- The Authorized Biography
- Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
- Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-05-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Shelden reveals the author of 1984 and Animal Farm as a lively, engaging literary personality. Few writers can rival Orwell’s experience of history: being shot through the throat in the Spanish Civil War, holding the position of colonial police superintendent in Burma, and living through the Blitz. Shelden restores a sense of drama and passion to this writer’s life and shows him to be a captivating, even heroic character struggling against great public and private turmoil.
About the author: Michael Shelden spent 12 years as a feature writer for the Daily Telegraph in London and as a fiction critic for the Baltimore Sun. He has written several biographies, including Orwell, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. He is currently a professor of English at Indiana State University.
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By Lakeman on 01-02-15
Good biography, poor narration
Orwell was a fascinating man, and this is a very solid biography. But as an audiobook, i was disappointed. The narration is lifeless, making the book sound far more dull than it should. The strange sing-song rendition constantly reminds you that this is just a book being read aloud by a bloke in a studio, rather than a story being told. Sounds like he's going through the motions, never fully engaged with the text. In retrospect, I would have enjoyed the printed version more. Clearly, this is a subjective view. Others may like the way it is read.
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