Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • by George Orwell
  • Narrated by Philip Glenister
  • 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Excellent narration brings 1984 alive in 2009

It's some years since I read 1984 and the surprise about this novel is how it has retained its relevance since it's first publication. It is as applicable to modern society as it was when first written. 1984 is not a light listen. It's a thought provoking tale of manipulative social engineering and the loss of both freedom of speech and thought.

Philip Glennister's narration is first class. In particular, his soft Irish O'Brien brought the character alive for me. I doubt that his reading of this classic novel can be surpassed.

The only negative, in my opinion, is the classical music that plays inbetween chapters. I like classical music and I like audio books but not combined! I found it irksome and didn't appreciate the interruption to the flow of the narration.
Although it was not to my taste, it was not enough to spoil the enjoyment of the superb reading and interpretation of the words of Orwell delivered by Glennister.

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- Rosemary

First class narration

1984 is a horrifying tale and not easily forgotten. Philip?s perfect narration brings the story to life and keeps you hanging in until the end.
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- Ducatikitten

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-09-2009
  • Publisher: CSA Word