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Simon Prebble

11 Hours 24 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

January 2007

Audio Book 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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  • Carter G.

    This is a novel is on totalitarianism and its effect on the thinking mind. The text serves not so much as a prediction of the year 1984, but rather as an artful attempt to prevent a world in which 2+2=5. Facts to many are taken for granted. But in a totalitarian society facts are constantly in flux, always contradicting individual common sense, and always in the possession of the State. This novel explores the philosophical, psychological, and emotional destruction such a State can have on its subjects. Orwell uses prose that cuts to the point and is quick to produce vivid pictures without the need of superfluous, unnecessary language. His understanding of the USSR and Nazi Germany of his time as a journalist and soldier give him the intellectual and emotional authority to depict the world of 1984.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • George R.

    I love the details and choices of words. The details that don't have anything to do with the plot, but make it more colorful, although they are very dark colors. Creepy. And that ending--you knew it was going to happen but you didn't think it really would.

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  • 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.

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  • Georgia S.

    Interesting plot but really confusing at points

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  • Phillip M.

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

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • 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.

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  • Paul Simpson

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

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