“1984” by George Orwell – narrated by Simon Prebble

I did not like this book. Not because it was poorly written or badly narrated. I just did not like it. I did not like the way it made me feel. I did not like the overwhelming sense of hopelessness. I did not like the torture. I did not like the condemnation of human beings.

This was the ultimate dystopia. Was it perhaps the first dystopia? I don’t know enough about classic literature. I honestly don’t know what I was expecting. I mean everyone has heard of “1984” right? All Apple fans are familiar with Apple’s Macintosh 1984 commercial right? (I just got shills playing that video btw)

I suppose I should have known this book was kind of a horror novel before the likes of Stephen King. Why did I think it was about crazy spying computers? Why did I think it would be a good follow-up to a book I adored about hacking? I don’t know. I was so glad when it was over though. *shudder*

Now I understand the tweets I’ve read expressing outrage at some 1984 movie making it a love story. It is most definitely not a love story. Sure there’s a man and woman in the book who are physically attracted to one another but that’s far from a love story.Rats. Oh the rats. *Not* a love story.

The fact that Orwell was so ahead of his time is the astonishing part. The brands of technology he predicted would take place in 1984 was no where near what did take place but the oh must take a break because my iPad just started speaking from the other room right as I was about to mention the telescreens and now my hands won’t stop shaking if you’ve read this book you know why oh no oh no I must stop this now how to even assign a rating since I just did not like it because it was absolutely terrifying ok if it forces such a response then it gets a rating above entertaining oh no I can’t believe the iPad talked when I was looking up telescreens.

Big Brother Is Watching.

Rating: So good!

“1984” at Audible ~ “1984” at Amazon


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3 Responses to “1984” by George Orwell – narrated by Simon Prebble

  1. Did you get the overwhelming urge to google everything, anything, everything, to make sure it still existed?

    I didn’t like this book either. Wrote about it, but I don’t think as succinctly as you.

    I never want to hear a song about a chestnut tree.
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  2. Denis

    What moronic responses to one of the greatest works in world literature. I thought Prebble’s narration was wonderful also.

  3. Ro

    Hi Denis. I couldn’t remember what I had written about this book, so I came back to read my post after publishing your comment. I’m curious what you find moronic? i agree that this book is a great work of our time. That doesn’t mean I have to like it. As I stated in the review, the reason I didn’t like it was not based on how it was written. It simply made me feel awful and bleak. the aim of every writer is to induce strong feelings in the reader, which definitely happened hear. I think Orwell would say mission accomplished. I would really like to know what about my feelings is moronic? I suppose if my feelings are moronic, I too, must be moronic, which is an opinion you have the right to share, I would just like to know why.

    Yes, Prebble’s narration is wonderful.
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