Portrait of a dystopian world where Big Brother’s watchful eye reigns supreme. 👁️🗨️
🎧 Listening time: 11 hrs and 22 mins
⭐ Community rating: 4.6 / 5
Introduction to 1984
This dystopian science fiction novel explores themes of extensive surveillance and oppressive control of individuals within society during the totalitarian regime.
The author used the Soviet Union during Stalinism and Nazi Germany as a model for the authoritarian state depicted in his book. He explores the manipulated truths within societies and how they can change the course of history.
What is 1984 about?
The audiobook portrays life in Oceania, a totalitarian state where the population is brainwashed and compelled to obey the leader, Big Brother.
In the novel, the Party controls every aspect of society. It employed a manipulative language called Newspeak, aimed at restricting independent thinking and enforcing the Party’s ideologies.
To uphold its dominance over the population, the Party implemented measures such as the Thought Police and continuous surveillance. We can also follow the suspenseful journey of Winston Smith, a young man who works for the Ministry of Truth, and see how his life turns around.
Should I listen to 1984 audiobook?
Orwell depicts a life where you’re being monitored every second of your life, you should be scared of thinking differently, and free speech is unimaginable. It reveals the danger of unrestrained government authority and the potential for tyranny that it hides.
The audiobook gives light on the fragility of democracy, the importance of safeguarding civil liberties, and the right to free thought and expression in one society.
📝 Book Author: George Orwell
🎙 Audiobook Narrator: Simon Prebble
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