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Nineteen Eighty-Four Audiobook

Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Jaime 14/03/2016
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    "Brilliant read"

    Fantastic version of the book.. The narrator gave a brilliant performance, really adding to the dreama of the story. Absolutely recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan 01/02/2017
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    "Relevant to this day"

    A never ending war. False scarcity. A ruling class obsessed with maintaining power for its own sake. Thoughtless and easily manipulated masses. A ever watching security state... War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength... Reality is odder than this fiction.

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    06/08/2017
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    "Definitely recommend"

    I absolutely loved this. My first time reading 1984 and my very first audiobook. This story remains so relevant and the narration was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kel's Opinion 25/06/2017
    Kel's Opinion 25/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Difficult to get into"

    I've heard amazing things about this book yet the narrator was difficult for me to listen to. I would prefer to get a refund. I've tried a few times to listen thinking perhaps I was too tired however it didn't matter I just couldn't get into the audio version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jason Coulthard sydney 22/11/2016
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    "powerful"

    excellent narration.
    love this.
    wow. first time former 1984, left wondering and thinking
    look at media and political in new way

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 26/09/2016
    David 26/09/2016
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    "great listen"

    This book is such a classic. every body should read or listen to it. defiantly resonates with today's society.

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    Helen Fearn 09/09/2017
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    "The end is nigh."

    This is so frighteningly possible. People need to look around and wake the he'll up.

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    Claudia 29/07/2017
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    Any additional comments?

    This book has been in my 'to read' list for a decade and I end up listening to it... The narrator was really good but I would've preferred someone else do the female voices. It took a few chapters to get into although unsure if it was the novel itself or because this was the first novel I've listened to. I thought the story was good and worth the 'read' however, even though I feel the main character works for the story, *mild spoilers* don't expect a hero if you haven't already read it.

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    Madeline 14/07/2017
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    "Couldn't get past the sexism..."
    What disappointed you about Nineteen Eighty-Four?

    I understand it's a popular book, and perhaps at the time the concept was original and thought provoking. But I honestly couldn't sit through a book where women are described so horribly. Within the first few chapters he has described how he wants to rape a woman and slit her throat after, how an old woman's skin is so cracked it probably has dust in it, describes women's voices as shrill and awful, describes women as being empty of thought, passive, and compliant. The almost only sex that occurs is with prostituted women, who are not given a human status, he instead mentions how depriving it is that the men must go without sex, and mentions the prostituted women as being of an almost subhuman class. Not only is it awful to sit through these never ending misogynistic descriptions, but it is also so implausible that there would be a world where women were so satisfied with their roles as described in this piece of fiction. The 'n' word used to describe black people was too much as you could not decide whether it is the character's description or actually just the authors. It must be much easier to get through this book as a white man. When comparing this book to the Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Attwood) since it is fiction of a similar theme, one starts to think that women's biggest fear in a dystopian future is being fully deprived of human rights, whilst man's is being deprived of sex.


    What could George Orwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Told this story from multiple angles.


    What character would you cut from Nineteen Eighty-Four?

    Winston.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan 04/01/2017
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    "Interesting concept. Average story."

    Feels like i started listening back in 1984 and juat finished. Still waiting for the climax.. yawn

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  • Abhinav Goel
    18/06/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nulli
    22/04/17
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    "Brilliant classic."

    A timeless classic that's very relevant for our current era of new speak and the like. Faultless narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrei G
    26/03/17
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    "Great book and perfect performance"

    I loved the whole performance and the fact that it has the appendix part with new speech. It left me speechless. I highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaia Bladesong
    1/01/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian Rygaard Jensen
    Lundby, Denmark
    5/07/16
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    "Why did I not read this earlier"
    What made the experience of listening to Nineteen Eighty-Four the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favorite?

    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.


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

    The last reaction of Winston Smith moved me deeply.


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  • Jonny D
    Kent, UK
    1/04/16
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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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Cherry
    18/02/16
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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)

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Draycass
    Portsmouth
    28/01/16
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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.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Ano nymous
    1/12/15
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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!


    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Badham
    19/01/16
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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.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Petrit
    2/01/17
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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/10/16
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    "Plus Unbad"

    it would be thinkcrime not to read.
    Unbadly narrated.
    enjoyed the end.
    the explination of newthink is a bonus.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel H. Williams
    coventry,england
    6/09/16
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    "lives up to it's reputation"

    the reader is easy to listen to and matches the book in my opinion. A must read (or listen).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • T. Evans
    Wales
    26/08/16
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    "A great novel with a vital message perfectly read"

    My favourite audio book so far. Brilliantly read. 1984 should be compulsory reading for all, it helps one see through 'newspeak', whether it's ' extraordinary rendition' or 'efficiency savings'!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mette
    London, UK
    28/07/16
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    "Still very relevant"

    every school child should read this and take note as our freedom is being taken away more and more.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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