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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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Most brilliant book ever

the narration was great and the story was mindblowing. best book ever. orwell is a genius.

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Great

I really liked this book a lot. While listening you get lost and almost a part of what's going on.

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Absolute classic literature, MUST read!

If you could sum up 1984 in three words, what would they be?

While a delightful delving into the science fiction genre, it still has the societal intelligence to point out a disturbing trend in censorship and commentary. I find that while the book is great on its own merit, the application of social theory hits a little too close to home in 2016-2017.

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

I have not, but I'm interested in hearing more from his narrative style. I love that his voice is not a "classic" radio style voice, more human and organic. His vocal talent fit seamlessly for 1984.

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

Absolutely. I've read this in paperback a number of times, but listening was a real treat. Powerful storytelling with serious political undertones.

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1984 = 2017?

An absolute classic. and as timely now as it ever was. Great performance by Simon Prebble.

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Bone-chilling story

This has quickly become one of my favorite books. Although 1984 has long passed, Orwell's story still holds its original value. Prebble's performance was marvelous and added to the suspense.

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I loved it !

I through loved the book, loved the narrator also! 1984 should be read by everyone. it's truly spectacular.

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Brilliant

The narrator captures perfectly the warring hope, futility and horror of this most durable and important account of the evil that men do and will do when evolution mutates from the nobility of the human spirit into the torturous exercise of pure power.

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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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Excellent narration. Excellent story.

The story is very interesting and timely. The narrator did an excellent job bringing it to life and sustaining my attention throughout the reading.

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Brilliant

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A truly powerful, relevant (amazing after nearly 70 years), terrifying story. Loved Simon Prebble's narration, as well...just perfect.

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