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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

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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Brilliant read

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

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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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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.

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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

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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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brilliantly narrated. one of the most important books in engsoc history. i highly recommend for all readers

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Great

Really enjoyed the story. Intense and shocking in some places. Fantastic narration. Highly recommend it.

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A modern classic that holds up well in 2018

Recommended for anyone who is wanting to access a masterpiece of political thought. As relevant today as when it was written, and very accessible.

Great performance and story, and not too long.

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concepts and social comment Cleverly conveyed

Interesting story and concepts. Eerie how accurate some of the concepts of Orwell's story have played out in real life authoritarian governments.

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Chillingly prophetic.

Magnificent writing and narration. Should be compulsory reading for our school children. And even for those among us that chill at the decay of our society