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Nineteen Eighty-Four Audiobook

Nineteen Eighty-Four

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George Orwell's nightmare vision of a dystopian world has become more apt in these modern, chaotic times. Casting a pall of oppressive dread from the very first sentence, this classic audiobook takes hold of your imagination and stays with you long after the last four words are uttered.

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

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    Cherry 18/02/2016
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    "Great stuff.."

    Andrew Wincott's well spoken yet haunting tone, richly captures Winston's story and elevates it to sound realistic, truthful and emotional in a world where 'reality', 'truth' and 'emotion' do not exist. Of course Orwell's writing is incredible and prophetic, all of this praise goes without saying. However, if you love this, then Down and Out in Paris and London is fantastic, and I would highly recommend it! I've read all of Orwell's works, but I've decided to go through the audio books while studying him again at uni to spice it up a bit, and the theatricality and voice acting really brings something new to each story! Homage to Catalonia next for me!
    (One thing I will say was that Wincott's voice was quite slow, so I did speed it up to 1.5)

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Ano nymous 01/12/2015
    Ano nymous 01/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply Brilliant."
    What did you like most about Nineteen Eighty-Four?

    This book is shockingly relevant, it resonates so strongly in the modern day. The poignancy of the story and the incredible way it is written makes it a must read for everyone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nineteen Eighty-Four?

    The description of the Prole women fighting over the pots in the city, Winston believes the sound to be the sound of some kind of uprising only to find that it is simply the women fighting over cheap pots, this just struck me as horribly pertinent after the incidents of 'Black Friday. '


    Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favourite?

    Possibly Obrien is my favourite character, its his harsh personality that really brings the strength to this novel in terms of its authenticity. He makes no attempt to glamourise the rebels enterprise, instead he reflects the frank truth of the matter that in order to effect any change they will have to be brutal and its not going to be easy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was gripped all the way through this book, it was long and so I couldn't listen to it all at once- but I sure wanted to!


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jonny D 01/04/2016
    Jonny D 01/04/2016

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    "A Prophetic look at modern 'Politics of Fear'..."
    If you could sum up Nineteen Eighty-Four in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!


    What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

    Very well read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book everyone should read. It is almost impossible to imagine that it was written in the 1940's, as it is so amazingly accurate in relation to the kind of world we now live in, with the intrusive surveillance, the invasion of privacy, the never ending wars and the constant barrage of self-serving propaganda we are subjected to by our respective Governments. I read this book as a teenager and then listened to it again 30 years later as an audio book. It was only upon the second reading that I truly appreciated its true brilliance. It is one of the most spellbinding books I've ever read, Orwell was undoubtedly a genius and a prophet. If you look around, you can see all that he foretold...and more.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Draycass Portsmouth 28/01/2016
    Draycass Portsmouth 28/01/2016 Member Since 2017

    Sports Geek and Gamer Girl!

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    "Big Brother is watching you!"
    If you could sum up Nineteen Eighty-Four in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, Though invoking


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is only one favorite - Winston. Resolute despite adversity. I won't spoil what happens by adding my final thoughts on dear old Winston!


    What does Andrew Wincott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His vocal quality is perfect for this book! It suits the style and atmosphere of the book. Dark, mysterious and moody.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Big Brother is ALWAYS watching you!


    Any additional comments?

    1984 is a thought provoking look at what could be. The date may be long gone, but don't be fooled into thinking that George Orwell's prediction of what might be is long gone! This book has a whole new meaning in light of the Edward Snowden revelations on Mass Surveillance.
    The characters are well written and fit perfectly into a descriptive and sterile world.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Texnik 21/08/2016
    Texnik 21/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I expected; excruciatingly tedious"

    It took some courage to write a negative review to something as influential and well-received as this. I wish I'd never bought this audiobook and I wish I'd been sensible enough to return it after a couple of hours. But I wasn't. Without exaggerating, it is the worst book I read by far. I forced myself to finish it out of stubbornness.

    I won't spoil anything. I know most people reading this will still want to buy it and will probably enjoy it to some extent.

    The book illustrates how much our understanding of the world has changed in the last 70 years. This is its Achilles heel in my opinion.


    1. Plot.
    After an hour you will wonder if the pace will ever pick up. Towards the end, which is the meat of the book, it will a bit. Don't buy the audiobook for the story, because the events themselves are very mundane. It's a philosophical book and the story is merely the delivery mechanism. The plot on its own is boring at best.

    2. Characters.
    The story is told, viewed and analysed from the perspective of a semi-intelligent, ethically fragile upper middle-classman who is slightly dissatisfied with the way the world works. His reasoning is not explained, but you will sympathise with him because the world is truly atrocious. That was the intent. The characters will take unnecessary risks and they will often be lucky. This last part makes the story a bit more engaging, but not by a lot. Their actions have no depth and I wouldn't seek their company.

    3. The world.
    To me, this was the only interesting thing about the book. The world was created in the 1940s. If you expect it to be outdated, you will be right. The underlying ideas about psychology, economics and metaphysics are different from what we think we know today. With that in mind, I found the world to be worth thinking about. It's impossible, but solid if you treat it as fantasy. It's the curse of old science fiction.

    4. The philosophy and message.
    If the world was the best aspect of the book, its interpretation and conclusions had to be the worst. Sadly, this was the main goal of the book. Nearly every other aspect of the story was sacrificed to give way to a philosophical debate. When the debate finally happened, it was underwhelming. (and it took its time) Like I mentioned earlier, the main character is not intelligent or analytical, but he thinks he is. *He* is the person guiding the analysis, not the reader. It's his questions that get answered and it's his insecurities that shape the conclusions. At the end of it all, if you've ever spent time thinking about such topics, you'll find that your questions weren't answered. What you will do after finishing the book is spend some time analysing it. If you spend enough time doing this, you'll realise that the book's entire theory falls apart at the seams. Outdated assumptions are brushed under the rug. I'm always OK with an inconsistent story, but it shouldn't also encourage me to analyse it. Once I realised that the 1984 world was impossible in our current era, I felt a bit betrayed. My biggest expectation was to learn something from it. I learned how much has changed in the last few decades.

    5. Themes.
    Mass surveillance, passion, commitment, linguistics, routine, the sense of purpose, revolution, psychology, torture and oppression.


    TL;DR.
    Buy it if the topic interests you. If you don't find it engaging after 2-4 hours, do yourself a favour and return it. The pacing will not improve and there are good enough summaries out there. It was good 60 years ago, but the world has moved on. Our current issues with privacy are very different from how they were presented in the book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Badham 19/01/2016
    Matthew Badham 19/01/2016

    Never read books when I was younger, found out this year how much I've been missing out.

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    "A must read (or listen)"

    Despite its age, the story is still very relevant today, you can easily relate some of the thoughts in this book with modern day social and political conflicts. I think that it is a book everyone should either read or listen to at some point in their life, it has clearly inspired so many stories and worlds since it was written. The performance was also good, read clearly with an interesting voice that goes well with the dystopian world of 1984 and distinctive voices for all characters.

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    Wras 16/04/2016
    Wras 16/04/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "The object of terrorism is terrorism."

    "The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    I had not read this book for years but it has been calling me to refresh it in my mind or test it against the reality of the future that never was but that almost is, a book that terrified me when I was young but informed me, inoculated me against accepting the belief that the ends justify the means, that power speaks for me, a book that taught me that the extremes are but reflections of of the desire to control to diminish the individual the singularity of thought or its possibility.

    “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    If you have not read this book you are missing one of the most influential pieces of modern political thought and the joy of discovering a book that has influenced the english language itself with its existence.
    A way of understanding the value of freedom, of defending the right of people to think and express their thoughts even when they insult one's beliefs; a parameter to distinguish what is totalitarian and an affront to the individual and its rights to express them in his or her life down to the most basic human acts like loving in freedom, without culture, religion or party regulating every aspect of your existence.

    “Does Big Brother exist?"
    "Of course he exists. The Party exists. Big Brother is the embodiment of the Party."
    "Does he exist in the same way as I exist?"
    "You do not exist.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    If you have read it early in your life see how much your life has changed your perspective and how many tricks your memory has played with you. One thing is certain it will not disappoint you in any way.

    “Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn't matter; only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you-that would be the real betrayal.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    “But you could not have pure love or pure lust nowadays. No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred. Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    Andrew Wincott is a fantastic reader whose voice resembles Richard Burton adding a frisson to the reading especially when he impersonates O'Brien.

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    Michael 11/11/2016
    Michael 11/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "feel like i arrived a bit late the the party"

    surprising amount of parrallels with the current world, guess that pendulum is coming back around. narrator is brilliant and adds an extra layer to the story

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mette 28/07/2016
    Mette 28/07/2016 Member Since 2014

    I love listening to Audible books while doing my workouts in the gym. Have got through more books than I thought possible this way.

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    "Still very relevant"

    every school child should read this and take note as our freedom is being taken away more and more.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Petrit 02/01/2017
    Petrit 02/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Very relevant in the times we face currently!"

    With all the political events recently around the world wanted to revisit this absolutely fantastic book and seemingly very relevant in light of what we are facing. For those that have not read the book I would recommend reading it rather than the audible version.

    Definitely recommended reading for everyone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    22/04/17
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    "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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  • Andrei G
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    "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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  • Solaia Bladesong
    01/01/17
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    "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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  • Brian Rygaard Jensen
    Lundby, Denmark
    05/07/16
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    "Why did I not read this earlier"
    What made the experience of listening to Nineteen Eighty-Four the most enjoyable?

    The story is just captivating. Decided to pick it up because it is a classic, and I have never read it, and how I regret that.

    The story will change, i think, based on your own perception of your life. It is a story that is just complete, and well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Winston Smith. The way he rebels knowing he will (probably) get caught, but not realising the extend of cruelty the system is based on.

    He works with great enthusiasm in rewriting history, and yet does all he can to resist the impact wanted by the rewriting.


    Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favorite?

    O'Brien. He does all the characters really well, but here he really nails it. The fatherly old, evil, man who really believes all his ramblings and believes doublespeak. The dialogue about levitation is incredible, and if you are new to the story look forward to this.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The last reaction of Winston Smith moved me deeply.


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