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George Orwell’s 1984

Written by: George Orwell, Joe White - adaptation
Narrated by: Andrew Garfield, Cynthia Erivo, Andrew Scott, Tom Hardy, Chukwudi Iwuji, Romesh Ranganathan, Natasia Demetriou, Francesca Mills, Alex Lawther, Katie Leung
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Who controls the past, controls the future.

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About the Writer

Joe White is an Olivier-nominated writer of stage, screen, and audio. He is the writer of the hit West End musical The Little Big Things and award-winning plays Blackout Songs (Olivier Nomination) and Mayfly (winner of Off West End Most Promising Playwright). For Audible, his eight-part eco-thriller The Nox (starring Lashana Lynch) was nominated for Best Drama at the ARIA Awards. Previously, Joe was a member of BBC Pilot, The Old Vic 12, and the Royal Court Studio group, and was a recipient of the Channel 4 Playwriting Award and The JB Priestley Award for writers of promise.

About the Director

Destiny Ekaragha is a UK-based director who was named BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2014. Her award-winning feature comedy Gone Too Far! premiered at London Film Festival and played at TIFF. Destiny directed Danny and the Human Zoo, written by the acclaimed comedian Lenny Henry for Red Productions/BBC One. She has directed primetime UK television such as Silent Witness, international drama including Riviera, the second half of the BAFTA-winning season 2 of The End of the F**Ing World* for Netflix, and most recently, the Golden Globe nominees Ted Lasso and Fellow Travellers.

About the Composer

Matthew Bellamy is the singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band Muse. The band has released nine studio albums, selling over 30 million albums worldwide. Widely recognized as one of the best live bands in the world, Muse has won numerous music awards, including two Grammys, an American Music Award, five MTV Europe Music Awards, two Brit Awards, eleven NME Awards, and seven Q Awards, amongst others.
In addition to his work with Muse, Matt’s composer/performer work includes “Pray (High Valyrian)” for the Game of Thrones compilation album For the Throne, the opening title for the movie World War Z, and the end title for The International.

About the Composer

Ilan Eshkeri is one of the most diverse and innovative composers in Britain today. His music traverses various genres and mediums with a focus on emotional narrative.
Eshkeri is known for films such as Layer Cake, Stardust, The Young Victoria, and *Still Alice, his innovative work with actor/director Ralph Fiennes, and his music for David Attenborough documentaries. He has also worked with artists such as Coldplay, KT Tunstall, Take That, Annie Lennox, and David Gilmour.
On stage, Eshkeri has created ballets, fashion shows, and concerts. His most recent show is with NASA and ESA: Space Station Earth, a synth-pop orchestral and visual experience which takes the audience on the extraordinary emotional journey of an astronaut.
Eshkeri is dyslexic and synaesthetic; colors, music, and patterns merge in his mind, allowing him to imagine unconventional methods of approaching music, which gives rise to his distinct, innovative style blended with a profound emotional connection to human stories and leaves an indelible mark on the world of music.

Andrew Garfield

as Winston

Cynthia Erivo

as Julia

Andrew Scott

as O'Brien

Tom Hardy

as Big Brother

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performances were amazing!

while the performances were excellent and pulled me in I didn't really find the story lived up to the hype.

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the result of a totalitarian system. when overcome society

enjoyed this one, good storyline. We don't let fear and power overcome us. Good read every time.

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Phenomenal (DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER!!!)

This was my first introduction to the “1984” story and it blew my socks off!!
The voice acting was incredible, and the sound effects were so immersive! I was hanging on every word.
Amazing

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Excellent.

The only issue was the lead actor sounds too youngfor the character. Timeless and timely.

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wow

fenomenal listen, more books like this and getting an audible subscription is a no brainer

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Big Brother watches...

I won't say too much about 1984, only that I truly believe it was the only thing in my life to make me cry of fear.

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Incredible

Andrew Garfield was absolutely amazing in this. The music really heightened the tension. It just flew by.

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Brilliant and scary how relevant it still is today

The cast is incredible and the score creates a disturbing sense of tension that I find personally adds to the experience. I love the book. So i am very partial to the story. But I am blown away by the level of quality of the production. Very inmmersive. Can't recommend enough.

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Amazing for first time listeners to 1984

Always planned to listen to the original, but after 2h I wasn't sucked in, this adaptation was extremely enjoyable to listen for someone who had not finished the original. Dolby atmos was amazing when listening on headphones.

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Brilliant all around

voice acting absolutely brilliant and perfectly cast, each actor did a phenomenal job truly driving home the emotions of every scene, and one of the best musical sound tracks I've ever heard.

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