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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Summary

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover each act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party.

Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101....

Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime. Christopher Eccleston, Tim Pigott-Smith and Pippa Nixon star in this new drama, part of BBC Radio 4's The Real George Orwell season - a Radio 4 journey that explores the disjuncture between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell.

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Not the book.

I am sure had I looked harder before downloading I would have realised this is not the book but a dramatisation. The length of just under 2 hours should have given it away. Nonetheless it proved a good listen whilst mowing the lawn!


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1984 Revisited

I first read 1984 as a young man at school and found a chilling and frightening portent of one man's fight against authority and the Government. Having lived through 1984 and seen how close George Orwell was his with his vision of a post-war Britain and world conflicts, it was sobering to see how life and personal attitudes have developed in modern society reflecting the book. A scary re-read.

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Very 'thought' provoking

I loved this dramatisation...kept me on the edge of my seat...fantastic performances. Have been meaning to read the book for years but as a result of this audio drama, I'll now be ordering the book. Highly recommend 😃

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Exciting!

Full of drama, suspense and dark happenings. A good adaption of a popular novel. Worth a listen!

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enthralling

This story is truly terrifying when read in audio form. Actors were fantastic. It’s really haunting.

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1984.

I thought it funny in places, and chilling in others. An idea of how life and the state could be. North Korea and China are the only countries I can initially think of that resemble the book. Control and freedom go hand in hand. Total control and you have a totalitarian state. Total freedom and you have an anarchic state. Balancing control and freedoms is what good governance is about. Paradoxically, I think Brave New World deals more with freedoms than 1984 stance on control. 1984 introduces elements of control we see today. A thought provoking dramatization of the book, and I recommend it.!

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Just got the date wrong

A great adaptation. As gar as the actual story, we’re starting to live it now. More of a prophecy than a story. The way this world now is, give it a few more years sadly...

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Enjoyable but dark

This BBC drama is well acted. The cast fit their roles. The story is very thought provoking.

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How this reflects the current times we live in

A wonderfully dramatised BBC production. I will listen to this again and again. Definitely a classic that sums up the times we live in.

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Poor audio quality

Unfortunately I spent the whole two hours constanty adjusting the volume and bass on this recording. The sound effects drown the script, which is mostly too loud and distorted or too quiet and muffled. Shame , because I think that the dramatisation itself was probably good. I am a sound engineer, so I am aware how to adjust the levels. I still couldn't understand it. Waste of a credit.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-04-18

it is not the audio book I was surprised by that

I thought it is the audio book for 1984 but later I was shocked. I wish I can return it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-19

Wish I could give 0 stars

I wish I could give 0 stars. It claims to be an audiobook, but I know for a fact it has well over 2 chapters in it. If you are going to sell it as an audio book then Mark it that is only the first 2 chapters and nothing more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-19

Awful

Is not an audiobook and you don’t have the compete chapters. It’s more a theatrical representation of the first two chapter

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  • Rayisa
  • 26-04-19

Too abridged, not worth it.

The acting was good and the background sound effects were great. They just cut out too much for my taste. 3/4 of the book went into the memory hole.

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  • Joan
  • 19-07-19

couldn't understand a lot of the accents

accents are fine if you're a Brit I guess. story is extremely abbreviated, misses a lot of the detail of the book. didn't really care for it. three stars is generous.

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  • João Paulo
  • 30-12-19

Good, but I prefer books read instead of dramatizd

The story and performance are both good. But I think I'd prefer to listen to the book read, not performed. I chose the dramatization because I didn't find the book simply read.

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  • Ludmila Coelho
  • 23-04-14

IT IS DRAMATIZED

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Would you ever listen to anything by George Orwell again?

Yes.... only not dramatized

Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Pigott-Smith’s performances?

NOT

Any additional comments?

PLEASE YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT EXPLICIT THAT IT IS A DRAMATIZED BOOK =(

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  • Cabin Cowboy
  • 02-05-20

not my bag of oats

Read this book many years ago, but didn't remember much about the book, now I know why.

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  • Tony
  • 01-07-18

Not a fan

i did not like this rendition of the book. it did not hook me in.

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  • Stephanie P.
  • 19-06-18

Great Read!

Time was classic with great performances and narration. I highly recommend this book in all forms.