Extended Audio Sample

Download Burmese Days: A Novel Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Burmese Days: A Novel Audiobook, by George Orwell Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,771 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Orwell Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781455170067
Regular Price: $19.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Colonial politics in 1930 Kyauktada, India come to a head when the European Club, previously for whites only, is ordered to elect one token native member. The deeply racist members do their best to manipulate the situation, resulting in the loss not only of reputations, but of lives.

Amidst this cynical setting, timber merchant James Flory stands as a bridge between the warring factions, a Brit with a genuine appreciation for the native people and culture. But he has trouble acting on his feelings, and the significance of his vote, both social and political, weighs on him. When Elizabeth Lackersteen arrives, blonde, eligible, and anti-intellectual, Flory finds himself the hapless suitor.

Orwell alternates between grand-scale political intrigue and nuanced social interaction, mining his own Colonial Indian heritage to create a monument of historical fiction.

Download and start listening now!

BK_BLAK_004785

Quotes & Awards

  • “An absorbing story…The character of Lieutenant Verrall (who despised the club members from his own superior heaven of army and blue blood) is a masterpiece of acid delineation.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “A well integrated, fast-moving story of what life was like in a remote backcountry Asiatic station.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Can take an honorable place beside A Passage to India.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Orwell is a master at telling stories with bitter, satiric tone, and these adapt well to audio. Frederick Davidson reads with competence and just the right amount of affectation.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 2/14/2014

    " My favorite Orwell, with my favorite line: "It is one of the tragedies of the half-educated that they develop late, when they are already committed to some wrong way of life". A tragedy of racism and class set among lower level British functionaries in India, where the one somewhat honorable person is destroyed by love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hunter Marston | 2/11/2014

    " It was a bit melodramatic and underdeveloped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Eisenmenger | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It gave some insight into the colonial period in Burma and the treatment of people at that time period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charles | 1/29/2014

    " This book is so depressing, not in the majority of it, which I found fascinating and interesting to learn about colonial Burma. The main character is the typical quasi-depressed Orwell protagonist. I was in to him though. The ending was catastrophically depressing. Such an unnecessary and melodramatic kick in the stomach that I swore I would never read Orwell again. The man cannot end a story without death, despair and misery -- especially if he thinks it advances some shocking social/political point, which in this case, does not. It's just a huge let-down. I would have given it 1 star (or less if possible) but so much of it I did enjoy before its end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Effie | 1/17/2014

    " I picked this up off a street vendor in Burma and enjoyed it immensely. So quirky, so insightful...with a touch of dark, dark humor. Makes me want to read everything Orwell wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/16/2014

    " I like the story, but this book is a bit difficult to read due to the lack of actual chapters - I like having a formal "stopping" place. You can definitely see some of Orwell's opinions against the empire emerging in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve | 1/14/2014

    " I know this is Orwell, but I didn't buy into it. I just don't care for the setting or the characters. I stuck through it, but am left wondering why this is an important work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Urquhart | 1/4/2014

    " As bleak as it was tragic. Still - worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 12/24/2013

    " orwell was a genius. his essays are mind blowing but i think this novel is really strange and special. and of course there's 1984, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie | 12/17/2013

    " If you like George Orwell and you want to learn a little command Burmese, this book is for you. But don't take my word for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saya Hashimoto | 12/17/2013

    " Pretty kewl actually. Was good to read after just having been in S.E Asia. Lots of mocking the colonial attitude. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniela | 11/30/2013

    " One of my thousand favorite Authors! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denny Stein | 11/27/2013

    " Have to give it 5 stars for the writing. Orwell is a master of the craft. The characters, the setting, the societal norms are gross and engrossing. Such a totally different age. A good reminder of the inequalities and insular thinking inherent in power. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 11/8/2013

    " Want to finish some time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Eich | 11/1/2013

    " Prose perfection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Cummings | 10/6/2013

    " Orwell's most evocative novel. This is what he wrote before he succumbed to the demands of England's literary elite. Corruption in the Tropics, my favourite subject. You can hear the crickets chirping in the swamps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 8/8/2013

    " Read it relaxing on a beach in Ngapali, Burma. Extraodinary piece of writing documenting the colonial life one century ago in Burma. I found especially interesting some cultural details of the Burmese society back then that Orwell provides. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick\ | 7/21/2013

    " Moves like tropical heat. Shows he can write. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean-Marie Schlömer | 10/1/2012

    " Not Orwell's best (though that's a ridiculously meaningless thing to say about the author of 1984), but a solid story about imperialism and the impact of how and where one is born upon one's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Russell | 8/20/2012

    " A nice little story about the futility of colonialism, but I felt that Orwell covered that territory more effectively (and in far fewer pages) in his essay Shooting An Elephant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anusha | 6/17/2012

    " Interesting historical fiction book about the British occupation of India and Burma. I enjoyed it, but wasn't expecting it after I read "1984". George Orwell is clearly a very talented writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 4/17/2012

    " Depressing but really good. Everyone should read it, at least to see one (Orwell's) perspective on the English colonization of India. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rozanne | 2/2/2012

    " I'm on a George Orwell kick. Go figure. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author George Orwell

George Orwell (1903–1950), the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, was an English novelist, essayist, and critic. He was born in India and educated at Eton. After service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living by writing and became notable for his simplicity of style and his journalistic or documentary approach to fiction.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.