1984

George Orwell

Simon Prebble (Narrator)

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01-01-07

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Unabridged

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Fiction/Classics

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“The most important speculative novel of the twentieth century.” New York Times

A London Times Pick at #8 of the 50 Best Novels of the Last 100 Years 
One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
A New York Public Library Staff Pick of Favorite Books of the Last 125 Years
A New York Public Library Staff Pick of the 10 Most Borrowed Books in Its History
A Washington Post Pick of Novels That Changed the Way We Live
An Oprah’s Book Club Selection of Dystopian Novels Everyone Should Read
An Audie Award Finalist 
A BookRiot Pick of the Best Kindle Unlimited Audiobooks of 2018
A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today bestseller
An Audible.com Bestseller
An Amazon.com Bestseller
An iBooks bestseller
See All +

Blackstone Publishing presents a new recording of this immensely popular book.

One of the most celebrated classics of the twentieth century, Orwell’s cautionary tale of a man trapped under the gaze of an authoritarian state feels more relevant now than ever before.

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.

Praise

“The most important speculative novel of the twentieth century.” New York Times

“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.” AudioFile

“A profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book…Orwell’s theory of power is developed brilliantly.” New Yorker

“[A] chilling portrayal of the dangers of a post-truth surveillance state.” O, The Oprah Magazine

“Orwell’s novel escorts us so quietly, so directly, and so dramatically from our own day to the fate which may be ours in the future, that the experience is a blood-chilling one.” Saturday Review

“1984 is a remarkable book; as a virtuoso literary performance it has a sustained brilliance that has rarely been matched in other works of its genre…It is as timely as the label on a poison bottle.” New York Herald Tribune

“1984 is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real…It ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.” Amazon.com

“Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.” BookRiot

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Language English
Release Day Dec 31, 2006
Release Date January 1, 2007
Release Date Machine 1167609600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Political, Dystopian, Most Popular, Literature & Fiction, Most Popular, Literature & Fiction, Classics, Evergreen Classics, Evergreen Classics, Classics, Fiction - All, Fiction - Adult
Author Bio
George Orwell

George Orwell (1903–1950), the pen name of Eric Arthur Blaire, was an English novelist, poet, essayist, journalist, and literary critic. He is best known for his works of social criticism and opposition to totalitarianism. He also wrote nonfiction about his experiences in the working class and as a solder. His work remains influential in popular culture and in political culture, and the adjective “Orwellian,"describing totalitarian and authoritarian social practices, has become part of the English language. In 2008, the London Times named him the second-greatest British writer since 1945.

Narrator Bio
Simon Prebble

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.

Overview

A London Times Pick at #8 of the 50 Best Novels of the Last 100 Years 
One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
A New York Public Library Staff Pick of Favorite Books of the Last 125 Years
A New York Public Library Staff Pick of the 10 Most Borrowed Books in Its History
A Washington Post Pick of Novels That Changed the Way We Live
An Oprah’s Book Club Selection of Dystopian Novels Everyone Should Read
An Audie Award Finalist 
A BookRiot Pick of the Best Kindle Unlimited Audiobooks of 2018
A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today bestseller
An Audible.com Bestseller
An Amazon.com Bestseller
An iBooks bestseller
See All +

Blackstone Publishing presents a new recording of this immensely popular book.

One of the most celebrated classics of the twentieth century, Orwell’s cautionary tale of a man trapped under the gaze of an authoritarian state feels more relevant now than ever before.

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.

Reviews

  1. Greate Book
    Story
    100%
    Narration
    100%
    Overall Performance
    100%
    Very distrubing depiction of a world where the end goal is power. What's scary about this book is how this does not feel unrelistic. Really greate read. It's a classic for a reason. Also the narration is excellent.

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