Download George Orwell’s 1984 for Free

Over at the Internet Archive, you can find George Orwell’s classic, 1984, available as a free audio book. As you’ll see, the recording is professionally done. You can download the full zip file here. Or alternatively you can get the individual mp3 files, or stream them, from this page.

On a more permanent basis, you can find Orwell’s 1949 work housed in our Free Audio Book Collection along with lots of other free texts. Here, you will also find Orwell’s other major classic, Animal Farm.

Note: Looking for an easy way to download Orwell’s classics, or any other audio book, for free? Just head over to Audible.com and register for a 14-day free trial. You can download any audio book for free. Then, when the trial is over, you can continue your Audible subscription (as I did), or cancel it, and still keep the audio book. The choice is entirely yours.



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  1. 23 says . . . | October 14, 2008 / 1:17 am

    The best!

  2. Andrea Stevens says . . . | December 1, 2008 / 11:23 am

    1984 by Geroge Orwell

  3. Ron says . . . | January 25, 2009 / 5:43 pm

    Does anyone know what order the files go in if you download 1984? They are numbered already, but not correctly

  4. Ron says . . . | January 25, 2009 / 6:11 pm

    nevermind lol.

  5. Merlene Patterson says . . . | June 1, 2009 / 5:26 am

    I am searching for 1984 by George Orwell

  6. Free Audio Books says . . . | August 29, 2009 / 3:54 am

    Glad to finally have a good audiobook copy of 1984. I’ve got the book, I’ve got the movie, and now I’ve got the audiobook. Thanks for linking to this!

  7. Brittany says . . . | September 30, 2009 / 6:20 pm

    Thanks so much!!!! I love this book, read it in high school, and now am reading it again in college…. since I don’t have a lot of time to devote to reading it… i though I might as well listen to it while I run!

    Thanks again!!

  8. Nikki says . . . | October 7, 2009 / 5:08 am

    Thanks, this is great! I love this book :)

  9. Fernando says . . . | November 14, 2009 / 1:40 pm

    omg thank you

  10. sarah says . . . | January 30, 2010 / 9:15 am

    how the hell do you download this ?

  11. joeJiggler says . . . | April 7, 2010 / 11:19 am

    at correct link:
    right-click > “save target as…”

  12. Chase says . . . | April 26, 2010 / 2:26 pm

    Where is the download link? And how do i download it?

  13. yube says . . . | June 15, 2010 / 6:19 pm

    you can download it were it say “You can download the full zip file here.” click on the blue letters……….and i have to read this for school so thats for the download

  14. Glav says . . . | August 4, 2010 / 3:55 pm

    Thank you soooo much

  15. Fyrefauxe says . . . | November 16, 2010 / 6:18 pm

    Does anyone know if this goes directly to itunes, is abridged, or doesn’t come in order? Lol. I need to read this book for school and I would like to listen to it on tape. BTW…I have A Macbook Pro. Does this function on Mac?

  16. kaka douna says . . . | February 5, 2011 / 2:27 pm

    it is the best american book

  17. Roddy C says . . . | February 7, 2011 / 3:15 pm

    kaka douna says . . .
    “it is the best american book”

    In what way is it American?

  18. RFB says . . . | April 6, 2011 / 4:20 pm

    Orwell is british!!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Thermaltalk says . . . | April 8, 2011 / 5:28 pm

    It should have been required reading for the U.S., since it is largely too late for everyone else.
    Oops.
    Too late for us, too.
    Still, good reading to help understand what leaders have been doing for quite a while.

  22. Trevorfassett says . . . | April 8, 2011 / 10:54 pm

    how long does it take to copy this to mp3.zip

  23. Shajji says . . . | May 14, 2011 / 9:43 am

    one of the most influential book of all times! 

  24. Petra ter Doest says . . . | May 28, 2011 / 6:48 pm

    1984 als audioboek.

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  26. DU says . . . | July 28, 2011 / 1:15 am

    Is it British or American english? don’t want to waste the free download chance on some american-spoken book.

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  30. Chris says . . . | June 5, 2012 / 2:49 am

    Brilliant recording! Thanks so much for making it available. Really, really enjoying it

  31. Leany says . . . | December 16, 2012 / 8:52 pm

    Once I download the Zip, how the, do I get it onto itunes?

  32. AK says . . . | December 24, 2012 / 10:52 am

    Thank you… very nice

  33. David says . . . | March 2, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    For those asking how to import this onto itunes,

    you first extract the files by opening the file, and clicking “extract all files” or extract,

    then on itunes you click, FILE>>IMPORT FOLDER FROM LIBRARY, and then browse for the folder.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1473

  34. Tony says . . . | April 10, 2013 / 12:00 pm

    Great book

  35. Nick says . . . | February 14, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    How come you can give this audio book away for free when it is not in the public domain yet?

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