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
"A cautionary tale and a great narrator"
This book is a great way to avoid totalitarianism. The message is simple, don't lie and speak up when you're pushed too far. The narration is fantastic. I'll be looking for more books read by Mr. Wincott.
"Why did I not read this earlier"
The story is just captivating. Decided to pick it up because it is a classic, and I have never read it, and how I regret that.
The story will change, i think, based on your own perception of your life. It is a story that is just complete, and well written.
Winston Smith. The way he rebels knowing he will (probably) get caught, but not realising the extend of cruelty the system is based on.
He works with great enthusiasm in rewriting history, and yet does all he can to resist the impact wanted by the rewriting.
O'Brien. He does all the characters really well, but here he really nails it. The fatherly old, evil, man who really believes all his ramblings and believes doublespeak. The dialogue about levitation is incredible, and if you are new to the story look forward to this.
The last reaction of Winston Smith moved me deeply.
"A Prophetic look at modern 'Politics of Fear'..."
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
Very well read.
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.
"Superb dystopian novel thoughtfully narrated"
I had not read this book since being a student many years ago. It was well worth revisiting. Although it is a critique of totatilatarianism (both fascism and communism) it has much to say to those of us living in 21st century democracies. Have we not got "thought police" and "newspeak"? Are we not under constant surveillance. Is not Big Brother watching us? Is this intrusion always as benign as we suppose? It is also a literary masterpiece. The narration is excellent. Orwell was prophetic.
"feel like i arrived a bit late the the party"
surprising amount of parrallels with the current world, guess that pendulum is coming back around. narrator is brilliant and adds an extra layer to the story
"Disturbing and thought provoking "
I couldn't stop listening, at one point I really thought it would end well and the characters would somehow emerge victorious.
There were so many parallels between our modern society and the one depicted in the book.
If anything the book should be a warning to us all that we should never allow government to strip us of our liberties under the guise of keeping us safe or for the greater good for there's no greater good than true freedom.
"Very relevant in the times we face currently!"
With all the political events recently around the world wanted to revisit this absolutely fantastic book and seemingly very relevant in light of what we are facing. For those that have not read the book I would recommend reading it rather than the audible version.
Definitely recommended reading for everyone.
"clever, thought provoking, slow"
Essential listening, brilliantly observed, but set the speed to 1.5 . Don't miss the description of the book.
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
This book is incredibly relevant to the time we are now in, it changes every belief you have of the modern world. I will most definitely be listening again x
"Classic - say no more"
Orwell. Way ahead of his time.
Still resonates and fascinates today as an alarming protection of a future world suffocated by paranoia and partisan hysteria.
"Timeless and haunting"
Winston is tired of life and the control of Big Brother is tightening like a corset around his body and soul. The Thought Police monitor everything and everybody; they control the populace by removing the freedom to think, say, feel, or do anything that is not sanctioned by them. The threat of the eternal war with Oceania only serves to back up the isolation the people feel while bonds between people have been destroyed by the fear of Thoughtcrime.
This dystopian novel brings a lot to the literature table, most of which cannot be described or explained without reading the book. It has a complex world with complex rules and structures. Winston, the protagonist, tells us how it feels to live in that existence. An existence where nothing is private, not even the very furthest reaches of your mind.
The novel is disturbing, timeless, and a work of genius. Orwell has a beautiful way with words and describes soulfully how the dystopian world restricts, crushes, and destroys Winston’s mind. It is provoking and haunting.
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