Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic dystopian novel by English author George Orwell. Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totalitarian regime. Read by gritty and accomplished actor Philip Glenister from the acclaimed crime series
Life on Mars and
Ashes to Ashes. The story follows the life of one seemingly insignificant man, Winston Smith, a civil servant assigned the task of falsifying records and political literature, thus effectively perpetuating propaganda, who grows disillusioned with his meagre existence and so begins an ultimately futile rebellion against the system.
The novel has become famous for its portrayal of surveillance and society's increasing encroachment on the rights of the individual. Since its publication, the terms Big Brother and Orwellian have entered the popular vernacular. This is a special celebratory release to celebrate 60 years since Nineteen Eighty-Four was first published.
Extremely well narrated, with a good use of music to break-up chapters. Some minor volume fluctuations between chapters aside, this has the highest production value for a classic audiobook I have yet come across.
The story itself, of course, remains as haunting, as dark and as forboding as ever.
One of the most important, shocking and compelling books ever written. If you're interested in politics, society or the fate of people under totalitarian rule, you will find so much in here, and it will stay with you for life.
I have always wanted to read 1984 and I was worried that when I listened to it instead i would not benefit as much and not fully connect with the book. What happened was the opposite as I listened glenister's superb grasp of the text I felt in awe of orwells talent. Masterclass.