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1984

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: George Orwell

Narrated By: Simon Prebble

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2007

Duration: 11 hours 24 minutes

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, 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

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  • Jorge F

    The similarities with much of what we see today in liberal/socialist society is frightening. They even seem to be using it as a guidebook on what they want to do. I had originally read it a long time ago and wanted to refresh it in mind as my son was reading Animal Farm. He's not ready for 1984. I have always hated how the book ends but in some ways it is the only way it could end in such a society. It is disturbing and should be a wake up call to anyone with socialist leanings but instead they vow to go forward thinking they will be smarter and not make the same mistakes. They don't understand that you cannot escape human nature.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Dianne M.

    As so many other reviewers have said, I read this book a while ago and re-reading (or listening) to it now. I find it interesting that Big Brother exists only for power, for the sake of power alone. That idea is so foreign to me on a personal level. I do not understand people who want power whether a supervisor, director, CEO, or politician. I do understand people who want responsibility but that is quite different. None of Orwell's characters have an innate need for God which makes his characters less believable. All the god are there (power, sex, property, and even prestige) but a yearning for the creator is not. Julia is not inquisitive or curious. She is basically a hedonist, radical only "from the waist down" as Winston says to her. She does not mind being so superficial. The tragedy is, of course, that Winston loses and Big Brother wins. It is quite fascinating when O'Brian goes through the history of past tyrants with Winston when he explains the thinking behind Big Brother's treatment of the guilty and rebellious. The narrator is exceptional, exceptional. He really brought the story alive.

  • Georgia S.

    Interesting plot but really confusing at points

  • Phillip M.

    This is a great Narration. Probably one of the best I have listened to. It is an interesting book to revisit.

  • Anonymous

    Such an interesting read and almost scary with how it relates to today’s society.

  • Sussan C

    The book was an eye opener to a world that could possibly be achieved and for that reason the book was intriguing. The narrator did a great job and I felt he drew you into that world and the characters. I hope, for humanity's sake, we never see or live in a world like this one.

  • Paul Simpson

    It was an enjoyable book to listen to. I feel the narration was great. Very satisfied.

  • Trey Majors

    The narration was fantastic. The book is intentionally dark and ominous throughout. The foresight of Orwell was quite remarkable but the book gets pretty flat after the halfway point. It was a good listen but not something I would go back and listen to again.

  • Robert Werme

    Hadn't read this book in school when it was assigned (Cliff notes), so even though I'd been vaguely aware of the major themes (double think, newspeak, Big Brother, etc), listening to Simon Prebble's eloquent reading deepened my experience with the story. As a left-leaning American citizen, it was a good reminder of the ways that political quests for "safety and security" can lead to a dangerous and delusional artifice of peace, freedom and even justice.