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1984

Written by: George Orwell
Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

George Orwell's nightmare vision of a dystopian world has become more apt in these modern, chaotic times. Casting a pall of oppressive dread from the very first sentence, this classic audiobook takes hold of your imagination and stays with you long after the last four words are uttered.

Big Brother is watching you....

1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair. As he writes the words ‘DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER’, his personal rebellion begins....

George Orwell’s masterpiece is the definitive dystopian novel and one of the most influential works of the twentieth century.

©1949 George Orwell (P)2015 Canongate Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"I read it again, and again...right up there among my favourite books." (Margaret Atwood, Guardian)
"My favourite book is 1984... More relevant to today than almost any other book that you can think of." (Jo Brand)
"His final masterpiece...enthralling and indispensable for understanding modern history." (New York Review of Books)

What listeners say about 1984

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Gripping!

a very gripping novel! A likely future described with such fluent details and perfect plotline

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Mind bloggling, intriguing!

double plus good 😉.. Makes you think unimaginable possibilities of social situations world could get into. It challenges what we consider fundamental nature of humans, societies and governments. Definitely something everyone must read and learn to cherish the freedom we live in.

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Orwell was a messiah to have predicted 1984 in 49

Truly an enlightening read for the strong hearted. Scary, dark and enjoyable all at the same time.

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Must read or listen

Awesome narration. Its a well written book which keeps you interested throughout and I couldnt help comparing the story with the current world scenario.

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A Very Near Future

Although seemed like a work of fiction, George Orwell must have seen the future. A haunting and terrifying tale, beautifully written & narrated. The last sentence of the book sent a chill down my spine.

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Fact or fiction?

now I know I'm not the first to wonder this, but this piece of fiction for 1950 seems oddly familiar from some news I've seen recently... Incredible writing and a ridiculous political philosophy explained so beautifully.

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the sadness seeps in

the voice, the party and Winston all come to life and you feel what Orwell lays out. Sad Beauty !!

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Dull

Was expecting something positive at the end but the story ended in sad note. Imaginary country oceanea and the party was well explained

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superb

very good narration. mesmerising voice. easy to understand.
book is very good without doubt. very realistic and adheres to problems in current society. must read!

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  • nulli
  • 22-04-17

Brilliant classic.

A timeless classic that's very relevant for our current era of new speak and the like. Faultless narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-18

Wincott does an exceptional work.

Must read book and should be there in your library always. It certainly is a classic. What makes it more special his wincott's narration. You can literally experience the fear of the author. The book is timeless because how Orwell predicted it in 1949 and the same can be seen happening now. State surveillance.

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  • Abhinav Goel
  • 18-06-17

Great book

What made the experience of listening to Nineteen Eighty-Four the most enjoyable?

I felt I was with the narrator. Experiencing the pain and horror. Experiencing the thought process. I enjoyed how different the story of this book is.

What other book might you compare Nineteen Eighty-Four to and why?

None so far. This book is pretty unique.

Any additional comments?

I had a great experience reading this.

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  • Petter
  • 20-08-20

Psychiatry summed up

This book was difficult to get through. Great voice performance. But if you wanna know what the end product of the psychiatrist is then it's very well explained in this book.

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  • maxi
  • 18-08-20

Wonderful narration. Thank you very much.

Dark with only a few moments of respite. A warning for the future.... wonderful imagination and creativity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-20

A Masterpiece

A great book. Some say it's dark or sad and I would agree with them, if I simply read it as a story and invested myself in the characters.
The books seems be simultaneously based on past and future events. The past, where nation's simply disappeared their citizens who were deemed not loyal, off to forced labour camps. The future were nations are hellbent on spying on their citizens and manipulating the media to control public opinion.

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  • Bronagh Hayes
  • 24-07-20

Prophetic book, excellently read!

Loved it. Orwell is a modern day prophet with a clear understanding of the wiles and consequences of leftism.
Narration was excellent!

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  • Peter
  • 26-06-20

to morose at the end for my liking

It's definitely worthy of being included in the classics and will be obviously remembered forever especially at this very moment (in the middle of 2020),
[to avoid a bit of a spoiler cease right here]
but it's a little too morose in the end, for my personally giving a 5 star, but then I guess most classics are.

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  • Joao Taborda
  • 22-05-20

Disturbing Dystopia

This is a disturbing dystopia that could happen with the old regimens that have been installed in the post-WWII. It's an example of totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and repressive regimentation of all persons and behaviors within society. The prison part was especially hard as one suffers side by side with Winston.

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  • Kelly Broomhall
  • 15-05-20

Fantastically Terrifying

Now this is a scary book. It's brilliant but it isn't going to leave you feeling anything but awful.

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  • Rory Scanlon
  • 05-09-19

Timeless classic reflects today's politics.

The current restrictions on speech and orthodoxy across the West make this the perfect time to read this book.

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  • Chris
  • 20-12-16

excellent narration.

the narrator was excellent I'm surprised I've not heard more from this guy. I'd like to hear him with Naresh some sci-fi

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  • BlueZen99
  • 24-07-16

Outstanding!

A superb book superbly read. Looking forward to another Orwell book hopefully read by the same narrator.

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  • Draycass
  • 28-01-16

Big Brother is watching you!

If you could sum up Nineteen Eighty-Four in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, Though invoking

Who was your favorite character and why?

There is only one favorite - Winston. Resolute despite adversity. I won't spoil what happens by adding my final thoughts on dear old Winston!

What does Andrew Wincott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His vocal quality is perfect for this book! It suits the style and atmosphere of the book. Dark, mysterious and moody.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Big Brother is ALWAYS watching you!

Any additional comments?

1984 is a thought provoking look at what could be. The date may be long gone, but don't be fooled into thinking that George Orwell's prediction of what might be is long gone! This book has a whole new meaning in light of the Edward Snowden revelations on Mass Surveillance.
The characters are well written and fit perfectly into a descriptive and sterile world.

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  • Ano nymous
  • 01-12-15

Simply Brilliant.

What did you like most about Nineteen Eighty-Four?

This book is shockingly relevant, it resonates so strongly in the modern day. The poignancy of the story and the incredible way it is written makes it a must read for everyone.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nineteen Eighty-Four?

The description of the Prole women fighting over the pots in the city, Winston believes the sound to be the sound of some kind of uprising only to find that it is simply the women fighting over cheap pots, this just struck me as horribly pertinent after the incidents of 'Black Friday. '

Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favourite?

Possibly Obrien is my favourite character, its his harsh personality that really brings the strength to this novel in terms of its authenticity. He makes no attempt to glamourise the rebels enterprise, instead he reflects the frank truth of the matter that in order to effect any change they will have to be brutal and its not going to be easy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was gripped all the way through this book, it was long and so I couldn't listen to it all at once- but I sure wanted to!

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  • Erin
  • 05-07-17

Overrated doesn't begin to cover it.

It's the first time I've got around to 'reading' this highly acclaimed book and I have to say it was a huge disappointment.

Incredibly hard to get through, it's long winded-ness, lack of narrative and apparently pointless minutia had me bored to tears. There is no story.

Yes, it's a brilliant foretelling of the Big Brother state and wide spread surveillance but that's about as far as it goes. Don't expect engaging characters or a gripping story. There are literally hours where the character/narrator reads other books. One to tick off the 'books I should read' list but I'm at a loss as to this book's continued popularity.

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  • Jonny D
  • 01-04-16

A Prophetic look at modern 'Politics of Fear'...

If you could sum up Nineteen Eighty-Four in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

Very well read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This is a book everyone should read. It is almost impossible to imagine that it was written in the 1940's, as it is so amazingly accurate in relation to the kind of world we now live in, with the intrusive surveillance, the invasion of privacy, the never ending wars and the constant barrage of self-serving propaganda we are subjected to by our respective Governments. I read this book as a teenager and then listened to it again 30 years later as an audio book. It was only upon the second reading that I truly appreciated its true brilliance. It is one of the most spellbinding books I've ever read, Orwell was undoubtedly a genius and a prophet. If you look around, you can see all that he foretold...and more.

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  • Adrian
  • 12-07-16

Brilliant and timeless. Insightful, intelligent.

The author had an deep understanding of human nature and seemed to be familiar with concepts and technologies that were in their infancy. He put Leonardo Da Vinci's helicopter in the shade.

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  • W. Reilly
  • 27-07-19

Simply brilliant. Thoroughly thought provoking.

I really enjoyed this from beginning to end. The story holds up to the passage of time and is more unsettling than ever. The narrator does a fantastic job and creates a perfect flow. Highly recommend listening.

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  • Cherry
  • 18-02-16

Great stuff..

Andrew Wincott's well spoken yet haunting tone, richly captures Winston's story and elevates it to sound realistic, truthful and emotional in a world where 'reality', 'truth' and 'emotion' do not exist. Of course Orwell's writing is incredible and prophetic, all of this praise goes without saying. However, if you love this, then Down and Out in Paris and London is fantastic, and I would highly recommend it! I've read all of Orwell's works, but I've decided to go through the audio books while studying him again at uni to spice it up a bit, and the theatricality and voice acting really brings something new to each story! Homage to Catalonia next for me!
(One thing I will say was that Wincott's voice was quite slow, so I did speed it up to 1.5)

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  • Nathan
  • 01-02-17

Relevant to this day

A never ending war. False scarcity. A ruling class obsessed with maintaining power for its own sake. Thoughtless and easily manipulated masses. A ever watching security state... War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength... Reality is odder than this fiction.

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  • Johnny
  • 14-03-16

Brilliant read

Fantastic version of the book.. The narrator gave a brilliant performance, really adding to the dreama of the story. Absolutely recommended.

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  • luke
  • 03-12-18

A alarming view into a dystopian future.

This masterpiece had me listening avidly to a possible future that would scare the crap out of anyone. Narration was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Shane Connor
  • 12-03-19

This was meant to be a warning, not a guide..


1984 is an insanely relevant novel in this day and age.

WAR IS PEACE.
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-19

Very Good

Such a dark story, coupled with excellent ration really engrossed me and I found it actually depressing me. It really makes you think about things and how society has changed and is continuing to change. The narration was excellent and the deep, sort of grim voice of the narrator was perfect for setting the scene of a dark and grotty location. Happy to have listened, and would recommend to anyone...

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  • Encrypted Listener
  • 07-05-19

Absolutely Brilliant

Andrew Wincock does an amazing job reading George Orwell's Classic 1984. Definitely one of my top five audible purchases.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-17

Definitely recommend

I absolutely loved this. My first time reading 1984 and my very first audiobook. This story remains so relevant and the narration was excellent.

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  • jason Coulthard
  • 22-11-16

powerful

excellent narration.
love this.
wow. first time former 1984, left wondering and thinking
look at media and political in new way

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  • David
  • 26-09-16

great listen

This book is such a classic. every body should read or listen to it. defiantly resonates with today's society.

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  • Cornel
  • 14-09-20

More of a manual than a warning these days

This book is seen as a masterpiece for a reason. well worth it. read it no matter what!