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War Is Peace! Freedom Is Slavery! Ignorance Is Strength! Big Brother is watching and listening. Yep, we’re talking propaganda, the fabrication of “truth”, the outlawing of dissent, the distortion of reality, endless war… and of course, thought crime. No we’re not talking about the goings on on 2011, were talking about the 1949 NBC University Theater’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. This production originally aired on August 27, 1949, but is available today for your listening enjoyment. This is the very first adaptation of 1984 and it stars David Niven!

©1977 Sonia Brownell Orwell (P)2011 ABN

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  • Lucazest
  • Rezzato (Brescia), Italy
  • 03-11-11

Horrible audio for a great classic

The audio quality is really awful.
If you' ve got good ears, noise and distorsion proof, this is for you!

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A classic look at society

What did you like most about 1984 (Dramatized)?

One of the best books to read

What other book might you compare 1984 (Dramatized) to, and why?

A brave new world by Aldus Huxley

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All

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

Anger

Any additional comments?

A must read for the free thinker

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1984

This book has always been on my list of books to read but never got around to it. We were supposed to read it at school but I never did. I actually bought a copy in 1984 to read but never did. This dramatised version was fun to listen to and I have listened to it many times already. Audio books are a great way of getting those must reads sorted - while ironing, walking the dog, waiting around for trains. Love it, love it, love it and recommend it for those who want to find out the origin of Big Brother and room 101. Furthermore, David Niven's narration adds a classic tone that is a smooth, suave added bonus.

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rubbish

absolute rubbish. it's not even the whole book. they skip the majority of it. waste of time and money

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Watching you.

BB is after you for an ice cream cornet with f!lakes & nutsas well. Yah!

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nice piece of classic radio

I actually look out for radio dramas. Good structure to the story. With all old radio performances the quality of the audio will sometimes be an issue so you have to judge with this in mind. On the whole very good. there were only a couple of spoken parts where you had to either strain to hear what was said or increase the volume. So overall pleased with the performance.

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  • Kieran
  • 28-05-11

Worth the buy, but get the unabridged book.

If you've never read the book this is a good taste of what's to come. The story really gets you thinking and it's well worth the buy. I'd still settle for the book though.

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  • DV
  • 13-12-11

Love it

Very well done. I liked the drama that goes along with it. It was like listening to classic radio theater. Great story as well. I will be getting the full audio book soon.

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  • Matthew A. Nowik
  • 28-06-18

Not great recording quality.

Great story. Great acting. Not great audio quality. Not enough to warrant not checking it out but it does get a bit annoying.

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  • Spencer
  • 27-07-18

Great Performance & Adaptation, Poor Audio Quality

This is an excellent and well performed radio adaptation of a classic work. It's much shorter than the original, but it manages to convey the same storyline and key ideas. Beyond that, it's highly entertaining.

Unfortunately the audio quality is low, and there is at times too much background music and sound effects. Never the less, I'd recommend this recording as a time capsule of what the book meant when published.

This story is about far more than the United States or the Soviet Union. It speaks to the human condition and the nature of power. This story is psychological and political. Most of all it is both timely and timeless.

All hail Big Brother!

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  • Smusic F. Reader
  • 09-06-18

Very entertaining!

Love the audio on this. The plot is very close to being real to this day and age. Big Bother IS Watching.

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  • andrew
  • 17-02-18

Disappointed

Struggling to finish, love David Niven yet the Period Style was jarring to my nerves. If you like the 1930s Radio Format you may love it but I don't.

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  • Martin Barrett
  • 17-11-17

Oh so true

How did Orwell see so well where we are going as a country. The Thought Police are here

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  • Hada Pixie
  • 29-09-17

interesting format

the book was way better, longer and more in-depth, but this is a nice companion to it

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  • Steven
  • 28-09-17

This is a heavily cut radio version of the book

If you are looking for the full book 1984 look elsewhere. This is a version that was recorded for radio and as such is literally 1/11th of the run time and content. Very good if you want to get a quick summary for a book review without reading the real thing, kind of spoilertasitc if you meant to read the full one like I did.

To its credit, the performance is quite good,and the fact that it was, as far as I can tell, the original audio as you would have heard from your radio at the time, is exactly the right atmosphere for the book. Its just too bad it's such a shortened version.

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  • Peter Wexler
  • 17-08-17

Good Primer

This production provides a :45 presentation of 1984. A well considered assessment is delivered about half way through, though I disagree with classifying the story as satire. For the uninitiated, listening to this before reading the novel will be helpful for following the plot. For those having read the story decades ago, this production will serve as a good reminder.