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Publisher's Summary

1984 is a novel by the British author George Orwell in 1949. Considered a classic of dystopian fiction, the book has contributed many terms to common usage, including Big Brother, doublethink, newspeak, and thoughtcrime, while the adjective Orwellian in the context of government deception, surveillance, and misleading terminology has entered the English language. 

The narrative unfolds in an imagined future when most of the world has fallen prey to omnipresent government surveillance, propaganda, and endless war. Great Britain has become a province of the super state Oceania, which is ruled by the Party, whose leader is called Big Brother. The Party employs the Thought Police to persecute individuality and independent thinking. Winston Smith, the protagonist, is an ordinary worker who secretly despises the Party and dreams of rebellion. 

Time Magazine included the novel on its 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005, and it is placed at number 13 on the editor’s list and at number six on the reader’s list of Modern Library's 100 Best Novels.

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A warning from the past for our future

This is one of my favourite dystopian novels and very relevant today. It is a must read for anyone interested in finding out the power behind our big companies today

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A classic tale of caution

Fantastic performance and story. Despite its age, 1984 has many lessons that are relevant to today. must listen.

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Everyone should read this book

Used to be required reading in school and really should be! Everyone should read this classic. Eye opening especially with recent world events ..

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Relevant but not entertaining.

I appreciate the relevance to today's world and knowing the writer's background makes it more interesting. It is a depressing, harsh story though.

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good but bleak

it was well performed, but the story is super bleak. yet mildly prophetic at times. worth the hard listen

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a must read/listen

absolutely classic, still relevant, timeless . . you know its impact, but you really need to know the story itself
great narration, as well

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  • 2020-06-06

Best narrator

Apart from the story being hideously well written, the narrator's ability to give voices to different characters is amazing!

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  • Netanel polak
  • 2020-08-10

Extremely relevant to the politics of today

All people should learn this book, how dangerous totalitarian policies are and how they arnt far from today's leftwing policies. Extremely relevant.
audiobook well narrated!

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  • Basem Aggad
  • 2021-06-18

as dreadful and magnificent as one's expects

many are acquainted with plethora of 1984/orwell references; but listening to the book gives those references and many more far deeper and chilling impact when one hears them or use them again. Nicely laid out story and amazing details that brings the characters into -relatable- life..

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  • Nalin
  • 2021-05-23

Narration voice is too monotone

I appreciate that the performer tries to use a less emotional voice to help create a sense of the world of the Big Brother... but to have the same monotonous narration for the whole book is a tad too boring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-19

Story is so real life today in 21st century!

The writing and story are timelessly brilliant. Narrator was okay except for the Dick van Dyck style of English accents, made it painful.

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  • Ori Bashary
  • 2021-01-07

A Real depressing dystopia

Sad to realize that each and every one of us is holding a device that acts very much like a telescreen...

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  • Jorge
  • 2021-01-03

Timeless story. Excellent narration.

Extraordinary audiobook, the narrator creates a vivid atmosphere that brings to live the Orwell's classic

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-24

Stellar performance of beloved timeless classic!

Adriel Brandt brings this classic to life with his silky, intimate and highly emotive narration coupled with his obvious acting abilities and spot on character portrayal all add up to one of my all time favorite listens easily. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-07

To the narrator..

The book is obviously an absolute classic. The narration was absolutely perfect and really managed to capture the grim tone of the book, what a great listening experience!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-02

Very long pauses between each sentence.

Very long pauses between each sentence. Increasing reading speed does not help this. Gave up listening unfortunately.

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  • Quansah Nyamekye
  • 2021-04-13

excellent experience

loved it. the reader's voice fits the book's undertones of hopelessness, but also the different characters' state of mind.