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1984

Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"I read it again, and again...right up there among my favourite books." (Margaret Atwood, Guardian)
"My favourite book is 1984... More relevant to today than almost any other book that you can think of." (Jo Brand)
"His final masterpiece...enthralling and indispensable for understanding modern history." (New York Review of Books)

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excellent narration.

the narrator was excellent I'm surprised I've not heard more from this guy. I'd like to hear him with Naresh some sci-fi

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Outstanding!

A superb book superbly read. Looking forward to another Orwell book hopefully read by the same narrator.

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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.

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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!

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Brilliant and timeless. Insightful, intelligent.

The author had an deep understanding of human nature and seemed to be familiar with concepts and technologies that were in their infancy. He put Leonardo Da Vinci's helicopter in the shade.

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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.

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Timeless classic reflects today's politics.

The current restrictions on speech and orthodoxy across the West make this the perfect time to read this book.

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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)

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Easy to see why this is a timeless classic

The narrator brings the characters alive and keeps you listening all the way to the end.

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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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  • nulli
  • 22-04-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-18

Wincott does an exceptional work.

Must read book and should be there in your library always. It certainly is a classic. What makes it more special his wincott's narration. You can literally experience the fear of the author. The book is timeless because how Orwell predicted it in 1949 and the same can be seen happening now. State surveillance.

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  • Abhinav Goel
  • 18-06-17

Great book

What made the experience of listening to Nineteen Eighty-Four the most enjoyable?

I felt I was with the narrator. Experiencing the pain and horror. Experiencing the thought process. I enjoyed how different the story of this book is.

What other book might you compare Nineteen Eighty-Four to and why?

None so far. This book is pretty unique.

Any additional comments?

I had a great experience reading this.

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  • Joao Taborda
  • 22-05-20

Disturbing Dystopia

This is a disturbing dystopia that could happen with the old regimens that have been installed in the post-WWII. It's an example of totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and repressive regimentation of all persons and behaviors within society. The prison part was especially hard as one suffers side by side with Winston.

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  • Kelly Broomhall
  • 15-05-20

Fantastically Terrifying

Now this is a scary book. It's brilliant but it isn't going to leave you feeling anything but awful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-20

Excelletlnt!

Excellent book with great narrator! I just loved it. My honest recommendations for all future readers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-20

Megamidas

Brilliantly written book (no surprises here), and wonderfully narrated. An absolute joy to consume. Thanks.

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  • Vanessa Tesorone
  • 07-03-20

Very interesting!

First of all, I loved the narrator! It was the perfect dark raspy voice for a story like this.

I’m so glad I finally listened to it as I’ve always wondered what 1984 was like. It didn’t disappoint, and although it was a bit slow at times the intensity always picked up again.

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  • Petter Meyer
  • 19-02-20

Understanding dogmatic regimes

How do you secure totalitarian regimes immortality? This book tells you how. Use it as a tutorial, a warning or as a fun read. Highly recommended!

On the serious note. Remember; loosing freedom is never a generation away.

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  • mike
  • 27-01-20

Animated performance

This is the most textured and engaging audiobook reading I’ve ever heard. The narrator is incredible. Breathes life and voice into both the characters and narrative. If 1984 has been on your bucket, pull the trigger. This reading will ensure you tick it off within a week.