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11 Hours 24 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

January 2007

Audio Book Summary

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. It is a prophetic and haunting tale that exposes the worst crimes imaginable: the destruction of freedom and truth.

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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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  • Vance M.

    Well presented

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  • Brandy D.

    Loved it! The narrator was pleasant and the story kept my attention. This book is so timeless and just as eye opening now as it would have been when it was first published!

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  • Delina P.

    this book was great. I'm never going to trust anybody again thanks

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  • Nicole R.

    I enjoyed Animal Farm more than this one, but a fascinating listen diving into political, psychological, and emotional darkness. An important read to get one thinking on ideas of government, control, and the value of human life and community. Great narrator!

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  • Donna I.

    I don’t know why I waited so long to read this book, but it’s now more relevant than ever. What if Orwell wrote this after learning about the internet? How much more intrusive could his government be?

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  • Donna P.

    Excellent audiobook we listened to during our trip out west. Scary resemblance of this dystopian world and current events. Must listen to this prescient novel far ahead of his time.

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  • Archie Worsham

    Book was a great read. With today's technology this book is thought provoking. How large do we want government?

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