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'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'  

Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. 

Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. 

In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow worker, Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Disturbing Listen and Lesson

Peter Capaldi reads Orwell's intense and harrowing novel so well, and with so much passion, feeling and intelligence, that the listening often becomes unbearable and one needs a break from the relentless darkness, pain and horror, especially in Part Three. Orwell is a superb writer, which is why this is a very powerful and worthwhile read/listen, even if his vision and ideas are at times so extreme and monochrome as to become unbelievable and almost tedious.

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Excellent narration, downbeat and miserable, just as it should be!
Finally got round to this, perhaps of its time in it's telling but scarily close to things happening today, but perhaps a bit too 'conspiracy theory' for me.

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must read as well as listen

excellent story,do apt for today's climate,makes you think .For my first classic story book am so pleased I picked this.