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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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Good and engaging story. Great narrator.

Story was very engaging and many unexpected plot twists. Did not go how I expected all these years. Glad I finally got to hear this story. Narrator was excellent.

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Great story, thought provoking!

First half of the book is harder to get through, its very dull nature makes it so. its intended im sure, the second half is very interesting. The ending... surprising and yet, maybe not. You should judge for yourself :) Recommended for sure!

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Overrated cult classic

Just couldn't get through the book not a 1984 fan. Cult classic just did not keep my interest.

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Essential Read

I felt, going into reading this book, was that it was important to read. It is very instructive. Orwell does a great job at relaying important ideas through an interesting story. Simon Prebble is an excellent voice actor!

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Amazing narrator!

I have read the book before. It's a classic for a reason. Always relevant to our current society. Scary but more so thought provoking! Great read.
The narration of this book is simply beautiful.
I have suggested this audio book to all of my family; forced is probably a more accurate word. I am currently listening to another of Simon Prebbles reads. He simply manages to lift any story and capture the listener (Coming from an easily distracted person).
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR, AND LISTEN TO THIS BOOK

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Slow book but ends suddenly

It's hard to read until you're halfway through. Once it picks up though it's pretty interesting.

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  • J
  • 09-04-17

Good book... but kind of depressing.

Narrator was good and story was good too but I usually like my dystopian novels to have a silver lining or some hope...There was none of that here. It left me kind of depressed.

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A masterpiece

All around Great. story, narration, plot and has meaning connection to present day society. Fantastic.

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  • Draco
  • Houston, Tx
  • 09-02-17

A chilling tale reflective of current events.

I've always heard about 1984, but I had no idea how influential it actually was. As I listened, bits from other media began showed their origin. The command and conquer quote and, the Picard torture scene most easily come to mind. I understand those things like never before.

And as I listened, the things happening around us today made more sense. Deplatfroming of unpopular opinions. Enacting political violence because anyone that disagrees with you is clearly a Nazi.

This book should be mandatory reading in highschool... but I fear a young mind would not understand it.

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Haunting

A haunting tale of government run amok and controlling the thoughts and actions of it's people. So much of this book resembles modern day North Korea.