, try reading brave new world.

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dark and realistic. Impossible not to relate.

An almost perfect description of the socialist revolution happening in Venezuela since 1998. it is dark, it is real and it is scary.

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Too rich of a world

This audio version has a really good narration, with different expressions on different characters and it always keeps you into the story.

I found the writing style innocent. In some of the chapters I felt like going back to listening the writing essays of my classmates in high school.
Each scene is adorned with lots of relevant details and memories. Many of these details are not necessary in a scene, and some of them are even introduced in the middle of a conversation, so as to tip the reader about what's going on in this dystopia... but at the same time making the conversations sound unnatural.
The world imagined by Orwell was rich by itself, and so much detail makes it feel "forced" and thus it becomes difficult to submerge oneself into the different situations.
I often found myself losing attention or even laughing at situations that are supposed to be dramatic, as for example the scenes happening inside the Ministry of Love.

Now, don't get me wrong: this is an important book to read. I think the reader will find a very interesting world in it, and perhaps a different experience than I had. It is, as I said, rich in details, and lots of very interesting ideas some of which have been very (influential?) in our culture, and we still reference today, such as the idea of "Big Brother", or the "thought police".

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must read

must read, listen, now! its kinda scary how 2017 feels like 1984, 2050 coming soon...

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Favourite

I am not exaggerating when I say this is one of the best reads from the last century. I have read it between 4-6 times over the course of my time and to listen to Simon and his narration of O’Brien sent shivers down my spine.
Would highly recommend to the driver and the work distracted.