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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,697 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Orwell Narrator: Richard Brown Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Gordon Comstock is a poor young man who works by day in a grubby London bookstore and spends his evenings shivering in a rented room, trying to write. Gordon has published a slim volume of verse and is determined to keep free of the “money world” of safe, lucrative jobs, marriage, and family responsibilities. This world, to Gordon, spells the end of art and aspidistra, the homely, indestructible house plant that stands in every middle-class British window.

Gordon’s sweetheart, Rosemary, understands him: she is patient with his pride and lack of funds. But then, as it happens with all lovers, events overtake them.

Orwell’s picture of the “money world,” as Gordon sees it, is in his best satirical vein.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gritty, growling, commonsensical and touching.  [Orwell] never wrote a basically kinder or more human novel.”


  •  “A remarkable novel...A summa of all the criticisms of a commercial civilization that have ever been made.”

    Lionel Trilling

  • “A delightful addition to the Orwell literature…A work Orwell enthusiasts will bracket with Down and Out in Paris and London.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Richard Brown reads in a clear voice and effectively captures the rhythms of the text.”

    Library Journal

  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 49 Underrated Books You Really Need to Read

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amanda LeDixon | 2/3/2014

    " I don't know what it is about this book, but it reminds me of my brother. I loved it. There is something very pure about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Darren Lyle | 2/3/2014

    " After reading Down and Out in Paris and London, which is non-fiction, it was fascinating reading this fiction book. Orwell explores poverty, and what it does to people, in a very compelling and interesting way. Very impressed with both books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ami | 2/1/2014

    " Highly recommended for those who seek the "artsy" lifestyle and soon thereafter, realize the true struggles associated with it. Also recommended for aspiring writers, as it chronicles the tale of one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tina | 1/31/2014

    " Magnificent book. I instantly related to it, definitely recommend. "

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