1984


(4.6 stars; 3132 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

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Reviews

Brilliant

(5 stars)

Great audio, the changes in voice between characters, as characters change through the story, and as they experience different emotions is brilliant. Thanks for a great reading. between the audio and the book itself I finished it in two sessions I'm the gym. Beautiful book and read beautifully. I hope to God we never get to the Orwellian future we are headed too

1984 By George Orwell (Libravox recording)

(4 stars)

Scarier now than when both the year and the book “1984” were both concepts of a dystopian world in the future. Ideas like “Doublespeak” are actively being used today. Definitions with variability and the like are the coin of the political realm NOW. Listen carefully. The Thought Police can now use your phone and your (a particular brand of television) to surveillance you NOW. The narration by Libravox Volunteer’s is TOP notch !

(3 stars)

It was a very dark story of an oppressive regime, but parts are applicable to us now. Today's government keeps it's people subjugated by keeping them in slaved by debt and materialism. But the people are supposed to love the nation (big brother) keeps us enslaved.

truly thought-provoking

(5 stars)

an excellent critique of modern society. It rings Justice true now as when it was written and applies surprisingly to the governmental structures and issues that we now see. we must always be careful to guard all right to free thought free speech and free action.

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(4 stars)

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Merely genius!!

(5 stars)

This is my first audio book and I bet it will be the best in all!! The reader's performance and how he changes his voice professionally to match every character is simply spectacular. Goerge Orwell's brilliance topped this to make nothing but a masterpiece ! Somehow disappointing and depressing but this is the best way to express how tyranny and corruption can turn smart loving people into dumb selfish dolls and play with them easily for the service of their very own enemy!

Excellent reader and story

(5 stars)

This was the first time I have listened to an audiobook. I found the reader brilliant to listen to, good expression and changed voices for characters- very entertaining. The story is on so many 'must read' lists that I felt I must read it! And I am glad I now know what all the fuss was about!

1984

(5 stars)

I don't see a lot of value in offering a Prol's critic of a novel published in 1949 and "public domain" in several countries. Instead I'd like to offer the reading and recording is something I would have expected from a paid version of the novel. Great stuff, first book I've listed too from the site ... bars been set fairly high by this offering.