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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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  • keith
  • bracknell, United Kingdom
  • 08-04-13

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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  • Saul
  • Manchester UK
  • 25-03-16

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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  • Paul
  • Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
  • 19-08-13

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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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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Exciting!

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

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More BBC goodness

This was a fantastic production to listen to. Great casting, pace and story. This has really brought the subject matter off the page and burned into my mind. Well worth purchasing.

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  • mrs
  • BRIGHTON, United Kingdom
  • 29-04-13

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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  • Ludmila
  • 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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  • 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.

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  • John
  • 28-12-17

I loved it

Wonderful dramatization of a classic book. It really brought the story to life in ways I haven’t heard or seen before. I’d highly recommend it to everyone.

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  • Mari Lovo
  • 11-02-17

Perfect for the current times

It's time to study up on stories of the past. It is our present and the first time we heard of "alternative facts".

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  • Lynia
  • 19-08-16

Terrifying and Heartbreaking

I love Christopher's voice! he's supper talented.
what a chilling, well told tale full of vivid imagery.

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  • reuben
  • 13-06-15

Love the story

I know a lot of people don't like the dramatisation of it.
But the story was so good, for a first time reader, that it had me entranced to the end. "What is two plus two?" Haha love it.

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  • Mira
  • 06-01-15

Ok story and performance.

For a dramatized piece, the iDisk issues arose - sound was hard to hear in some areas.
It was ok however I think the story is a little too unrealistic - other big brother stories are a bit better, but as a classic, worth the listen.

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  • Marie
  • 24-09-13

What is Going on?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If I could follow the story...

Has Nineteen Eighty-Four turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I like the story just not this dramatized version of it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The voices were hard to follow and I never knew where they were.

What character would you cut from Nineteen Eighty-Four?

None.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful