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Unabridged Audiobook

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Narrated By: Simon Prebble

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2007

Duration: 11 hours 24 minutes


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, the 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 in 1949 of the world we were becoming is still the great modern classic of negative Utopia.

'Orwell's lean prose, finely honed political discourse, and penetrating images seem as fresh, as menacing, and as disturbingly prophetic as ever. With British equanimity, Simon Prebble accentuates every shade of gray in post-Blitzed-London'.Prebble is especially effective at subtly changing pace and giving weight to each character's most telling moments'.1984 remains one of the most powerful and influential masterworks of twentieth-century literature.''AudioFile


  • J. Corbett

    As much as I hate the constant cultural references to 1984, I have to say it was a good book to re-read with a Socialist in the White House. Enjoyable, however there are gaping holes in the plot and character's actions. View as an educational resource.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Cardon Slater

    It was a decent read. As you get through the plot, the story becomes dull and boring. The ending was predictable as this was my first time reading this novel. I powered through read to get it over with. I was uninterested with the story at the half way mark, but I refuse to stop reading something once started.

  • Freddy Von Essen

    I really enjoyed the first half of the story. The second half and ending were a disappointment. Great narration.

  • sue levin

    Great book. Easy to listen to. Good first time book.

  • Mindy Jones

    Excellent narration. I'd like to listen to every book in his narration.

  • Amanda Gregory

    Some interesting insights, especially the telescreens in light of today's datamining and NSA domestic spying. I did not enjoy it a all, though. Probably not a failing of the author so much as my own dislike for thoroughly unpleasant books. It is like pointing out a possible problem without a possible solution. One further point: a previous reviewer mentioned socialism, and I hve to point out that a careful read reveals that "the Party" chose to use the term socialism ironically since they are actually a tyrannical communist regime.