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Nineteen Eighty-Four Audiobook

Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Publisher's Summary

Big Brother is watching you....

1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair. As he writes the words ‘DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER’, his personal rebellion begins....

George Orwell’s masterpiece is the definitive dystopian novel and one of the most influential works of the twentieth century.

©1949 George Orwell (P)2015 Canongate Books Ltd

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    Abhinav Goel 06-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"
    What made the experience of listening to Nineteen Eighty-Four the most enjoyable?

    I felt I was with the narrator. Experiencing the pain and horror. Experiencing the thought process. I enjoyed how different the story of this book is.


    What other book might you compare Nineteen Eighty-Four to and why?

    None so far. This book is pretty unique.


    Any additional comments?

    I had a great experience reading this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nulli 04-22-17
    nulli 04-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant classic."

    A timeless classic that's very relevant for our current era of new speak and the like. Faultless narration.

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    Andrei G 03-26-17
    Andrei G 03-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book and perfect performance"

    I loved the whole performance and the fact that it has the appendix part with new speech. It left me speechless. I highly recommend it

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    Solaia Bladesong 01-01-17
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    "A cautionary tale and a great narrator"

    This book is a great way to avoid totalitarianism. The message is simple, don't lie and speak up when you're pushed too far. The narration is fantastic. I'll be looking for more books read by Mr. Wincott.

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    Brian Rygaard Jensen Lundby, Denmark 07-05-16
    Brian Rygaard Jensen Lundby, Denmark 07-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Why did I not read this earlier"
    What made the experience of listening to Nineteen Eighty-Four the most enjoyable?

    The story is just captivating. Decided to pick it up because it is a classic, and I have never read it, and how I regret that.

    The story will change, i think, based on your own perception of your life. It is a story that is just complete, and well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Winston Smith. The way he rebels knowing he will (probably) get caught, but not realising the extend of cruelty the system is based on.

    He works with great enthusiasm in rewriting history, and yet does all he can to resist the impact wanted by the rewriting.


    Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favorite?

    O'Brien. He does all the characters really well, but here he really nails it. The fatherly old, evil, man who really believes all his ramblings and believes doublespeak. The dialogue about levitation is incredible, and if you are new to the story look forward to this.


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

    The last reaction of Winston Smith moved me deeply.


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  • Jonny D
    Kent, UK
    4/1/16
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    "A Prophetic look at modern 'Politics of Fear'..."
    If you could sum up Nineteen Eighty-Four in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!


    What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

    Very well read.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book everyone should read. It is almost impossible to imagine that it was written in the 1940's, as it is so amazingly accurate in relation to the kind of world we now live in, with the intrusive surveillance, the invasion of privacy, the never ending wars and the constant barrage of self-serving propaganda we are subjected to by our respective Governments. I read this book as a teenager and then listened to it again 30 years later as an audio book. It was only upon the second reading that I truly appreciated its true brilliance. It is one of the most spellbinding books I've ever read, Orwell was undoubtedly a genius and a prophet. If you look around, you can see all that he foretold...and more.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Cherry
    2/18/16
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    "Great stuff.."

    Andrew Wincott's well spoken yet haunting tone, richly captures Winston's story and elevates it to sound realistic, truthful and emotional in a world where 'reality', 'truth' and 'emotion' do not exist. Of course Orwell's writing is incredible and prophetic, all of this praise goes without saying. However, if you love this, then Down and Out in Paris and London is fantastic, and I would highly recommend it! I've read all of Orwell's works, but I've decided to go through the audio books while studying him again at uni to spice it up a bit, and the theatricality and voice acting really brings something new to each story! Homage to Catalonia next for me!
    (One thing I will say was that Wincott's voice was quite slow, so I did speed it up to 1.5)

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Draycass
    Portsmouth
    1/28/16
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    "Big Brother is watching you!"
    If you could sum up Nineteen Eighty-Four in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, Though invoking


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is only one favorite - Winston. Resolute despite adversity. I won't spoil what happens by adding my final thoughts on dear old Winston!


    What does Andrew Wincott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His vocal quality is perfect for this book! It suits the style and atmosphere of the book. Dark, mysterious and moody.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Big Brother is ALWAYS watching you!


    Any additional comments?

    1984 is a thought provoking look at what could be. The date may be long gone, but don't be fooled into thinking that George Orwell's prediction of what might be is long gone! This book has a whole new meaning in light of the Edward Snowden revelations on Mass Surveillance.
    The characters are well written and fit perfectly into a descriptive and sterile world.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Ano nymous
    12/1/15
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    "Simply Brilliant."
    What did you like most about Nineteen Eighty-Four?

    This book is shockingly relevant, it resonates so strongly in the modern day. The poignancy of the story and the incredible way it is written makes it a must read for everyone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nineteen Eighty-Four?

    The description of the Prole women fighting over the pots in the city, Winston believes the sound to be the sound of some kind of uprising only to find that it is simply the women fighting over cheap pots, this just struck me as horribly pertinent after the incidents of 'Black Friday. '


    Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favourite?

    Possibly Obrien is my favourite character, its his harsh personality that really brings the strength to this novel in terms of its authenticity. He makes no attempt to glamourise the rebels enterprise, instead he reflects the frank truth of the matter that in order to effect any change they will have to be brutal and its not going to be easy.


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

    I was gripped all the way through this book, it was long and so I couldn't listen to it all at once- but I sure wanted to!


    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Badham
    1/19/16
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    "A must read (or listen)"

    Despite its age, the story is still very relevant today, you can easily relate some of the thoughts in this book with modern day social and political conflicts. I think that it is a book everyone should either read or listen to at some point in their life, it has clearly inspired so many stories and worlds since it was written. The performance was also good, read clearly with an interesting voice that goes well with the dystopian world of 1984 and distinctive voices for all characters.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Petrit
    1/2/17
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    "Very relevant in the times we face currently!"

    With all the political events recently around the world wanted to revisit this absolutely fantastic book and seemingly very relevant in light of what we are facing. For those that have not read the book I would recommend reading it rather than the audible version.

    Definitely recommended reading for everyone.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/1/16
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    "Plus Unbad"

    it would be thinkcrime not to read.
    Unbadly narrated.
    enjoyed the end.
    the explination of newthink is a bonus.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel H. Williams
    coventry,england
    9/6/16
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    "lives up to it's reputation"

    the reader is easy to listen to and matches the book in my opinion. A must read (or listen).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • T. Evans
    Wales
    8/26/16
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    "A great novel with a vital message perfectly read"

    My favourite audio book so far. Brilliantly read. 1984 should be compulsory reading for all, it helps one see through 'newspeak', whether it's ' extraordinary rendition' or 'efficiency savings'!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mette
    London, UK
    7/28/16
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    "Still very relevant"

    every school child should read this and take note as our freedom is being taken away more and more.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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