1984


(4.6 stars; 1932 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

Chapters

1984 2:21:38

Reviews

(5 stars)

The reading this book was incredibly good. The reason it got both the male and female voices very, very well. The story itself of course, is horrifying but needs to be totaled.

1984

(5 stars)

This book is phenomenal! Hard to believe it could be so spot on for things happening today! Everyone should read this book! If you already have, you should read it again!

1984-George Orwell

(5 stars)

What a treat to be able to sit and listen to wonderful classics, like in the old days of the family sitting down to listen to the radio programs. It has been a trip down memory lane

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.

good.. but not the same

(3.5 stars)

I was dissapointed to compare it to the actual text and this one was condensed and changed scenes. good nevertheless but I still feel like I haven't read/listened to the actual text

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!