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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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    Anthony Grand Prairie, TX, United States 12-11-16
    Anthony Grand Prairie, TX, United States 12-11-16 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting"

    since the dire predictions did not come to pass it makes it hard to take as serious. I like title that have a positive end.

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    James 11-28-16
    James 11-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow. Just... wow."

    I can't lie; it gets a little slow at times, but it is a very argumentatively stimulating book. Definitely a good read for anyone who is looking to really challenge their ideals on government and the media.

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    Ashley 11-22-16
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    "Great Listen to A Classic"
    What did you love best about 1984?

    the concept of "thoughtcrime", this is a classic Dystopian book, I read it in high school as well


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    Animal Farm


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Julia


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the very end


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    Rafa Angeles 11-16-16
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    "One of my favorites made better"

    An amazing performance of an amazing book. What a great new way to experience this piece of art.

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    T.Vo 11-15-16
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    The story isn't all what it cracked up to be...a bit boring. It did not live up to the hype

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    Christopher Schmidt 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    Was a struggle to finish. To much detail for a really basic story. The end

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    andrea 11-06-16
    andrea 11-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What's everyone talking about?"

    I read this book because I have heard such praises about it. I did not see how it was so great. I got the underlying tones we're trying to make a statement about society, but the story was dry. I am not a fan of torture and that was overplayed.

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    Wesley Veugeler 11-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "anarcho-capitalism ftw"

    anyone can turn on the news today and see new-speak being crammed into the government educated minds today.

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    Jones 11-03-16
    Jones 11-03-16
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    "Beautifully written, scary story with far too many parallels to today's society"

    This is my second Orson Well book, the first being The Animal Farm. He is a masterful writer, this story was performed just as masterfully. The story itself seems to be a scary far distant prophecy of what may happen to our society if we are not diligent about maintaining an unadulterated form of a Constitutional Republic . 2+2=4

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    Josh Hathcock 10-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story and narration"

    I loved everything about this audiobook. The book is terrifying and brilliant, and the narration is some of the best I've heard. I highly recommend!

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