• by Georges Orwell
  • Narrated by Christian Gonon
  • 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent narration, great story, not easy French.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've read a number of novels in French but it's not my native language. I thought this would be a good first French audiobook because of the relatively simple story. I misremembered how subtle the story really is. I'm alternating listening to a chapter of the English version, and then a chapter of this version. Very enjoyable that way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

The first "hatred" scene. So much scarier than the teenage me remembered--especially after listening to some WWII history, including the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

Any additional comments?

Please offer more classics in French--English-language as well as French literature. As of now the choice is pretty limited, but my guess French and Spanish are the two most popular second languages (acquired, at least) for Anglophones.

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- Joshua Krist


What did you love best about 1984?

I read this book years ago. Just now listened to the narration and found it extraordinary. It's apropos to current events.

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- Kathy Russell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2015
  • Publisher: Gallimard