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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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    Michael 04-11-17
    Michael 04-11-17 Member Since 2011

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    "Best version of this"
    What did you love best about 1984?

    The story is of course a classic and becoming more relevant every day especially in the USA. The advent of smart TV's and the ability for the cameras to be used subversively to spy on people, (telly-screens) the liberal snowflake 'free speech only if you agree with us" (thought police) the sneaky editing of books and historical information as it is uploaded to the internet ( Winston's job) really exist,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    obvioulsy Winston because you can relate to it


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is the icing on the cake. It is Simon's narration that brings this book to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yres, definately


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it and get absorbed in it but understand there are lessons to be learned

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Garret ROSEVILLE, CA, United States 04-06-17
    Garret ROSEVILLE, CA, United States 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredibly depressing."

    Are the concepts in this book left or right leaning? To fully appreciate it, you need to let go of your political views and witness this story of unrelenting oppression. Fear that anyone should experience such a hell and think about what aspects of your own political ideals might lead us there. It's not the left or the right that will lead us to such a hell; it's the blind and credulous hatred of the other. Are you for the library of your fellow man or are you only for the party?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lukas Hernandez 05-29-08
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    "Simply perfect"

    Without a doubt, this audio book is better that good, it's DOUBLE PLUS GOOD.

    26 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Mickey Burns West Jordan, Utah USA 08-14-12
    Mickey Burns West Jordan, Utah USA 08-14-12

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    "Believe the hype"
    If you could sum up 1984 in three words, what would they be?

    Dark unforgettable classic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The futuristic story, spooky plot and overall depth of the story.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Good change in tone for various characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - after it really got rolling.


    Any additional comments?

    The review said this book was like a Stephen King novel and it was right! Hard to believe this book is 60+ years old, but easy to understand why it is on every classic book list. This is the kind of book that you keep thinking about long after you have read it and raises the bar on the types of book you will want to read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Moorhead, MN, USA 10-18-09
    Corey Moorhead, MN, USA 10-18-09
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    "Read..... if you dare!"

    First. This audio book was very well done. The voice actor was one of the best I've listened to among the many novels I've bought form audible.
    Almost too good. The story is brought to life almost painfully at times. You WILL enter the world of 1984. At the end you will, as I did, spend time thinking about similarities between the world of 1984 and today. Good luck to us all!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Butler, PA, USA 08-05-09
    Brad Butler, PA, USA 08-05-09
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    "An excellent first audiobook"

    I've always wanted to read this book, and I found it incredibly engrossing. I'm now hooked on audiobooks. Simon Prebble's narration really brought the story to life.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 05-04-17
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 05-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Had I read in 1984"

    The 4 star rating is an average of the 5 stars I would have given it if I had read it in 1984 (my high school/college days) and the 3 stars I give it today. Evaluating it as a younger me, I would say this is required reading. Today, I have the attention span of a jaded fruit-fly when it comes to politics and so zoned in and out. However, all respect is due to this book which has obviously inspired a great many works of literature and film. It's depressing though that it's not only a work a fiction but a reality both historically and at present.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C Nelson 04-10-17
    C Nelson 04-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    incredibly intelligent and sobering. Narrator captures all emotions quite well. highly recommend for anyone who enjoys contemplating their readings deeply.

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    Anthony Gibson 04-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "so good when I finished I just started over again"

    narrator is the best ever and I go through 3 or 4 audio books a month. such a great book

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    Brian Zohner 04-09-17
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    "A Fascinatingly Soul Crushing Story"

    George Orwell's 1984 creates a convincing an hopeless dystopian future that many novels and movies have been modeled after. It grabs you and convinces you that there may be ways out of the system that has been created only to see them utterly dashed. The book has become timeless and it really has earned it.

    Winston is a very relatable character, and you feel drawn to him quickly. His exploration of the limits of EngSoc help you empathize with him. Other characters, such as Julia and O'Brien quickly become unforgettable as you struggle with whether to hate them or warm to them.

    While many elements in the book are just as relevant today as they were in 1949 (some even more so) there are other parts that seem distractingly obsolete. George Orwell also seems to take it for granted that the Inner Party will permanently have a unity of purpose. I can understand the reason he doesn't acknowledge this possibility: he doesn't want there to be any possibility of escape for Winston. The appendix also isn't necessary unless you find the idea of NewSpeak interesting.

    Simon Prebble does a great job bringing this story to life. I only know him as the computer from Courage the Cowardly Dog, but his voice is totally appropriate for 1984. The only problem I had with his performance was that it could be difficult to follow scenes if the imagery changed too rapidly (especially the ending). Otherwise, he created very compelling character voices for the novel.

    1984 is a great book to pick up if you're a fan of the idea of dystopia. I wouldn't recommend this one, however, if you're looking for a pick-me-up story. Big Brother with crush you down again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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