English author George Orwell is the author of the dystopian novel and cautionary tale 1984 audiobook. Thematically, the focus is on the fallout from tyranny, widespread monitoring, and the coercive regimentation of individuals and social behaviors.
1984 audiobook – George Orwell’s most solid, most brilliant work
George Orwell’s 1984 audiobook is the big opus that all of his earlier works has been building towards. It is regarded as his “most solid, most brilliant” work by critics. Even though Nineteen Eighty-Four is set thirty-five years in the future, it is still highly relevant today. In London, the city’s slums are known as Victory Mansions, and there hasn’t been any new construction since 1950. Science no longer supports Man but the State. War is peace, as every citizen is all too aware.
The novel 1984 audiobook is written in the past tense and has lengthy expositional paragraphs that describe events and the society. Usually, these aspects make me feel less connected to a book and its characters, but Orwell did a great job holding my attention. Even if he repeats himself and speaks in circles a lot, his material is nonetheless interesting.
1984 audiobook delves deeply into both politics and psychology. There are no written laws in the society depicted in the book, although many crimes carry the death penalty. The Party’s catchphrase, “War is Peace,” is incredibly complicated. Being unique is discouraged and may result in accusations of Party betrayal.
There are moments when it appears first-person accounts are the only way to truly feel a character’s feelings. Because 1984 audiobook is written in the third person, this is not the case. Except for the opening moments when Winston is first awakening, George is able to make sure that the reader never feels cut off from the events taking place around them.
1984 audiobook is not at all flawless. Its plot—well, half of it—was ripped from Zumyatin’s We; its characters are flat; its vocabulary may be didactic at times; and the long Goldstein dissertation that is forced in the middle is a defect that deforms the novel’s structure like a scar does a face. Ultimately, though, none of it matters because George Orwell was spot on.
The great Soviet experiment was reduced to a totalitarian state, a repressive power comparable in evilness to Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy, as Orwell, a socialist who fought against Franco, observed in horror. He eventually realized that ideology under an authoritarian society is really a showpiece intended to divert the attention of the populace. He eventually realized that the goal of all these “alternative facts” was to create a society in which people would no longer even be able to define reality; that the purpose of control was more control, and the point of pain was more agony.
Orwell’s vision of the world is grim; too grim, some would argue, for it may deprive the faint-hearted among us of hope. But Orwell never wanted to take away hope. No, he wished to shock our hearts into resistance by showing us the authoritarian nightmare achieved: a monument of stasis, a tribute to surveillance and control.
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