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George Orwell's nineteen Eighty-Four is one of the most definitive texts of modern literature. Set in Oceania, one of the three inter-continental superstate that divided the world among themselves after a global war, Orwell's masterful critique of the political structures of the time, works itself out through the story of Winston Smith, a man caught in the webs of a dystopian future, and his clandestine love affair with Julia, a young woman he meets during the course of his work for the government. As much as it is an entertaining read, nineteen Eighty-Four is also a brilliant, and more importantly, a timeless satirical attack on the social and political structures of the world.

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interesting, very interesting

if you payed attention to politics in 2020, then read this book, you will be very tripped out. premises set out in the fiction universe have played out in 2020 to an alarming accuracy. everybody should be reading this book.

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could not stand the narrator's voice

had to try another version because I could not concerntrate on the actual story itself

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Terrifying

This should be a required read in order to graduate HS, not taking a critical race theory course. Wow. great read, narrator was great.

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couldn't get past 3 hours

I've heard this is a fabulous book. However, the narration was not very good. I listened to a little less than 3 hours and I can't tell you much at all. It was monotonous and not read in a way that kept my attention. I'm going to actually read the book. Luckily the cost was only .94.

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MUST READ!!!

Excellent read. The narrator captures perfectly the warring hope, futility and horror of this most durable and important account of the evil that men do and will do when evolution mutates from the nobility of the human spirit into the torturous exercise of pure power.

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Prescient and Scary for its applicability to today

This book lays out like a roadmap for the modern democratic big government party. They have clearly applied many of Orwell’s described techniques attributed to the “Party”. Double Think and Double Speak, revisionist history, removing and destroying statues and references to the past, intolerance of any opposing viewpoints, collusion with social media, print and television media to control the narrative and canceling (read: vaporizing) of conservative opinions, a radial militant arm of the party (BLM and Antifa) that do their dirty work for them, desire for absolute control of the populace and conformity with their ideas (mask and vaccine mandates), etc. The list could go on and on. But like any Marxist or totalitarian government, the promises of a Utopian society result in scarcity, shortages and terror for the general population while the elite few prosper. Big Brother is watching you…

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Lousy narration

This isn't a review on the contents of the book, only the narration of it. The narration is really lousy with strange rests in between words and random high pitched reading while pronunciation words. I fully recommend whoever is reading this to read a different version of this story, because I have heard it is beyond inspirational. It's just that this narrator makes you want to claw your ears out, so you can't enjoy the story.

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great story, great warning

The book read more like an ideal fascism with a solid sprinkle of communism. you could say a merging of Nazi with Stalin idealistic approach to controlling society..

wonderful book full of warning ... speaker was very understandable and pleasant to listen to.

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In this day of Racism on the rise read this book

Really paints a picture of what evil people want for this world. Every good good activist should read this book!

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Disturbingly relevant for 2021

A true work of genius, as well as my all-time favorite and least favorite novel (here I exercise doublethink) it's truly a masterpiece. It's rather uncomfortable to read, and parts can be somewhat confusing, but it's all worth it not just for the terrifyingly clever political messages, but also the excellent characters.

The book is terrifying and leaves a poor taste in your mouth, but it's powerful and effective. More than anything, it makes you think about the world and society in a different way, changing your worldview forever. Above all, it's brilliant, and one everyone should have read/listen to at least once.

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  • Justinas Dudutis
  • 11-19-21

Impressive story matched with just right tome

I’ve long wanted to listen to 1984, and oh boy did it deliver.
As a citizen of ex Soviet country I can relate to the most main character life that was depicted in 1983.
The fear, need of conformity, language filled with ambiguous meanings all was present.
It’s such an eye opener for folks who lived through these times you can’t believe it.

I have bought this audio version by accident, but must admit that I loved the voice, tonality Ana pauses.
If only I could wish more was few more pauses and most thought bending paragraphs.

Thanks for wonderful experience!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-21

Great book, bad audio

The reader mispronounces quite a few words. Also uses bad audio settings that drowns entire syllables, and there is some editing involved that wasn't checked for quality because some lines are read twice. Once wrongly and then again correctly.

The book is a classic. Everyone who has heard of it knows that.

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  • David Lawrence
  • 07-14-21

Awful

The book itself is great. This is less of a reading, more of a sound editing project. The delivery is stilted and lacking intonation and nuance. I suspect there might be some text-to-speech involved.

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  • Drew
  • 04-03-22

Very disturbing. superb reading.

Superb reading, especially in these troubling times, when 1984 all of the sudden does not appear as remote fantasy, as perhaps it was when written.

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  • Bob Barr
  • 03-24-22

Essential reading / listening

If you have never read 1984, or only have vague recollections from school, now is the time to read it.

Chillingly prescient about propaganda, fake news, totalitarian and autocratic rulers and the human condition.

A work of genius that has matured into ever greater relevance.

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  • Laura Nogradnik
  • 06-30-21

Great book but weird recording

Sometimes the recording skips a word a two. But it's not too bad, the narrator does a good job otherwise.

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  • Bryce Jones
  • 08-16-21

Definitely worth a listen.

Such a great story. Well written and great descriptions. this was my first story based audiobook. I wasn't too sure about Benjamin at the start, but he did a very good job in his narration. Very consistent in his speech and character voices.

Definitely worth more than the price.