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1984

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Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this dramatically popular book. George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him. The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's nightmare vision of the world we were becoming in 1949 is still the great modern classic portrait of a negative Utopia.

©1949 Harcourt Brace and Company, renewed 1977 Sonia Brownell Orwell (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Narrator: Simon Prebble
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
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Thaumaturge

160 ratings

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The Spellmonger in exile! When Minalan the Spellmonger was exiled from his beloved mageland of Sevendor by Prince Tavard, his friend Duke Anguin made him Count Palatine of the Magelaw, a vast realm in the Alshari Wilderlands with which Minalan is all too familiar. After the goblin invasion, the province is devastated, ruined, and peopled almost only by freed slaves. But Minalan has brought his recovering wife and family into exile with him, and he views their impoverished fief as an opportunity to build a new City of Magi in the wilderness. To assist, he recruits some of his closest friends among the High Magi: Mavone, the military intelligence specialist; Sandoval, the marshal in charge of recruiting Minalan’s army; Carmella, whose genius for defensive magics will be key; Gareth, whose ambition to create knows no bounds; and Terleman, perhaps the greatest tactical warmage of his time. Together, Minalan knows that they can build his new city, Vanador, into an anvil that can blunt the thrust of the dark forces that rise against them. For the first of three Nemovorti have come to the Penumbra, and Gaja Katar has vowed to wipe humanity from the face of the world. Yet he is far from the worst of Minalan's worries. For the powerful Sea Folk have sent an emissary to see the Spellmonger, and the news he bears will change the fate of all. Minalan's only hope is to rely on his cunning and his ability as a Thaumaturge!

©2019 Terry Mancour (P)2020 Podium Publishing

Length: 28 hrs and 47 mins
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Animal Farm [Dramatised]

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"All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others."

Animal Farm - the history of a revolution that went wrong - is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power. Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges....

Tamsin Greig, Nicky Henson, and Toby Jones star in this new drama, part of BBC Radio 4's The Real George Orwell season - a Radio 4 journey that explores the disjuncture between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell.

©2013 AudioGO Ltd (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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The Road to Wigan Pier

117 ratings

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A graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas explored in his later works and novels.

©2012 Canongate Books (P)2012 George Orwell

Narrator: Jeremy Northam
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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Animal Farm

100 ratings

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Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in the UK in 1945. It is the tale of farm animals that rebel against the farmer, intending to establish a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. With stirring slogans, they set out to create utopia. However, the rebellion is betrayed and the farm ends up in a state worse than it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon.  This is the setting for one of the most revealing satiric fables of all time - an acerbic tale for adults that records the process from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism which is even worse. When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was its target. Today it is quite clear that wherever and whenever freedom is suppressed, the message of George Orwell’s masterpiece is still relevant. Time Magazine chose the book as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It also features at number 31 on the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Novels.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Adriel Brandt
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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1984

57 ratings

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"De tous les carrefours importants, le visage à la moustache noire vous fixait du regard. BIG BROTHER VOUS REGARDE, répétait la légende, tandis que le regard des yeux noirs pénétrait les yeux de Winston... Au loin, un hélicoptère glissa entre les toits, plana un moment, telle une mouche bleue, puis repartit comme une flèche, dans un vol courbe. C'était une patrouille qui venait mettre le nez aux fenêtres des gens. Mais les patrouilles n'avaient pas d'importance. Seule comptait la Police de la Pensée." Christian Gonon interprète avec virtuosité un des plus grands textes de George Orwell : avec lui, nous entrons dans le monde totalitaire de Big Brother, à la frontière entre science-fiction et réalité.

©1950 Éditions Gallimard (P)2014 Éditions Gallimard

Narrator: Christian Gonon
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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1984

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1984 is a novel by the British author George Orwell in 1949. Considered a classic of dystopian fiction, the book has contributed many terms to common usage, including Big Brother, doublethink, newspeak, and thoughtcrime, while the adjective Orwellian in the context of government deception, surveillance, and misleading terminology has entered the English language.  The narrative unfolds in an imagined future when most of the world has fallen prey to omnipresent government surveillance, propaganda, and endless war. Great Britain has become a province of the super state Oceania, which is ruled by the Party, whose leader is called Big Brother. The Party employs the Thought Police to persecute individuality and independent thinking. Winston Smith, the protagonist, is an ordinary worker who secretly despises the Party and dreams of rebellion.  Time Magazine included the novel on its 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005, and it is placed at number 13 on the editor’s list and at number six on the reader’s list of Modern Library's 100 Best Novels.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Adriel Brandt
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
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Homage to Catalonia

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Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell’s account of his experiences fighting in the Spanish Civil War, and a portrait of disillusionment with his early politics. Orwell’s experiences include being shot in the neck by a sniper, and being forced into hiding as factions of the Left battled on the streets of Barcelona. Orwell entered Spain intending to gather an experience worth writing about, as well as to fight Fascism, and wrote Homage to Catalonia within months of his return. His honesty and bitterness make for an unparalleled account of his journey from belief and enthusiasm to a reluctant loss of ideals. This audio edition includes two appendices, essays Orwell added to the book giving some background to the Spanish Civil War, and his biting analysis of the press response.

©2011 CSA Word (P)2011 CSA Word

Narrator: Jeremy Northam
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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The Woefield Poultry Collective

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Woefield Farm is a sprawling thirty acres of scrub land, complete with dilapidated buildings and one half-sheared, lonely sheep named Bertie. It’s “run” - in the loosest possible sense of the word - by Prudence Burns, an energetic, well-intentioned twenty-something New Yorker full of back-to- the-land ideals, but without an iota of related skills or experience. Prudence, who inherited the farm from her uncle, soon discovers that the bank is about to foreclose on Woefield Farm, which means that Prudence has to turn things around, fast. But fear not! She’ll be assisted by Earl, a spry seventy-something, banjo-playing foreman with a distrust of newfangled ideas and a substantial family secret; Seth, the alcoholic, celebrity-blogging boy-next-door, who hasn’t left the house since a scandal with his high-school drama teacher; and Sara Spratt, a highly organized eleven-year-old looking for a home for her prizewinning chickens, including one particularly randy fellow soon to be christened Alec Baldwin. Full of offbeat charm and characters you won’t soon forget, The Woefield Poultry Collective is a heartwarming novel about learning how to take on a challenge, facing your fears, and finding friendship in the most unlikely of places. With alternating narratives, Susan Juby shows how a team of misfits can find acceptance and success, even with - and sometimes in spite of - their highly unorthodox approach.

©2011 Susan Juby (P)2011 HarperCollins Canada

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Down and Out in Paris and London

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Orwell's own experiences inspire this semi-autobiographical novel about a man living in Paris in the early 1930s without a penny. The narrator's poverty brings him into contact with strange incidents and characters, which he manages to chronicle with great sensitivity and graphic power. The latter half of the book takes the English narrator to his home city, London, where the world of poverty is different in externals only. A socialist who believed that the lower classes were the wellspring of world reform, Orwell actually went to live among them in England and on the continent. His novel draws on his experiences of this world, from the bottom of the echelon in the kitchens of posh French restaurants to the free lodging houses, tramps, and street people of London. In the tales of both cities, we learn some sobering truths about poverty and society.

©1962 S. M. Pitt-Rivers (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic dystopian novel by English author George Orwell. Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totalitarian regime. Read by gritty and accomplished actor Philip Glenister from the acclaimed crime series Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. The story follows the life of one seemingly insignificant man, Winston Smith, a civil servant assigned the task of falsifying records and political literature, thus effectively perpetuating propaganda, who grows disillusioned with his meagre existence and so begins an ultimately futile rebellion against the system. The novel has become famous for its portrayal of surveillance and society's increasing encroachment on the rights of the individual. Since its publication, the terms Big Brother and Orwellian have entered the popular vernacular. This is a special celebratory release to celebrate 60 years since Nineteen Eighty-Four was first published.

©2009 CSA Word (P)2009 CSA Word

Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
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La Ferme des animaux

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Un certain 21 juin eut lieu en Angleterre la révolte des animaux. Les cochons dirigent le nouveau régime. Snowball et Napoléon, cochons en chef, affichent un règlement : "Tout ce qui est sur deux jambes est un ennemi. Tout ce qui est sur quatre jambes ou possède des ailes est un ami. Aucun animal ne portera de vêtements. Aucun animal ne dormira dans un lit. Aucun animal ne boira d'alcool. Aucun animal ne tuera un autre animal. Tous les animaux sont égaux."

Le temps passe. La pluie efface les commandements. L'âne, un cynique, arrive encore à déchiffrer : "Tous les animaux sont égaux, mais (il semble que cela ait été rajouté) il y en a qui le sont plus que d'autres."

©1945 Eric Blair. Traduit par Jean Queval (P)1981 Éditions Champ Libre, Paris; 2018 Éditions Champ Libre, Paris

Narrator: Jennifer Decker
Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
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The Very Best of George Orwell: 1984 and Animal Farm

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George Orwell (1903-1950) was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic, best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) and the dystopian novel 1984 (1949). Animal Farm is Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution. The farm animals rise up against Farmer Jones and transform the Manor Farm into Animal Farm, an egalitarian society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. In 1984, the protagonist, Winston Smith ,wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a state where the Party scrutinizes every human action with Big Brother. Defying a ban on individualism, Winston expresses his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with his colleague, Julia. These criminal acts bring Winston to the attention of Big Brother.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Adriel Brandt
Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
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Keep the Aspidistra Flying

7 ratings

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Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life. Through the character of Gordon Comstock, Orwell reveals his own disaffection with the society he once himself renounced.

©2011 CSA Word (P)2011 CSA Word

Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Homage to Catalonia

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In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the P.O.U.M. militia to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the P.O.U.M. was suppressed. As important as the story of the war itself is Orwell's analysis of why the Communist Party sabotaged the workers' revolution and branded the P.O.U.M. as Trotskyist, which provides an essential key to understanding the outcome of the war and an ironic sidelight on international Communism. It was during this period in Spain that Orwell learned for himself the nature of totalitarianism in practice, an education that laid the groundwork for his great books Animal Farm and 1984.

©1980 The Estate of the Late Sonia Brownell Orwell (P)1992 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
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1984 [Spanish Edition]

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En el año 1984 Londres es una ciudad lúgubre en la que la Policía del Pensamiento controla de forma asfixiante la vida de los ciudadanos. Winston Smith es un peón de este engranaje perverso y su cometido es reescribir la historia para adaptarla a lo que el Partido considera la versión oficial de los hechos. Hasta que decide replantearse la verdad del sistema que los gobierna y somete. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1987 Herederos de Sonia Brownell Orwell (P)2015 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S. A. U.

Narrator: Arturo López
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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Orwell Collection

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Audible Studios presents two new recordings of George Orwell's most celebrated novels – 1984 and Animal Farm – with exclusive introductions, written and performed by Stephen Fry.  1984 The classic dystopian social science fiction novel first published on 8th June 1949 as Orwell's ninth and final book completed in his lifetime. One of the most brilliant satires on totalitarianism and the power-hungry ever written, introducing new language as words of warning for future generations; 1984, Newspeak, Doublethink, Thought Police, Big Brother is watching you....  Animal Farm One of the most influential works of the 20th century. A socio-political allegory that reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Set in a farmyard, where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. Four legs good, two legs bad.... About the narrator Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all-round national treasure. Whilst at university, Fry became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator and friend Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. Fry’s acting roles include Blackadder, Kingdom, Bones, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Hobbit trilogy. He has written and presented several documentary series and as a proudly out gay man, the award-winning Out There, documenting the lives of lesbian, bisexual gay and transgender people around the world is part of his 30-year advocacy of the rights of the LGBT community. Fry has written four novels, The Liar, The Hippopotamus (made in to a feature film in 2018), Making History and The Stars’ Tennis Balls. Translated into many languages, they have never been out of print. The most recently published works are Mythos and Heroes, constituting the first two parts of what will be a trilogy retelling the Greeks myths from the Creation to the aftermath of the Trojan War. Troy was published in November 2020. Includes original theme music by renowned composer Carly Paradis, who is known for scoring the BBC’s Line of Duty and Netflix’s production of The Innocents. Featuring strings performed by Robert Ames, co-founder of the world-famous London Contemporary Orchestra. 

Public Domain (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
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Beyond Religion

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In 1999 His Holiness The Dalai Lama published the best-selling Ancient Wisdom: Modern World, which addressed the question of ethics for the new millennium. A decade later, His Holiness enters the contemporary debate about religion vs atheism and returns to the theme of ethics with a major new work: Beyond Religion: ethics for a whole world. In this thought-provoking new book, he argues that religion is not a necessity for pursuing a spiritual life. Rather, focusing on tolerance and understanding between religions, as well as tolerance and understanding between believers (of any faith) and non-believers is the way forward. The way to achieve such an approach, he proposes, is through a system of secular ethics grounded in a deep appreciation of our common humanity. Aimed particularly at the general listener, Beyond Religion is a modern-day polemic which outlines those ethics he believes should be central to our lives. Thandie Newton has starred in Hollywood blockbusters such as Mission: Impossible II opposite Tom Cruise, The Pursuit of Happiness opposite Will Smith, and in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla. She won critical acclaim for her role in Crash, for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and she has also had a regular role in the television series ER.

©2011 His Holiness the Dalai Lama (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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1984 [French Version]

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1984, le livre légendaire écrit par George Orwell, enfin disponible dans une nouvelle traduction française. Un regard terrifiant sur l'avenir et une menace très claire sur ce que pourrait être notre futur, avec un État omniprésent et ultra-répressif. 1984 est le livre incontournable de l'anticipation distopique. L'histoire : Dans le futur, le monde a été divisé en trois empires qui se combattent en permanence : L'Océanie, l'Asie de l'Est et l'Eurasie. 1984 se passe à Londres, dans l'Océanie, une dictature. Winston Smith est le personnage principal du roman, un agent du Parti qui travaille au ministère de la Vérité. Son travail consiste à réécrire les articles de presse et modifier les données de l'État afin que tout correspondent à la vision du Parti unique. Big Brother est le chef invisible du Parti, mais ses portraits sont partout. Chacun est constamment surveillé, d'où le slogan "Big Brother vous regarde". Trois slogans sont omniprésents : "La guerre c'est la paix", "La liberté c'est l'esclavage", "L'ignorance c'est la force" ; quatre ministères l'organisent - Vérité, Paix, Amour, Abondance -, et la population est répartie en trois classes - le Parti intérieur (les dirigeants), le Parti extérieur (ceux qui servent le pouvoir), et les prolétaires. "Dans cette contre-utopie cinglante, Orwell propose une réflexion sur la ruine de l'homme par la confiscation de la pensée et la prolifération de la technocratie". Cette vision du futur est elle improbable ? A vous d'en juger...

©2021 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2021 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Patrick Blandin
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
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Animal Farm

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Brought to you by Penguin.   'All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.'  When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control.  Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: Adam Buxton
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
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1984

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George Orwell (1903-1950) was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. Considered a classic of dystopian fiction, 1984 has contributed many terms to common usage, including "Big Brother", "doublethink", "newspeak", and "thoughtcrime", while the adjective "Orwellian" has entered the English language in the context of government deception, surveillance, and misleading terminology. The narrative unfolds in an imagined future when most of the world has fallen prey to omnipresent government surveillance, propaganda, and endless war. In the novel 1984, the protagonist Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a state where the Party scrutinizes every human action with Big Brother. Defying a ban on individualism, Winston expresses his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with his colleague, Julia. These criminal acts bring Winston to the attention of Big Brother.

©1949 George Orwell (P)2020 Woodkeep Audio

Narrator: Victor Craig
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
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The Most Famous Dystopias

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The best dystopian novels of all time. 1984 is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime lead by The Party and Ministry of Truth. We is a dystopian novel by Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin. The novel describes a world of harmony and conformity within a united totalitarian state. It is believed that the novel had a huge influence on the works of Orwell and Huxley, as well as on the emergence of the genre of dystopia. Aldous Huxley presents a future where the World Controllers have created the ideal society in Brave New World. All its members are happy consumers. Contents: George Orwell - 1984 Yevgeny Zamyatin - We Aldous Huxley - Brave New World

Public Domain (P)2020 Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing

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Essays

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The articles collected in George Orwell’s Essays illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century - a man who elevated political writing to an art. This outstanding collection brings together Orwell’s longer, major essays and a fine selection of shorter pieces that includes “My Country Right or Left”, “Decline of the English Murder”, “Shooting an Elephant", and “A Hanging”.  With great originality and wit, Orwell unfolds his views on subjects ranging from a revaluation of Charles Dickens to the nature of Socialism, from a comic yet profound discussion of naughty seaside postcards to a spirited defense of English cooking. Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose, Orwell’s essays created a unique literary manner from the process of thinking aloud and continue to challenge, move, and entertain.

©1984 Estate of the Late Sonia Brownell Orwell (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Hyde-White
Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
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Politics and the English Language: And Other Essays

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Biographer Michael Shelden called Orwell’s Politics and the English Language “his most important essay on style”. First published in 1946, the essay exploded the language trends of the time and served as an inflection point in the debate about communication in the 20th century. This collection of essays published 1946-48 provides a comprehensive critique of the status of politics and speech in the mid-century.  In addition to the eponymous title, five other essays are included in this edition: "Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver’s Travels", "The Prevention of Literature", "Why I Write", "Writers and Leviathan", and "Poetry and the Microphone". With themes that are relevant in the age of political correctness, texting, and meme warfare, Orwell’s warnings and practical suggestions are perhaps more important today than ever.

©2021 New Classic Books (P)2021 New Classic Books

Narrator: Jackson Moss
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
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Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Brought to you by Penguin.   'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'   Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party.  Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party.  In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow worker, Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: Peter Capaldi
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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NBC University Theater: 1984

Summary

NBC University Theater initially started in Chicago with a remit to bring adaptations of classic novels, usually Anglo-American, to a radio audience. Additionally, if listeners signed up, they received college credit to a radio-assisted correspondence course. A study guide, The Handbook of the World's Great Novels, was available for 25 cents.   In its later years, it also included short stories and plays, and went on to win the distinguished Peabody award. Unlike many other radio shows, University Theater, did not pursue glamorous stars for its productions, but instead relied on excellent distillations of the novels. and first-class acting alongside high production values. But now it is time to enjoy these timeless novels. Let’s begin.

©2019 Deadtree Publishing (P)2019 Copyright Group

Length: 55 mins
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La Fattoria degli animali

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La satira classica della rivoluzione russa di George Orwell è una parte intima della nostra cultura contemporanea, citata così spesso che tendiamo a dimenticare chi ha scritto le parole originali. È un resoconto della coraggiosa lotta che trasforma la fattoria terriera del signor Jones in fattoria degli animali, una società interamente democratica costruita sul credo che tutti gli animali sono creati uguali. Per intelligenza, i maiali Napoleone, Squealer e Palla di neve emergono come leader della nuova comunità in una sottile evoluzione che porta una insidiosa familiarità. Il culmine è il brutale tradimento di uno degli animali, quando il dominio totalitario viene ristabilito con il pittogramma macchiato di sangue allo slogan fondatore: ma alcuni animali sono più uguali di altri.

©2021 David De Angelis. Tradotto da Michele Mari (P)2021 David De Angelis

Narrator: Vita Wulff
Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
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La fattoria degli animali

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Gli Animali della Fattoria Padronale cospirano contro il loro padrone, il terribile signor Jones, e decidono di ribellarsi ai soprusi e alle privazioni a cui li sottopone. Sotto la guida dei maiali, si appropriano della fattoria, e inaugurano un nuovo ordine basato sull'uguaglianza e sulla parità di diritti tra loro. I maiali, però, in breve si impongono con prepotenza sulle altre bestie e si trasformano nei nuovi padroni dei cavalli, delle mucche, dei polli, delle pecore: li ingannano con proclami sull'uguaglianza che di fatto non ci sarà mai. Ci saranno invece lavoro durissimo, maltrattamenti e poco cibo. In questo straordinario romanzo pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1945, George Orwell si fa beffa del regime dittatoriale, più precisamente dello stalinismo, dimostrando che è sempre ingannevole. Attraverso le sue metafore davvero indimenticabili, evidenzia quanto, per gli umili, la giustizia e la felicità siano obbiettivi difficili da raggiungere, praticamente utopistici. Questa versione audioBook sceneggiata è stata realizzata con la partecipazione di undici attori italiani di rilievo; le loro voci, insieme alle ambientazioni e al sound design vi faranno vivere un'esperienza d'ascolto sorprendente. Versione integrale.

©dominio pubblico (P)2020 GOODmood

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La fattoria degli animali

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Quando gli animali oppressi e sfruttati della Fattoria "Il Maniero" si ribellano al padrone e s'impossessano della tenuta, a guidarli è la speranza di dare inizio a una nuova società più libera e giusta. Ma a poco a poco una nuova élite brutale e prepotente, capeggiata dai maiali Snowball e Napoleon, assume il controllo della fattoria. Ben presto gli animali scoprono di non essere tutti uguali come credevano, e si ritrovano intrappolati in un'altra forma di tirannia.  È la storia di una rivoluzione finita male. Orwell scrisse il romanzo alla fine del 1943 e faticò a trovare un editore: le accuse pesanti al regime staliniano, a quel tempo alleato del Regno Unito, furono causa di molti rifiuti. Pubblicata nel 1945, questa tragica fiaba è subito diventata un classico.

©2021 Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore (P)2021 Emons Italia S.r.l.

Narrator: Pietro Sermonti
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
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Homage to Catalonia

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Brought to you by Penguin. 'Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it'.  Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia. Here he brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode: the revolutionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of ordinary Spanish men and women he fought alongside, the terror and confusion of the front, his near-fatal bullet wound and the vicious treachery of his supposed allies. A firsthand account of the brutal conditions of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia includes an introduction by Julian Symons in Penguin Modern Classics.

©2020 George Orwell (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Rory Alexander
Category: History, Military
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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George Orwell: A BBC Radio Collection

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A radio anthology of George Orwell's finest novels, memoirs and essays, plus four biographical dramas and a bonus documentary, The Road to Nineteen Eighty-Four. Visionary author and journalist George Orwell was the man behind two of the best loved and most influential novels of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. This collection celebrating his life and work features dramatisations of both these classic books, with stellar casts including Christopher Eccleston, Pippa Nixon, Tim Pigott-Smith, Tamsin Greig and Nicky Henson. Also included is a drama based on his autobiographical account of the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia, starring Joseph Millson and Lyndsey Marshal. Four biographical radio plays by Mike Walker and Jonathan Holloway - Burma, Dreaming, Loving and Jura - explore further episodes in Orwell's fascinating life, showing the disconnection between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell. Timeless examples of his essays and journalism are showcased here, including 'A Hanging', 'Confessions of a Book Reviewer', 'My Country Right or Left', 'Pleasure Spots' and 'As I Please' (all read by Clive Merrison), while Joseph Millson narrates Down and Out in Paris and London, Orwell's vivid memoir of his time living among the poor in Europe's two great cities. Finally, in The Road to Nineteen Eighty-Four, David Aaronovitch examines what led avowed socialist George Orwell to write a book beloved of the Right, revealing how the novel grew from a forgotten political world shaped by the atom bomb. George Orwell worked for BBC Radio from August 1941 to November 1943, and even went on air himself. Sadly, none of the programmes in which he took part survive - in those days, radio was essentially a live medium and broadcasts were not recorded for posterity. But Orwell's connection to the BBC remains a fascinating part of its wartime history.

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Essays

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Brought to you by Penguin. The articles collected in George Orwell's Essays illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century - a man who elevated political writing to an art. This outstanding collection brings together Orwell's longer, major essays and a fine selection of shorter pieces that includes 'My Country Right or Left', 'Decline of the English Murder', 'Shooting an Elephant' and 'A Hanging'. With great originality and wit Orwell unfolds his views on subjects ranging from a revaluation of Charles Dickens to the nature of socialism, from a comic yet profound discussion of naughty seaside postcards to a spirited defence of English cooking. Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose, Orwell's essays created a unique literary manner from the process of thinking aloud and continue to challenge, move and entertain. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Bernard Crick.

Public Domain (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Ben Arogundade
Length: 24 hrs and 57 mins
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Dystopian Science Fiction Classics Collection: Brave New World, 1984, & Animal Farm

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Dystopian literature is a genre of fictional writing used to explore social and political structures in a nightmarish world. The term dystopia refers to a society characterized by misery, squalor, or oppression, and the theme is most commonly used in science-fiction and speculative-fiction genres.  Dystopian Science Fiction Classics Collection:  Book one: Brave New World. Set in 2540 CE, Brave New World is a dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley that was published in 1932. The novel takes place in a futuristic society called The World State, where life revolves around science and efficiency. Emotions and individuality are conditioned out of children, and citizens are socially engineered into an intelligence-based hierarchy. People are kept in a passive state through their consumption of a soothing drug called soma, and trouble-makers are exiled to various islands. The characters include Bernard Marx, a sleep-learning specialist, Helmholtz Watson, a lecturer, Lenina Crowne, a fetus technician, and John, also known as “Mr. Savage”. Brave New World was ranked at number five on the Modern Library’s 1999 list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.  Book two: 1984 is a novel by the British author George Orwell. Considered a classic of dystopian fiction, the book has contributed many terms to common usage, including "Big Brother", "doublethink", "newspeak", and "thoughtcrime", while the adjective "Orwellian" in the context of government deception, surveillance, and misleading terminology has entered the English language. The narrative unfolds in an imagined future when most of the world has fallen prey to omnipresent government surveillance, propaganda, and endless war. Great Britain has become a province of the super state Oceania, which is ruled by the Party, whose leader is called Big Brother. The Party employs the Thought Police to persecute individuality and independent thinking. Winston Smith, the protagonist, is an ordinary worker who secretly despises the Party and dreams of rebellion. Time Magazine included the novel on its 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005, and it is placed at number 13 on the editor’s list and at number six on the reader’s list of Modern Library's 100 Best Novels.  Book three: Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in the UK in 1945. It is the tale of farm animals that rebel against the farmer, intending to establish a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. With stirring slogans, they set out to create utopia. However, the rebellion is betrayed, and the farm ends up in a state worse than it was before under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon. This is the setting for one of the most revealing satiric fables of all time - an acerbic tale for adults that records the process from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism which is even worse. When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was its target. Today it is quite clear that wherever and whenever freedom is suppressed, the message of George Orwell’s masterpiece is still relevant. Time Magazine chose the book as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It also features at number 31 on the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Novels.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Length: 21 hrs and 35 mins
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Burmese Days

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Brought to you by Penguin.  Based on his experiences as a policeman in Burma, George Orwell's first novel presents a devastating picture of British colonial rule. Burmese Days describes corruption and imperial bigotry in a society where, 'after all, natives were natives'. When Flory, a white timber merchant, befriends Indian Dr Veraswami, he defies this orthodoxy. The doctor is in danger: U Po Kyin, a corrupt magistrate, is plotting his downfall. The only thing that can save him is membership of the all-white Club, and Flory can help. Flory's life is changed further by the arrival of beautiful Elizabeth Lackersteen from Paris, who offers an escape from loneliness and the 'lie' of colonial life.

Public Domain (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Sid Sagar
Length: 10 hrs
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Animal Farm

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The allegorical novella Animal Farm by George Orwell was first published in 1945. It is the story of farm animals that rebel against the farmer, intending to establish a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. With stirring slogans, they set out to create utopia. However, the rebellion is betrayed and the farm ends up in a state worse than it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon. When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was its target. Today, it is quite clear that wherever and whenever freedom is suppressed, the message of George Orwell’s masterpiece is still relevant. Time magazine chose the book as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It also features at number 31 on the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Novels.

©1949 George Orwell (P)2020 Woodkeep Audio

Narrator: Victor Craig
Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
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A Clergyman's Daughter

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Brought to you by Penguin. Intimidated by her father, the rector of Knype Hill, Dorothy performs her submissive roles of dutiful daughter and bullied housekeeper. Her thoughts are taken up with the costumes she is making for the church school play, by the hopelessness of preaching to the poor and by debts she cannot pay in 1930s Depression England.  Suddenly her routine shatters and Dorothy finds herself down and out in London. She is wearing silk stockings, has money in her pocket and cannot remember her name. Orwell leads us through a landscape of unemployment, poverty and hunger, where Dorothy's faith is challenged by a social reality that changes her life.

©2020 George Orwell (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
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1984 [Italian Version]

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Nell'anno 1984 immaginato da George Orwell, il pianeta è governato da tre giganteschi supercontinenti: Oceania, Eurasia ed Estasia, perennemente in guerra tra loro. Winston Smith, il protagonista del romanzo, vive a Londra, città compresa nell'Oceania. È il Grande Fratello il potente e infallibile dittatore e capo supremo di quel continente, nessuno lo ha mai visto di persona ma i suoi giganteschi manifesti incombono su ogni strada e piazza. I cittadini sono continuamente osservati da teleschermi presenti nelle case e nei luoghi di lavoro, la loro vita è controllata e soggetta alle regole totalitaristiche del regime che tutto può. I suoi terribili dirigenti hanno un potere assoluto sulla vita e la morte di tutti. Nonostante le restrizioni e il clima di terrore, Winston Smith inizia a condurre un'esistenza sovversiva. Scritto nel 1948 e pubblicato nel 1949, questo straordinario romanzo è più che mai attuale. Niente sembra fuori tempo nella lucida rappresentazione della società schiacciata dalla dittatura che Orwell aveva immaginato. A giusta ragione 1984 si pone tra i capolavori della letteratura mondiale.

©1949 George Orwell. Tradotto da Paola Ergi (P)2020 GOODmood

Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
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1984

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Orwells Roman über die Zerstörung des Menschen durch eine perfekte Staatsmaschinerie ist längst zu einer scheinbar nicht mehr erklärungsbedürftigen Metapher für totalitäre Verhältnisse geworden. Mit atemberaubender Unerbittlichkeit zeichnet der Autor das erschreckende Bild eines Staates, der seine Bürger ständig überwacht und nicht nur ihr Denken, sondern auch die Vergangenheit manipuliert. Der literarische Erfolg von 1984 verdankt sich einem beklemmenden Wirklichkeitsbezug, dem sich der Hörer nicht entziehen kann.

©1984 Estate of the late Sonia Brownell Orwell, A.M. Heath & co. Ltd. (P)2013 Hörbuch Hamburg HHV GmbH, Hamburg

Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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1984

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Winston Smith lebt in einem totalitären Überwachungsstaat. Von allen Wänden starrt das Bild des Parteiführers "Großer Bruder", selbst in der eigenen Wohnung steht er unter ständiger Beobachtung. Winston, der als Angestellter selbst an der Verfälschung der Geschichte mitarbeitet, ist seit Langem ein Feind des Systems. Als er mit seiner Geliebten Julia den Kampf gegen den Staat aufnimmt, ist ihre Rebellion zum Scheitern verurteilt. Die aufrüttelnde Hörspielproduktion des dystopischen Klassikers ist gerade heute wieder erschreckend aktuell.

©2017 Der Audio Verlag (P)2017 Der Audio Verlag

Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
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