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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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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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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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A alarming view into a dystopian future.

This masterpiece had me listening avidly to a possible future that would scare the crap out of anyone. Narration was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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narrating was astounding!

This book is more relevant to today than ever before.

The narrating was one of the best that I have heard across my entire Audible Library.

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This was meant to be a warning, not a guide..


1984 is an insanely relevant novel in this day and age.

WAR IS PEACE.
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

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Interesting, although slow.

1984 is among the 'must-read' of modern literature, so it was with excitement that I started this book. The narration is outstanding, however my preference of book is more fast-paced than 1984.
The premise of the story and the world which George Orwell created is fascinating and intricately devised. If you prefer action and pace in your books, look elsewhere. If you enjoy delving deeper in to the character's thoughts, than this book might be for you.

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Underwhelming

I personally found it hard to finish this book postponing the end over a considerable amount of time, and not due to a lack of interest, but knowing the end wouldn't feel satisfying. In summary all potential stories threads are meaningless, and it's only purpose is to demonstrate the hopeless surroundings through the perspective of a pervert's love story.

Lastly, the political philosophy surrounding the underlining of the story is the only remember thing about this book, but it's incredibly weak. To simplify the message authoritarianism is bad, which no one that's honest would dispute.

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A classic they say..

I would rather die right now than listen to any more of this dribble. It might not have been so bad if it had a story line. So for the first time in my life I am not finishing a book! I've made it 17 chapters so I've given it a red hot shot. I can't believe all the reviews this book has received! Boring Boring Boring

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Very Good

Such a dark story, coupled with excellent ration really engrossed me and I found it actually depressing me. It really makes you think about things and how society has changed and is continuing to change. The narration was excellent and the deep, sort of grim voice of the narrator was perfect for setting the scene of a dark and grotty location. Happy to have listened, and would recommend to anyone...

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Absolutely Brilliant

Andrew Wincock does an amazing job reading George Orwell's Classic 1984. Definitely one of my top five audible purchases.

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  • 22-04-2017

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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  • 25-05-2018

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
  • 18-06-2017

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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  • Erling Tørseth
  • 12-07-2021

A must read and highly recommended

Narrator is among the best I've heard.
Easy (and scary) to see many of the similar techniques and thoughts being set into action in our times. (2021)

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  • 20-06-2021

Interesting Distopian Story

It was very interesting to read this book. Amazing World building. I would definitely recommend.

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  • T Sudhakar
  • 27-05-2021

How one assert power on another, by suppression!

Beautifully written and narrated. Everyone should give it a try! It was marvellous and you will get hook for damn sure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-2021

5/5 will need to relisten a couple of times

The narrators voice is really nice and clear. The singing and women lines were so cute

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  • 03-02-2021

A dystopian world that hits very close to reality

A must read classic.
Especially in times like these.

The author intended to create a dystopian reality where humans are enslaved by propaganda, disinformation and thought control.
In our modern world fake news, advertising, product placement and corruption come close to some of the book concepts

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  • Clonetrooper
  • 07-01-2021

1984 was supposed to be a warning...not a manual

A must read for everybody who wants to know were leftwing and progressive policies will inevitablely lead every society. "Who controls the past, controls the future; who controls the present controls the past". Newspeak, 2 minutes of hate, thought police in form of cancel culture..as I said, this book was supposed to be a warning and not a manual!!

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  • Vittorio
  • 20-11-2020

Finally a great voice

A must read book and... the best narrator ever! Finally a book is properly narrated with a pleasant, expressive, and versatile voice!

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  • Erin
  • 05-07-2017

Overrated doesn't begin to cover it.

It's the first time I've got around to 'reading' this highly acclaimed book and I have to say it was a huge disappointment.

Incredibly hard to get through, it's long winded-ness, lack of narrative and apparently pointless minutia had me bored to tears. There is no story.

Yes, it's a brilliant foretelling of the Big Brother state and wide spread surveillance but that's about as far as it goes. Don't expect engaging characters or a gripping story. There are literally hours where the character/narrator reads other books. One to tick off the 'books I should read' list but I'm at a loss as to this book's continued popularity.

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  • Rory Scanlon
  • 05-09-2019

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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  • Chris
  • 20-12-2016

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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  • BlueZen99
  • 24-07-2016

Outstanding!

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

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  • Draycass
  • 28-01-2016

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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  • Ano nymous
  • 01-12-2015

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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  • W. Reilly
  • 27-07-2019

Simply brilliant. Thoroughly thought provoking.

I really enjoyed this from beginning to end. The story holds up to the passage of time and is more unsettling than ever. The narrator does a fantastic job and creates a perfect flow. Highly recommend listening.

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