1984 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 19 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||05 November 2015|
|Publisher||Canongate Books Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 208 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
2 in Political Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
4 in Dystopian Fiction
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Reviewed in Australia on 10 August 2022
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Orwell presents what it seems to me, a deep philosophy on the psychology of collective power and authority. And what we may deem to be the definition of power and authority. I honestly just hope that such a dystopia would not be bought about because so many ill-fated things could become possible. It is definitely the optimist and idealist in me that speaks this.
But this story does bring to mind the question of how to effectively govern a civilisation. Maybe this story should be said that it should be read because we have to understand the Ugly in order to understand and push forth for the Beauty.
"What is wrong with you people? This book was meant as a warning, not an instruction manual!"
Anyone concerned over the future we are creating for our children should read this.. as should their children.
Want to read the book but not with adverts in it... Not able to return or exchange this version this now, even though I haven't read more than 5% of it, disappointing.
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To every young person who has been assigned this book, know that you are reading a literary work of art. Many of you will understand and appreciate it, but if you love literature, please make a mental note to read this again when you are older. Youth brings with it eternal hope, boundless optimism and of course, hormones, so you will find yourself rebelling against the pessimism of the book itself - you will effectively be Winston raging against the machine, hoping, searching, questing for a way out. In short, you will cheat.
But when you get older, have a family, lose loved ones and see some of your dreams unfulfilled - when you witness entire nations and races of peoples born, live and die in brutal squalor - when you reflect on the technological advances made over the decades and gaze, with mouth agape, at how a people can be less advanced, less informed and less enlightened, not despite these innovations, but BECAUSE of them, then you will read 1984 as it was meant to be read...not as a dark, dystopian world you enter when you open the book, but a beautifully brutal warning that, even as you read it, is prophetically coming true around you.
When George Orwell wrote this book, the means of monitoring and controlling people were not well advanced, and many 'anti-state' behaviours could go unnoticed and unchecked. Also, Marxism (and Globalism) had not got a toehold in the West. Essentially then his novel was little more than a work of fiction. Reality is now beginning to catch up. The two main ingredients are now here: Marxism is going mainstream in the West, and technology is allowing governments and organisations to record the minutiae of everyone's life (online comments, credit-card purchases), disseminate propaganda (fake news) and enforce conformity (China's Social Credit System).
In this so-called clown world in which we now live democracy is being sidelined, history is being rewritten, truths and facts are becoming 'constructs', scapegoats are being created to funnel hate, the traditional family unit is being attacked, etc, etc. George Orwell would not have to dig deep for inspiration, were he writing 1984 now.
This is a very depressing novel; and if you are quite content to live happily in your bubble, then I advise you not to read it.