1984


(4.6 stars; 2863 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

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Reviews

my first audio book

(5 stars)

First of all .. amazing performance by the reader... and concerning the book being my first book to ever finish its amazing .. george orwell really did an amazing job he built a whole other world and described it so beautifully.. loved every moment even the sad ones in the end it all made me fell special reading such an amazing piece of work

(4 stars)

Unbelievably relevant to the factions of 2017. ANTIFA functions like the Party where the belief is that freedom of speech is slavery and that thought crime should be punishable. Statues are being taken down, opposing views are silenced, conservative speakers are banned from platforms of discourse. This is uncanny to 1984.

Socialism is still a threat

(4.5 stars)

Dumdum: you are in no way a dummy as evidenced by your curiosity about the book. I have been curious about it for 50 years but never would have found the leisure time to read it and so I thank God for the people of LibriVox who have allowed me to gain that knowledge while still doing the physical work I need to do. I suspect that you are as about as young as I was when I first heard the great reviews the book was getting in the 1960's. What Orwell is writing about is the communist government of the former USSR under Joseph Stalin. Stalin had a very bushy dark mustache and his face was on giant posters all over Russia. Members of the Communist party called each other comrade and wore basic overalls for work. They wanted everyone to be equal, no one higher than any other, so by dressing the same they at least gave the appearance of equality. The Russian Communist party controlled the news and did what Orwell described as revising history and promulgating lies such as "there IS no crime under the Communist rule". How could there be crime in a "perfect" society? I have a copy of the old Communist Constitution which I keep to remind me that it granted their citizens freedom "from" religion as compared to ours which guarantees freedom "of" religion. There are some other similarities between Big Brother, the Communists and ourselves such as our current self-appointed political correctness monitors and thought crimes but I don't have room to write about all of it. I would encourage you to learn all you can about socialism, communism, and all of the types of governments seen throughout history. Ours is absolutely the best the world has ever seen but is under threat and will be forever. One hundred years ago the socialists tried to take over America and called themselves progressives. That didn't work out for them and they were rejected so violently that they pulled way back on the demonstrations and quietly changed their name to liberals. Americans finally figured out what liberals really want and so now they have changed back to calling themselves progressives. Funny, isn't it. Sent from my iPad

Today's social climate written back in 1948

(5 stars)

awesome book and so incredible how Orwell actually saw the future. Today we are being forced to tell things that are not true to not distrupt civil society's fragile individuals, we are being forced to think that only our pain matters, we are thr ones who are scared of offending a social justice warrior to keep our jobs...

(5 stars)

Thank you. Very well read and so poignant in our world these days. I've been meaning to re-read 1984, but I am so glad to have heard it done so well. Thank you everyone who contributes to these great recordings. Looking forward to many more.

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.