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1984 Audiobook

1984: New Classic Edition

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: The ultimate dystopia. 1984 has come and gone, but Orwell is still as poignant as ever. Simon Prebble's narration provides the perfect blend of seriousness and disaffection. Writ large in audio and rendered scarier than Stephen King on a late-night country-road drive, it makes you wonder all over again how right Orwell was. —Chris Doheny

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.

What the Critics Say

  • 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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    LadyCokonut 03-23-17
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    "Was alright. Very dry"

    The initial idea and plot is very interesting. For the most part is was good but i couldn't wait for it to finish only because it was extremely dry in most parts. I found the book from a article about the top 100 books of all time. It was aright. I wouldn't consider it in that category though.

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    Justin 03-23-17
    Justin 03-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "miserable book"

    well written. cowardly concept...couldn't wait for it to end. thank goodness it was superbly read.

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    KTlin 03-20-17
    KTlin 03-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narration."

    this book really gets you thinking. everyone should read it at least once. this book requires you to really analyze the ethics of law and government, and how much crazy things we put up with already.

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    a. page 03-19-17
    a. page 03-19-17 Member Since 2013
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    "History repeats itself?"

    What if there were no history, written or spoken, but alive only in one's mind. Orwell's futuristic view of 1984 is alive and well today. You owe it to yourself to read or reread this book.

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    James C Jensen 03-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The future is now."
    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    This is a book that should be listened to over and over, and shared with others who love freedom. It describes how liberty is eroded and how authority is enforced in unnoticed small increments.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Room 101.


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

    I came to realize that we have arrived at the future described by the author so many years ago.


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    Amazon Customer 03-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Little Over-hyped."
    What did you like best about 1984? What did you like least?

    I liked Big Brother, to see how someone could interpret the idea such as George Orwell did. I didn't like Julia at all. She was so strange to me, I couldn't seem to find a way to relate to her, let alone understand her.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part of the story was how Big Brother would change dictionaries, articles, records, and everyone seemed to just accept it. I'm big into video games, and it kind of reminded me of Fallout and Bioshock. The least interesting aspect was the snippet of "romance" in the woods with Winston and Julia. I cared so much more to see the world that the story took place, the environment, not so much the weird "relationship" that George Orwell showed.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Prebble?

    I definitely would. I don't fault him for the story that he had to read, and he did a great job of trying to immerse myself into the story.


    Did 1984 inspire you to do anything?

    I have the urge to read a bunch of other dystopian novels and watch like movies.


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    E. Young 03-17-17
    E. Young 03-17-17
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    "the Narrator is amazing!"

    I have read the book and watched the movie..Listening to the audio book was like hearing the story for the first time! this Narrator is so great I didn't want it to end!

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    Andrew&Alyson CA 03-17-17
    Andrew&Alyson CA 03-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    Did Trump read this as a guide for being elected? It is scary how similar big brother is to the NSA.

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    jc_ecua02 03-17-17
    jc_ecua02 03-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Favorite book all time! "

    It's scary how our society started to mimic some of the things that go on in this reality

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    Peter 03-16-17
    Peter 03-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting but way too long."

    I was struggling to see the purpose of every part of the story. sometimes it just seemed repetitive and all just filled. which I suppose might be the point Orwell is trying to convey here...

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