(4.6 stars; 1746 reviews)

Nineteen Eighty-Four, sometimes published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author George Orwell published in 1949. The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government's invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite, that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrimes".

The tyranny is epitomised by Big Brother, the quasi-divine Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality but who may not even exist. The Party "seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power." The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party, who works for the Ministry of Truth (or Minitrue), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to rewrite past newspaper articles, so that the historical record always supports the party line. Smith is a diligent and skillful worker but he secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother. (Summary from Wikipedia)

This is a recording of a radio broadcast of the book, and was not produced by the LibriVox project


1984 2:21:38


guess im not smart enough for Orwell

(3 stars)

narration quality and tone is excellent. However, I wish the recording was broken up into sections for easy shuttling. I've heard how profound and eerie this book is, and I don't get it, beyond the obvious weak similarity between "big brother" and post 911 america. To me it read as a story of a corrupt government bending the will of a weak and cowardly man.

So true to real life today. they're watching a

(5 stars)

I've always heard the term Orwillian,now I get it after his book. and now we find out big brother is actually watching and listening to us via the Internet maybe even cables and phone lines thru the the"Teletube" and other devices. so prophetic.

A figurative jewel of prophetic ideas!

(5 stars)

Story offers deep and intellectual characters that face the delima we all face inadvertantly, but in a much more observable and specific way. If this story does not resonate with you, you must seriously ask yourself when the last time anything mattered at all.

thought provoking and eerie

(5 stars)

this book is insanely eerie and prophetic. if we keep going down this path of hate and terror in humanity we will always be wrong, and our lives will not amount to much... just blindly following the rest of the sheep. I wish more people read this book and actually contemplated it in similarity to our current world... it's not far fetched... it's more possible than you would ever think! great book as always!

a good, although shorter, version.

(4 stars)

The reading was smooth and entertaining and the tone matches the subject very well. My only issue is this is an abridged version. So if you attempt to follow along with the book version it will not go well. It is as if you were asked to repeat what you just read from memory one paragraph at a time. The bulk is there but some finer details are missing. Most of the details that were left out didn't matter or weren't important. But you do miss some of the extra feeling in the original. By listening to this version you are selling yourself short. However you will get a very good idea of what it's all about and can easily have a good conversation over it. But the extra fluff that was cut out is missed in my opinion. Also a few parts are out of order. An example of this is chapter 3 in the book is the dream. It is chapter 4 in this version. Personally I feel this was an enhancement due to a few terms being introduced that cause the dream to make sense then rather than hit you later. Read or listen. It's worth it.

The Timelessness of 1984

(5 stars)

I first read and greatly enjoyed the book in junior high school several decades ago, and have read it several times since. I've also seen two interesting film versions. However, this was my first audiobook,which I found riveting. I strongly recommend it.


(4.5 stars)

This book is more horrifying than I expected it to be. George Orwell understood the love of power that various "parties" sought and abused. The book is an amazing portrayal of language and the way it can be used universally to shape perceptions and protect tyrants and despots. The narrator does an excellent job.

An odd duck of a book...but great nonetheless

(4.5 stars)

The reader was excellent in capturing my attention. My English Lit. class read this book some 10 years ago and I missed the lessons that went with it due to an injury... I should look up my old teacher and find out what she was trying to teach - because like the book, her lessons always had a deeper meaning. Bravo, Mr. Orwell. Bravo.