George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency.
But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him. The year has come and gone, yet George Orwell's nightmare vision of the world we were becoming in is still the great modern classic portrait of a negative Utopia. Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this dramatically popular book. Read more Read less. Free with Audible Plus Trial. Get Audible Plus Free. Click above to get a preview of our newest plan - unlimited listening to select audiobooks, Audible Originals, and podcasts.
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I cannot begin to convey how genuinely frightening this book is. I am a lover of popular science fiction and am astounded by Orwell's ability to be more compelling, entertaining and engrossing than authors with the benefit of light sabers, phasers and teleportation. 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 as it was meant to be read Over 70 years ago Orwell predicted exactly what is happening in the USA today.
His brilliant instincts for our future were uncanny. As expected, Big Brother catches Winston, and tortures him ruthlessly until he is a shell of his former self. I wanted to rape you and then murder you afterwards. Regardless of whether or not the characters are relatable, the book definitely serves as a cautionary tail to all those who have scanned it pages. This book has many horrifying elements and scenes, such as telescreens, the things constantly watching people even in their own homes. This turned Winston into what seemed like an animal with rabies, and after this punishment in which he was spared death because he betrayed his lover Julia he was never the same.
Phones like the iPhone not only have fingerprints for touch identification but now are starting to delve into the world of facial recognition, and no one truly knows for sure where this information goes. We see far worse things than Winston saw in the Ministry of Love by simply turning on the news.
Nations like North Korea have complete control over their citizens, and the saddest part is, these citizens are too shielded from reality to even know that there is something wrong with the way they are treated. People also have the tendency to blindly trust whatever the media says, which could just be another way us people are manipulated every day. Ordered this book for a 9th grade class reading project.
Was not happy when we got to page and discovered that pages were missing. This book is impossible to read. The file is corrupted and all kinds of strange characters obscure words. It is infuriating to try to contact Amazon's customer service. Amazon keeps you going in circles and there is no phone number for getting help.
Check out "It Can't Happen Here. I read this in high school I'm 72 now and at that time it was a prediction of things to come. In some ways it's pretty close. It is interesting that people are reading it more now because of the current situation. I think that if they are alarmed by this book they should try "It Can't Happen Here. I first read for a high school English class almost 20 years ago, I was immediately drawn to Orwell's writing style. For every bit of dialog, there is MUCH more narration, but the narration is engrossing and intriguing.
If you're like me and love a good bleak novel that explores the basic depravity of man other favorites of mine are Brave New World and Lord of the Flies , read Don't forget to give Animal Farm a try as well; it covers very similar themes using talking barnyard animals, but it's an easier read. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. A Bihari angarez, Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his penname, George Orwell, wrote this book in , supposedly A satirical description of A totalitarian state.
Little did he realize that it will describe India, A so-called democratic state of , so vividly! This book is written back in , but hats off to author who very precisely tell what going to be happened after decades.
After 60 years since it was published, it remains one of the most hauntingly terrifying portrayals of future of mainkind. Most Most Recommended Novel to Read.
Your Views definatly going to affect after reading this book. You will start seeing world in a new way. A Movie also released,, based on this Novel with same name i. Images in this review. The kindle edition is full of poor editing, spelling and grammatical mistakes and ridiculous page layouts. The proof reader for this edition must have been blind. There are so many mistakes that it definitely impacts on the readers ability to enjoy the original text, in fact it makes it practically unreadable.
Buy another format rather than wasting your money on this kindle edition. Any society implementing Marxism usually ends up like a third-world country with a small wealthy elite, a large administration class and the remainder - the vast majority - living equally in poverty. Winston Smith, the central character, is someone who dares to question the totalitarian regime he is living subject to. 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.