[Download] We By Yevgeny Zamyatin


By: Yevgeny Zamyatin
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 6 hours
Release date: Mar 28, 2011
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1,461 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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Set in the twenty-sixth century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom. Clarence Brown's brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel, first published in Russia in 1988 after more than sixty years' suppression.
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25 Responses to “[Download] We By Yevgeny Zamyatin”

  1. Jewell Rensberger

    Interesting as s historical artifact
    The story gets more and more incoherent as it goes r, to the point I wondered if the editor didn’t get chapters out of order near the end. I enjoyed the first third, the rest was a slog to finish. I had a lot of trouble empathizing with the protagonist, and that made it less enjoyable.

  2. Dean Capilla

    Good narration, awful book
    I kept pressing on in hopes of finding a redeeming ending to the book, but I certainly didn’t find it. Very confusing language (likely due to original date and language of writing) that had almost as many incomplete sentences/thoughts as it did complete. Book was lacking in important details but full of useless ones. Story wasn’t exciting and didn’t have much of a plot to it – it really felt like it was just rambling on, adding chapter by chapter without ever having a completed plot.

  3. Leighann Feuer

    Classic story with solid narration
    The only issue I had with this audiobook was a minor production matter. There was virtually no break in the audio between chapters and in some instances the break was not even as long as a normal break between narrated words. Minor issue for sure but it was distracting at times.

  4. Kelly Spangenberg

    super. hoT. super. hot. super hot. super hot. SUPER HOT SUPER HOT SUPER HOT SUPER HOT. THIS is not. that. is not. find the control room.

  5. Heather Garrison

    Great story!
    It would be easy to say that this book is just like all the other dark, satirical dystopian stories, except for the fact that is was written in 1921 and all the other dark, satirical dystopian stories owe the existence of their genre to We! I was really rooting for D-503, and found myself sad for him at the end!

  6. Muoi Blakemore

    I didn’t know that George Orwell based “1984” off of Yevgeny Zamyatin’s book “We.” This classic science fiction novel has been retold before in many other forms. “We” feels very dated, but as a fan of this genre, I wanted to read the original of anti-Utopia. Will I remember Zamyatin’s art? Probably not, but it explains a lot of the same plot that has been repeatedly told over and over in this genre.

  7. Ivory Strekas

    Better than Anthem
    Would you consider the audio edition of We to be better than the print version?

  8. andrew lober

    intro ruined the book
    the first chapter of the audio book tells the highlights and ending of the book, skip it

  9. Bobbi Branham

    I guess it’s good for a classic
    If you want to read a classic scifi book, this one fits be bill, but the language, plot, and science in the book is sub-par based on many later books.

  10. Bo Carullo

    Interesting literarily and historically
    Hard to find a character to feel for. Deep subject and shallow character development.

  11. Connie Heavrin

    good for me
    I bought this not because it sounded good but because it sounded like something I should read. I am a fan of this genre so it wasn’t too hard to listen to. some good moments, but, maybe it was the narrator, it seemed to drone on and on.

  12. Misty Huson

    One of the very best
    I am astounded by this book. Written 90 years ago it speaks directly to today. The translation is marvelous. The narrator is one of the finest on service.

  13. Glen Caperon

    Fascintating Vintage Dystopia.
    This is an important vintage sci fi dystopia, said to have influenced George Orwell’s 1984. My rating 4.0.

    D-503 is a citizen of OneState where the “Benefactor” takes care of everyone for the collective good. Everyone is provided housing, identical clothing, work, food and sexual engagement with choice of partners. Everyone is expected to be happy and satisfied with their needs taken care of within the glass city. The secret police and spies are quick to deal with anyone who tries to go beyond the Green Wall, or refuses to conform to the regulated routines.

    D-503 has an important job as one of the mathematicians helping to build the Integral, the first space ship to expand the world of OneState. He deals with numbers, facts and logic. He is not a poet but he is intent on journaling his thoughts as a record to share with the future even as he records the steps of his ‘madness’.

    One day D-503 and his usual female partner are walking during personal time, the time when the masses walk along the prescribed route. D-503 becomes aware of another couple walking beside him. He is immediately smitten by I-330, a woman who defies the rules and invites him to meet her a few days hence. She leads him on a walk at an unscheduled time to a strange house off the usual paths and then proceeds to captivate his thoughts and energies.

    D-503 shares his jumbled emotions and fears as I-330 leads him into rebellion and a conspiracy to take down OneState. He struggles with his logical training to obey the regulations and his inner yearning to break free of the government system. Is it better to be controlled and ‘taken care of’ or to be free and experience the highs and lows available with individual freedoms?

    This is not an unusual theme for a science fiction dystopian but I found the story remarkable particularly because it was written in 1921 by a Russian. The story was banned in the author’s own country for over half a century. The world that Zamyatin creates may not be so fantastic by today’s standards but in its own time was an excellent creation. Although the story was a bit confusing, I found myself fascinated by D-503s dilemma of self-discovery. It was also fascinating understanding this was penned by an author living during revolutions in a totalitarian country.

    The introduction provides a good history of the writing and the struggles to provide a proper translation. Some translators call the city ‘United State’ but this translation uses OneState which I think fits. Also, the prose and satire are nicely presented in this translation. This may not be as exciting as some of today’s sci fi adventures but it is a worthwhile read in the catalog of vintage sci fi.

    Audio Notes: Grover Gardner is a masterful narrator. I have listened to him on many titles and I discovered I had to adjust to his narration on this. Once I was absorbed by the web of the character’s life and confusion I totally enjoyed the easy flow of the narration. I recommend this in audio format.

  14. Hedwig Mccaine

    2 Stars
    One star for the beginning prolog. One star for the last chapter. Read those and there you have it. No stars for the meat in the sandwich. No consistency. Constipated thought. Am I being harsh? An historic inspiration. Clever future thoughts and vision. Yet, lost in the translation. Maybe better in written word.

  15. Arlie Tjandra

    The grand-daddy of all Dystopians
    1984 is easily one of my all-time favorite books. So, when I heard that “We” was one of the stories that Orwell read that shaped his Big Brother world, I had to read it. I’m glad that I did.

    “We” tells the story of D-503 in the 26th Century. While being written in the 20’s — some of the stories and ideas within “We” are still valid today, while others do feel a bit dated.

    I can definitely tell where Orwell picked up some of his dystopian ideas for 1984 within this book — a lot of the plotlines seem similar “Benefactor” vs Big Brother, main male character writing his thoughts down (and ends up writing down thoughts against the world he currently lives in), and the way a girl/woman can pull them from their normal everyday lives to a new and unique life.

    The narration is really well done, the book is very flowy until it’s choppy (which makes no sense until I explain it). Basically, the story is a journal from D-503. And sometimes he just stops writing because their leisure time is up, or his thoughts are confused. And others — D-503 writes long and crazy stories about what is happening to him and what is going to happen. It’s a bit crazy, but I really enjoyed it.

    Overall, “We” is a must read for those who love dystopians. It’s one of the world’s first — and even though it’s almost 100 years old, a lot of the premises will still give you chills today.

  16. Adam F

    Great Ideas Poor Style
    There were some excellent ideas put forth in this story but the writing style was hard to follow and it felt as if the main character couldn’t finish a thought, which leaves readers guessing. I thought the narration was good, nothing special however. A worth while read as it pertains to 1984 and other dystopian novels.

  17. Wesley Dippery

    Never knew about this little gem!
    I’m glad I stumbled across this book in my search for dystopian novels. I can also see where George Orwell used it as part of the foundation for his book 1984. I would highly recommend it to anybody who is into dystopian novels. I can’t say much about it except for that it is very unique and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I would also say it is very before its time with the amount of sexual freedom that it portrayed.

    As for the narrator, Grover Gardner, this is probably one of the best books I’ve ever heard him narrate. For some reason I have a habit of picking out novels that he narrates without even knowing it. I was almost dismayed when I realized I had purchased the book and he was the narrator. Not that he is a bad narrator the after you’ve listened to a couple books of his and they are both extremely long I just wasn’t looking forward to another book with having his voice. I was extremely surprised at the quality of his performance which is always good but was well above and beyond the other performances I’ve experienced with the other books.

  18. Lanny Mashack

    A Game of Manipulation
    A wonderfully told story with fascinating characters. We is much like 1984 but with a hive mind aspect in the population. Everyone is trying to manipulate the main character and use his unique knowledge to undo the other’s plans.
    I do wish the world outside the wall was explored more but it was an interesting universe to explore.

  19. Cinda Earps

    I don’t know if I got it
    I’ll have to research. At the beginning, I thought it was alluding to communism, and maybe it was, but I don’t know if I really ever understood it.

  20. Sarabaite

    Wedged between Wells and Orwell, this Russian/English sci-fi dystopian gem …
    Wedged between Wells and Orwell, this Russian/English sci-fi dystopian gem unites the wild emotional swings more typically seen in 19th century lit and the despair of losing one’s individualism, typical of later in the 20th century. It was something to see someone’s vision of the future that could include flying cars, but not video surveillance; rocketships, but not pervasive plastic. The “safe city” is built of glass and its citizens still communicate using hand-written notes. The high-tech messages are sent via sound equipment, but nary a photo graces the whole city. The intro giving the history of its publication is worth a listen: written in England by an author born in Russia, published in English in NYC, 1920, then traveling through decades and languages and countries. It was finally published in Russia in its original Russian in 1988.

  21. Corine Maffei

    Orwell and Huxley Ripped Him Off!
    Really a 3.5 on story, but sooo ahead of its time, I had to bump it up. Grover Gardner is always great – he and Simon Vance are tied for my #2 behind Jim Dale.
    The story does bog down, and get very strange 2nd half – need to listen again. Main thrust is the main characrer’s order versus soul battle.

  22. Robin

    WE are not impressed
    Yevgeny Zamyatin may have been the first to write a story like this but I don’t buy that robot to lust and jealousy constitutes a soul. It was more like complete control to complete (emotional at least) loss of control.

  23. Mickey Froemming

    A great classic
    The narration of this great work was amazing. This is a classic work that is timeless in its relevance.

  24. Nicky Dedman

    Rough inspiration for 1984
    This classic of early science fiction was the prototype for nearly every dystopian novel written since. George Orwell identified We as his inspiration for 1984, and the similarities are obvious.

    Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “OneState” under its “Benefactor” are not as fully developed as Orwell’s Oceania and Big Brother – Zamyatin wanted to represent ideas which were (obviously) allusions to the communist regime that he had to flee, but he didn’t go as far as Orwell did in creating a society meant to be believable and similar to our own. Also, the prose (allowing for the translation from Russian) is often clunky, the dialog sometimes laughable, and the plot verges into the absurd. But it is an early work of science fiction and deserves its laurels for inspiring the better novels that came after it.

    Besides the obvious dystopian elements of OneState and the iconic figurehead of a “Benefactor,” one can also see Orwell’s inspiration in the up-is-down, black-is-white logic of OneState, which holds annual elections so everyone can vote in perfect unanimity for the Benefactor and which manages to reify ideas into what Orwell would later call “thoughtctimes.”

    In OneState, everyone lives in a glass apartment building. Society runs according to strict scientific algorithms, making everyone equal and everything fair. For example, human beings have been freed from lust and jealousy by the simple expedient of making everyone a public good – if you want to have sex with someone, you just put in a request for their number and at an appointed time they will show up to perform their duty.

    I can see a few obvious problems with this scheme that even a dystopian police state would have trouble controlling, but again, this book is more of a thought experiment than a carefully designed setting.

    Zamyatin’s tale of D-503, a scientist/drone whose previously unquestioned loyalty to OneState is suddenly shaken by a desire to get laid by someone sexier than his assigned short, plain, girlfriend O-90, is at heart a fairly typical story that even has a few pulp action scenes at the end. I can see it being an inspiration not only for George Orwell but also Isaac Asimov and other writers of the generation who would have read Zamyatin’s novel growing up.

    It was interesting to read, but We is very much an artifact of its time, and Zamyatin’s writing unfortunately fell flat for me as most Russian writers tend to.

  25. Reyes Bentrup

    A Classic, Very Early Dystopian Novel
    7 word summary: dystopian rocket-scientist derailed by sexy rebel.

    We was written in 1921, before Metropolis, Brave New World, Anthem, or 1984. It is preceded only by Jack London’s The Iron Heel as a modern satyrical dystopia. It was first published in New York in a relatively poor English translation (by Gregory Zilboorg) because … Russia. It was actually the first novel banned by the Soviets. Newer and better translations are available, like this one by Grover Gardner, which uses the original manuscript.

    In this dismal future mankind lives out its collective life according to the rhythms of “the table.” Everyone is a number, everyone does everything at the same time, even sexual partnerships are reduced to a kind of egalitarian ticketing system. The narrator of We is creating a record with the intent of glorifying the state in preparation for the launch of his rocket, the Integral, which will spread the state’s enlightened ways to other planets. What he actually ends up recording is how his life is derailed by the rebellious woman, I330, who has the bad graces to offer him hot sex and introduce him to cigarettes and booze. Our boy can’t handle all of this good stuff and … well, I don’t want to spoil it for you.

    Is it good? Hmmm. Well, no. Not really. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a cool read. It has some neat ideas and some good, almost imagistic writing. It just isn’t very believable or coherent as a story. It is very similar to the Ayn Rand’s later story, Anthem. Anthem is more focused, which is shocking as hell given how rambling Ayn Rand usually is. The biggest (but not the only) problem with Anthem is … Ayn Rand. Ew. It is saturated with her bankrupt and extreme Objectivist philosophy. So I prefer We. We is also a little more weird and dream-like, which I dig.

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