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1984 (Dramatized)

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Publisher's Summary

War Is Peace! Freedom Is Slavery! Ignorance Is Strength! Big Brother is watching and listening. Yep, we’re talking propaganda, the fabrication of “truth”, the outlawing of dissent, the distortion of reality, endless war… and of course, thought crime. No we’re not talking about the goings on on 2011, were talking about the 1949 NBC University Theater’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. This production originally aired on August 27, 1949, but is available today for your listening enjoyment. This is the very first adaptation of 1984 and it stars David Niven!

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    Kieran FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 05-28-11
    Kieran FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 05-28-11
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    "Worth the buy, but get the unabridged book."

    If you've never read the book this is a good taste of what's to come. The story really gets you thinking and it's well worth the buy. I'd still settle for the book though.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    DV 12-13-11
    DV 12-13-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Love it"

    Very well done. I liked the drama that goes along with it. It was like listening to classic radio theater. Great story as well. I will be getting the full audio book soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 05-30-17
    Robert 05-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not the full book Buyer beware"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not the full book Buyer beware


    Would you ever listen to anything by George Orwell again?

    Not the full book Buyer beware


    Which character – as performed by David Niven and The NBC University Theater – was your favorite?

    Not the full book Buyer beware


    What character would you cut from 1984 (Dramatized)?

    Not the full book Buyer beware


    Any additional comments?

    Not the full book Buyer beware

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JURANDYR Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 04-21-17
    JURANDYR Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 04-21-17
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    "Historically Valuable; Very Low Sound Quality"

    It looks as if no sound restoration was ever applied to this old record. This makes the experience of listening to this dramatized rendition of 1984 a very unfulfilling, unsatisfactory one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    stanmagicman Kansas City, MO 04-14-17
    stanmagicman Kansas City, MO 04-14-17 Member Since 2017

    stanmagicman

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    "WOW"

    Was very interesting. Would like to have know it was a condensed version perfomed on radio.

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    Amazon Customer 03-09-17
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    "great old school feel "

    the style of the reading gave it an eerie effect. pretty dope version overall .

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    Mike Davidson 02-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Can't hear"

    Though it is a cool old-time recording. It is very hard to hear and I miss simple words. I do a lot of listening to books like this as well as business related books in my car on my way to work. Possibly with the road noise here as well. I did not even finish first chapter.

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    Kerry L Phelps 01-26-17
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    "Cool but meh"

    Great dramatization for a "short radio story." Was about an hour long program. Am preferring whole book to be read

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    Manders San Diego, Ca United States 08-09-16
    Manders San Diego, Ca United States 08-09-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Totally Fun"

    I know that this caused panic when it first aired, and I'm not sure how, because there's not enough timing for it to be happening in real time. That being said, I did enjoy how things cut out as though the people were taken out by the aliens mid transmission. Very true to life I think.

    My only flaw was the quality of sound, which is likely hard to listen to the static crackle with my modern ears.

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    Josh 03-19-16
    Josh 03-19-16
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    "Short, good, hard to hear at times"

    Short, good, hard to hear at times. Not a waste, but I probably won't listen again.

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  • Lucazest
    Rezzato (Brescia), Italy
    11/3/11
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    "Horrible audio for a great classic"

    The audio quality is really awful.
    If you' ve got good ears, noise and distorsion proof, this is for you!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Clive Wyndham
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    7/17/14
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    "A classic look at society"
    What did you like most about 1984 (Dramatized)?

    One of the best books to read


    What other book might you compare 1984 (Dramatized) to, and why?

    A brave new world by Aldus Huxley


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Anger


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for the free thinker

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, United Kingdom
    4/10/13
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    "1984"

    This book has always been on my list of books to read but never got around to it. We were supposed to read it at school but I never did. I actually bought a copy in 1984 to read but never did. This dramatised version was fun to listen to and I have listened to it many times already. Audio books are a great way of getting those must reads sorted - while ironing, walking the dog, waiting around for trains. Love it, love it, love it and recommend it for those who want to find out the origin of Big Brother and room 101. Furthermore, David Niven's narration adds a classic tone that is a smooth, suave added bonus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael A
    8/9/16
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    "Watching you."

    BB is after you for an ice cream cornet with f!lakes & nutsas well. Yah!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    5/24/16
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    "nice piece of classic radio"

    I actually look out for radio dramas. Good structure to the story. With all old radio performances the quality of the audio will sometimes be an issue so you have to judge with this in mind. On the whole very good. there were only a couple of spoken parts where you had to either strain to hear what was said or increase the volume. So overall pleased with the performance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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