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Description

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.

Ce que les critiques disent

  • 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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Au global

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Excellent Reader

I had a difficult time getting through this one. Such a hopeless tale! Simon Prebble makes it as enjoyable as possible, but this is not a "fun" book.

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Excellent

It appears Big Brother can control your thoughts. Brilliant story and part 3 was excellent

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You had Better Listen -- Big Brother is Watching

It goes without saying (but I will say it anyway): Orwell's 1984 is a classic that should not be missed. Whether interested in dystopian tales, classic literature, or you simply want to understand all those contemporary pop culture references to this seminal novel, Simon Prebble's reading of 1984 offers one of the most accessible and compelling ways to work through this gripping, albeit melancholic, story.

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A great story and a great performance

This was a great story and the narrator did an excellent job bringing it to life. #Audible1

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Well read classic!

This audio book was well read, great pace and I enjoyed the listening to Simon as this classic novel unfolded.
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Weirdly accurate

This story is a little difficult to listen too as one can imagine this type of scenario just around the corner if our political system gets any more wonky. I would recommend it to anyone who is an adult. #Audible1

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  • ali
  • 2018-09-17

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#Audible1 Great Book, will definitely listen to it again. the performance was good as well.

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a must read classic

for the younger generation....if you loved v for vendetta....you have to listen to this book. 1984 is where the idea for V began.
mindblowing and brilliant. hard to believe it was written in the 40s
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Perfect Narrator for this Dystopian Classic!

Simon Prebble is a great narrator. His voicing of Winston Smith in this shockingly realistic portrayal of a possible future for our world, or at least our society, made even the difficult political bits in the middle read easily and clearly. At the same time, Prebble captures the horror of Big Brother and all his machinations. Top notch way to experience Orwell's masterpiece! #Audible1

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Timely for 2018

Listening to this classic in 2018 was a great experience. It had been a long time since I read the book but I had been wanting to re-read it. Listening is a preferred end of the day activity these days. In the story, the technology may be dated (which you can explain away by the state of the world), but the issues are current, including the establishment Slogans in the context of the real world climate of tyrants or would-be tyrants masquerading as populists. The performance was smooth and kept me listening.
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  • Andrew George
  • 2008-05-30

Better than the real thing

If you were to read this as an actual book, you would miss out, this audiobook is that good. The narration is perfect; it's bone-chilling. This book is frightening, profound and incredibly relevant.

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  • Au global
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  • Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN)
  • 2008-02-18

Come one, Come all into 1984!

I previously downloaded a version of 1984 that sounded as if the thought police had shoved the novel where no darkness shines. However, This five star version of Orwell's masterpiece is so well voiced, so expressive that I find it hard to put down. In this novel, we are transported to an alternate reality where history is overwritten and free thought is a crime. Depite the constant threat of the telescreens, spies and thought police, Winston and his love interest, Julia, endeavor to rebel against Big Brother in their own ways. Orwell's insight into history, warfare and mass hysteria reflect the era in which he was writing, and still endure in this classic of science fiction- a piece that anticipates not only future works in the genre, but twentieth and twenty first century issues of foreign policy and state welfare. If you haven't read this book, you owe it to yourself to give this version a listen- it will challenge you and touch you, and I know that I, for one, will never be the same.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2015-11-14

ROOM 101

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
This amazing thought provoking, scary, unforgettable?, timeless classic is a must read. The book is divided into three parts. Let me start with part 3. Horror fans do not miss part 3. Part 3 is filled with suspense and torture. Horror is one of my specialties, but no fiction book written with the sole purpose of horror can match the suspense and reality of Part 3. Russia, North Korea and Nazi Germany can not compete with the torture practices of the party. The ability to alter the mind, to control your very thoughts, to make you love what you hated, to turn yourself against yourself. HOW MANY FINGERS DO YOU SEE?

WAR IS PEACE
Part one is the introduction and we learn what it is like to live in this society through the eyes of Winston. Winston is watched his whole life, he has no privacy. His apartment has a camera, his job, everywhere he goes. Everything he says is listened to, his facial expressions are examined and if he does not look and act the way the party expects, he could be vanished. In the morning he is awakened by the television, expected to get out of bed and follow the leader on the TV in morning exercises, if he does not bend over far enough, his name is announced over a speaker in his room and he better perform properly. The TV can not be turned off. Few people are married and sex is frowned upon. Those that are married rarely love each other, they only have sex to do their duty to the party. Their kids usually end up turning against them and reported them to the party. They are then vanished, see part 3. At work, Winston's job is to change history. If the party said something a year ago, which does not agree with what they said today, then all written material from the past must be changed to show that what they said today is what they have always said.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
Winston is lonely and he hates the party. He must hide these facts from the ever watching eye of Big Brother. Somehow, he is able to find places of privacy and to have an affair. Life almost takes on a certain type of normalcy. Yet, he and she know that they will get caught and that they will be tortured. The reader feels for the couple, wishes them happiness, yet dreads the ultimate outcome of them being caught. Part two is bitter sweet.

MINISTRY OF PLENTY
Simon Prebble is excellent, absolutely excellent. I can't say enough about his performance for this novel.

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  • Customer Bob
  • 2010-08-09

Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator

I'm a regular consumer of audio books, and Simon Prebble's narration brings this book to life with such pitch-perfect, jaw-dropping excellence that I'm at a bit of a loss how to praise him highly enough. Suffice it to say that I got so lost in the story that at times I forgot altogether that this was a book. Do yourself a favor and give this one a listen.

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  • T Cyr
  • 2017-02-13

Excellent Reader of a Visionary Classic

For first being published in 1949, Orwell had a dire vision into a possible future of our humanity and life on this planet. What's more frightening is that some of his vision has come true. Television has become a big part of what manipulates and controls much of our culture and society. Social media seems to spew hate. This has been one of those classics that has always been on my to read list but I never quite got around to reading. Simon Prebble is an excellent reader and takes us directly into Orwell allowing us direct access to the thoughts of Winston. Was not at all what i was expecting and found parts so anguishing to listen to I had to turn it off and take a break from the intensity of his reading. Well worth a listen.

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  • Garret
  • 2017-04-06

Incredibly depressing.

Are the concepts in this book left or right leaning? To fully appreciate it, you need to let go of your political views and witness this story of unrelenting oppression. Fear that anyone should experience such a hell and think about what aspects of your own political ideals might lead us there. It's not the left or the right that will lead us to such a hell; it's the blind and credulous hatred of the other. Are you for the library of your fellow man or are you only for the party?

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Yvette Flores
  • 2009-05-08

Narration in this book is awesome!

The narrator in this book is great! The drama and expression in his voice are fantastic. I have an hour drive one way to work and one day I was so engulfed in the book that I did not realize I had driven all the way home!
This book is very well done and well worth the time. I highly recommend this to all listeners of audio books

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  • Au global
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  • Stacey
  • 2008-03-04

1984

The reading is perfect. I'm talking not only about pronunciation, which is perfect as well, but rather about the expressiveness that makes you shiver at times during the listening to this audiobook.

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  • Thanos Xenophon
  • 2017-04-02

The an eerily predicted future from the past.

Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

I don't think my mind could handle it! I spent most of my time listening to this book with my mouth agape. I literally ended each listening session shaking my head wondering how something written so long ago could be so powerful today. While I really did enjoy the book and the performance, I don't think I could handle another go though anytime in the near future.

Who was your favorite character and why?

*SPOILER* I suppose O'Brian, something seems a little more tragic about that character for me. Maybe because despite his position, I get the feeling his fate will be just as dark if not worse than Winston's because of the way the party is built, people like him only reach a point of usefulness then fall, but their fall is much more dramatic and painful.

What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I can't say... He did a fantastic job.

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

Once I started to see the world that was created I became horrified...By the end, yes, I even cried. My Roommate's reaction was even more severe. He started reading the book but stopped a quarter of the way in. He flat out told me it terrified him too much to finish, and he never stops a book till it's done! This guy thrives on Horror and surrounds himself with anything horror or terror related, and yet the real life parallels of the book terrified him.

Any additional comments?

Despite the fact that some recent reviews have been backhanded attacks about the current US administration, I think those reviews diminish the power of this book and fail to grasp what the message of this book (especially since it is an anti-Communist novella... Seriously). The book is not entirely about the politics of that world, the book is ultimately about the individual. An individual who finds himself (or herself) in a machine and realizes they allowed themselves to be in that machine. But what do you do when you realize you no longer want to be a cog in the machine? What do you do when you have surrendered everything about yourself, your life, your language, your freedoms and your society to "fit in"?

Do you continue on the path your stuck on? Or do you risk it all and say "Down with Big Brother"?

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  • Eric Monterrosa
  • 2017-03-03

It's not supposed to be a how to book!

frightening story of a man trying to find freedom of though in socialist England. What's most unsettling is the correlations you can see between his world and the world most of us live in now. A world where endless war, fear, and ignorance play a crucial role.

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