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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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    Fernando Gainesville, FL, US 07-16-17
    Fernando Gainesville, FL, US 07-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Important book, not a happy one"

    Orwell's story made her harder for me to suppress the fear that the summary of our species will be one of horror and waste. Is that the price of being awake? Is the mirth and tenderness we find nothing but crumbs? Is optimism regarding our current path nothing but a form of enabling?
    I highly recommend the book, but it is not a happy story.

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    mrtwstrs Ny 07-13-17
    mrtwstrs Ny 07-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Should've read this years ago."
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1984 to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read print version. Audio visual kinda brain. Audio books work best for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

    The main characters being caught in their "safe place" and how they got busted.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No unknown


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to with open mind. Don't be afraid to listen to it or individual chapters over to get in to it. The book can be jumpy and throw you out of rhythm If your distracted while listening or reading it.

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    Brian 07-11-17
    Brian 07-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Literary classic"

    Wow? So many parallels. Scary good. A masterpiece. I hope every high school English teacher requires this reading.

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    Jennifer Quijano 07-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This was fantastic"

    love love loved it. there is a reason these books are so well known. Might be just my personal taste but it was everything you expect from a classic dystopian story. I enjoy the pace and the characters. Not sure what I really expect the plot to go but it really ended in a way I felt was very fitting. I will be rereading again in a few years.

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    Teresa 07-06-17
    Teresa 07-06-17
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    "1984"

    A classic, very germane to our political climate. There has been a 30 year decline in education and deliberate separation of economic/educational classes. A must read.

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    aswindell 07-06-17
    aswindell 07-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible"

    Incredible story. It makes you curious and angry and sad and happy, almost all at once when you start to think about its realities.

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    Chris T 07-05-17
    Chris T 07-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book!"

    Never read it in high school...finally got a chance and really enjoyed it. Narrator was great and was really easy to listen to.

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    Adam Bainbridge Elizabethtown, PA, US 07-01-17
    Adam Bainbridge Elizabethtown, PA, US 07-01-17
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    "Great classic. Well written and well read."

    There are several examples that can be pulled from this and be seen in our every day lives. The appendix seems to have a small hidden message so don't skip over it thinking it's boring.

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    Bernard 07-01-17
    Bernard 07-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "still relevant"

    Compare the appendix on newspeak to SJW's and political correctness. It is worrisome at best. Dangerous at worst.

    should be read by all.

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    cassie predmore 06-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "very good"

    Like the story had hoped it ended differently but I can see the reason it is a classic

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