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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yevgeny Zamyatin Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781452671604
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Set in the twenty-sixth century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom. Clarence Brown's brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel, first published in Russia in 1988 after more than sixty years' suppression. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • One of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Irving Howe
  • “[Zamyatin’s] intuitive grasp of the irrational side of totalitarianism—human sacrifice, cruelty as an end in itself—makes [We] superior to Huxley’s [Brave New World].”

    George Orwell

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lu | 5/25/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read. One of the greatest writers I know. And I'm proud he is Russian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 5/25/2011

    " Astounding. Science fiction writers are true fortune tellers. This book is the forrunner to Orwell's 1984. A lesson in what happens when individualism is erased from society. Scary concept. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/18/2011

    " This was a good read - clearly tied to the time and place in history in which it was written, but no less accomplished for it. The challenge for me was to look past the political reading, which is in many ways the most superficial or obvious, to explore other allegorical aspects in the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 William | 5/17/2011

    " Couldn't even get in to this book. Garbled science fiction mixed with awkward poetry. I'm glad Orwell enjoyed it so I didn't have to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 4/19/2011

    " Tired of the same old Huxley or Orwellian dystopia? Give this a try (although it may tread close to the aforementioned). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alma | 4/15/2011

    " I read this during a Dystopian literature course where i found that this was the only book I could actually willingly read. It was a great book with an interesting plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ken | 4/2/2011

    " Very disjointed story, tough to follow; which might be the result of the translation from Russian. This novel led to the creation of the novel "1984" by George Orwell with numerous similarities in the two stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riley | 4/1/2011

    " An anti-utopian novel written by a Russian author shortly after the Bolshevik revolution, this book supposedly had great influence on George Orwell’s “1984.” I enjoyed it a lot and saw shades of the satire of Gogol and the pathos Dostoyevsky. "

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About the Author
Author Yevgeny Zamyatin

Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884–1937) was a naval architect by profession whose lifetime spanned both tsarist and communist Russia, both of which forced him into exile. He wrote short stories, plays, and essays, but he is best known for his dystopian masterpiece We, which was written in 1920–21 and soon translated into most of the world’s languages but did not appear in Russia until 1988. Other notable works include The Islanders, A Fisher of Men, and A Provincial Tale.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.