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Big Brother is watching you....

1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair. As he writes the words ‘DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER’, his personal rebellion begins....

George Orwell’s masterpiece is the definitive dystopian novel and one of the most influential works of the twentieth century.

©1949 George Orwell (P)2015 Canongate Books Ltd

Critiques

"I read it again, and again...right up there among my favourite books." (Margaret Atwood, Guardian)
"My favourite book is 1984... More relevant to today than almost any other book that you can think of." (Jo Brand)
"His final masterpiece...enthralling and indispensable for understanding modern history." (New York Review of Books)

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Terrifyingly premonitory

A vivid narration of a world so dark it couldn't exist, or could it? Who controls the present, controls the past...

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  • nulli
  • 22/04/2017

Brilliant classic.

A timeless classic that's very relevant for our current era of new speak and the like. Faultless narration.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 25/05/2018

Wincott does an exceptional work.

Must read book and should be there in your library always. It certainly is a classic. What makes it more special his wincott's narration. You can literally experience the fear of the author. The book is timeless because how Orwell predicted it in 1949 and the same can be seen happening now. State surveillance.

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  • Abhinav Goel
  • 18/06/2017

Great book

What made the experience of listening to Nineteen Eighty-Four the most enjoyable?

I felt I was with the narrator. Experiencing the pain and horror. Experiencing the thought process. I enjoyed how different the story of this book is.

What other book might you compare Nineteen Eighty-Four to and why?

None so far. This book is pretty unique.

Any additional comments?

I had a great experience reading this.

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  • 23/06/2018

Dystopian Future. Or maybe present.

Loved it. Set me thinking on how important language is to us. No just for communication but also for cultural understanding. Narration is exceptional. State sponsored espionage and what it can do to people. Juxtaposing it with current times paints a scary picture. George Orwell is a genius. And a visionary. Classic.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 12/06/2018

Great book.

I came to read 1984 because of my interest in classics and the great literature of the past. While the book progresses, it becomes more and more apparent, why this is considered a classic. It deals with issues that are still relevant in society. Issues like censorship, surveillance, big government, infringements on private life and freedom of speech. It's a treat and if you haven't already read it, you definitely should.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 29/05/2018

A masterpiece

An amazing introduction to George Orwell; ‘1984’ was everything I’d hoped it would be and more!
Andrew Wincott’s narration is superb - I was riveted and completely immersed in this classic literary marvel.
Highly recommended.

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  • Aurimas
  • 19/05/2018

great voice. great story. very well read.

narrator was perfect. I loved every sentence he read. perfect. and the story was great as well. a bit sad, but the ending was quite different from the one I would predict at the beginning.

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  • AS
  • 30/03/2018

Thoughts provoking and intense

Starting slowly, the book builds up the tension by delevoping the idea of the "enslaved" society. Towards the end it grabs you tightly when all the unexpected things start to happen. This is where the audiobook start to shine, as the narration is really amazing and keeps the tension until he end.
Dark, grim and sad. But knowing the real historical events behind it (although one could argue the book precedes them!), this is a must read for everyone.

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  • Andrei G
  • 26/03/2017

Great book and perfect performance

I loved the whole performance and the fact that it has the appendix part with new speech. It left me speechless. I highly recommend it

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  • CJ Poffenberger
  • 01/01/2017

A cautionary tale and a great narrator

This book is a great way to avoid totalitarianism. The message is simple, don't lie and speak up when you're pushed too far. The narration is fantastic. I'll be looking for more books read by Mr. Wincott.

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  • Mettmann
  • 01/08/2017

Timeless

After having read 1984 in school many years ago, re-reading/listening it many years later gave me an entirely new feeling of understanding. I'm not sure if it's my age, my grown intellect or the changes in society that is providing me with this new perspective. All I can say is that I am convinced that this book should be required literature for simply everybody. Orwell truly understood how to write about an imagined future without relying too much on science fiction. Instead, he simply focused on the fragility of the human mind and showed the danger off overestimating one's mental strength in a system that doesn't only know about this weakness but build a society on it.

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  • Michael S. Bohl
  • 20/08/2018

Horrifying, well writen and read.

Don't listen to the end before bedtime, or you might get bad dreams.

When Winston reads the book, you can exchange war with crisis and have an frightning example of the EU's possible future.

The politicans being the inner party, being shure of it's necessaty and rightessnes, always cluging that power.
The teachers and professors as the outer party, trying to do right as it is expected for a glympse at the inner ranks.
The journalists as the youth, always listening and ready to throw you at the police for a single wrong word or movement.

Only one big difference, they have muddied the water between the prols and the enemys.
Wich of those are we suposed to be?

It reminded me about the importance of information, as long as we hang on to it as a mass, they can never get control.
I the majority of us, stop grasping for it, than they have found their prols and the rest of us will be declared the enemy.

In my quite large family, i would describe them in the following roles, if in the book:
1. Brother: Works well in the outer party, propably stops existing for uncontious thought crime.
2. Sister: Upper party, thought police. She knows how to trap young men and make themconfess inner thoughts, and is willing to do so.
3. Brother: Outer party, tortuerer, not enjoing the punishing but the control in full lust for simple power.
4/5.. Sister: Prols, never interested in politics or information of any kind that wasn't forced on them or dictated by god/big brother.
6. Brother: Outer party, easy influenced to self incriminat without knowing, propably by his wife.
7. Brother: Outer party, knowing something aint right but contioues enough to keep the head down and the mouth shut.

Myself: They would have gotten me much easier than winston, if i smelled the rotting, that is.
Equally as possible i could be an efficient outer party member.
I know what would wait in room 101 for me, i would not last as long as winston, i proppably would betray my dear mother last.

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  • wald-familie
  • 15/07/2018

engsoc - nice to know what it is

Geschichte: von allzu vielen Nationen bereits erlebt. Sprecher: musste mich selbst motivieren weiter zu hören

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  • Schweinfurt
  • 14/03/2017

Visionary

Orwell's novel has been fascinating readers ever since it was published. And the more so today, in a time when organisations like the NSA as well as Internet networks are competing with each other in gathering information about individuals, when demagogues and populists like the American president do not shy away from producing and propagating "alternative facts".

And here is an audio book that manages with a single voice to make the timeless classic come alive.

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