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Author: George Orwell Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The BBC Radio 4 Dramas Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9781445897608
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Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover each act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party. 

Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent—even in the mind. For those with original thoughts, they invented Room 101.

The world-changing novel 1984 is George Orwell’s terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime. Christopher Eccleston, Tim Pigott-Smith, and Pippa Nixon star in this drama, adapted by Jonathan Holloway, part of BBC Radio 4’s Real George Orwell season.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is probable that no other work of this generation has made us desire freedom more earnestly or loathe tyranny with such fullness.”

    New York Times

  • “It is probable that no other work of this generation has made us desire freedom more earnestly or loathe tyranny with such fullness.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book…Orwell’s theory of power is developed brilliantly.”

    New Yorker

  • “Orwell’s novel escorts us so quietly, so directly, and so dramatically from our own day to the fate which may be ours in the future, that the experience is a blood-chilling one.”

    Saturday Review

  • 1984 is a remarkable book; as a virtuoso literary performance it has a sustained brilliance that has rarely been matched in other works of its genre…It is as timely as the label on a poison bottle.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “Among the seminal texts of the twentieth century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real…The brilliance of the novel is Orwell’s prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language—and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell…It ranks among the most terrifying novels every written.”, editorial review

  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

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About the Author

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

January LaVoy, winner of numerous Earphones Awards for narration, is an American actress best known for her character Noelle Ortiz on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. In addition to working extensively in narration and television, including roles on Law & Order and All My Children, she has worked on and off Broadway as well as in regional theater.