· Blackstone Audio Inc. · Narrated by Simon Prebble
222 reviews
11 hr 23 min
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Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this immensely 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. He knows even as he continues to pursue his forbidden love affair that eventually he will come to destruction. 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.

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222 reviews
April 25, 2021
snitch dweeb george orwell writes about the stuff he did as colonial administrator in burma but projects it as stalin, causing the worst bootlickers you encounter to cry about everything from basic public health and safety procedures to racist tirades nonsensically critical of the self determination of foreign governments. this book has been a disaster for the human race and brain poison for white western chauvanists.
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John Kent
August 27, 2018
One of, if not the, greatest works of literature of the 20th century. In the simplest of terms, 1984 is the cautionary tale of a ruling party who is able to control thought by controlling information. In this world, what the party says is the truth, even when it contradicts reality and itself. War is peace, truth is lies, freedom is slavery, and sanity is insanity. This classic is especially relevant in a world where the President of the United States habitually and blatantly lies and contradicts directly observable reality. Reality and Truth are worth fighting for and should be saved before it's too late.
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Bryce Newbury
March 16, 2019
Great narrator, engaging story, but terrible audio quality. The narrator was spot-on with his slow methodical recounting of events, sometimes startiling with a quick switch to a powerful emotion, and others slowly building for a tense moment. The story does get quite dark at times, so being an audiobook where abuse is regularly shouted at "you", I don't recommend listing if you are in an unhappy place in your personal life.
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About the author

George Orwell (1903–1950), the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, was an English novelist, essayist, and critic. He was born in India and educated at Eton. After service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living by writing and became notable for his simplicity of style and his journalistic or documentary approach to fiction.

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile's Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.

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