For some reason I was never required to read this is school, so when I saw it on list of classics, I bought it on Audible. It was a wonderful story of political corruption and societal norms. The narrator was great and his varying voices for the characters kept my interest.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I've been putting off reading this book for about 20 years. I got it as part of some 2 for 1 audible special or something. I'd say it was worth the time to listen to it.
The story is a great cautionary tail, and it certainly held my attention the entire time.
I'm deducting 1 star because the story lacked any trace of subtlety. The message was shoved down our throats. The other 4 stars I'm keeping, because it was a message that everyone should hear.
Riveting story, engaging and thought provoking
Squealer was one of the most interesting characters to me
He's an excellent narrator and truly acts out the entire story and brought it to life more than if I had read it from a book
Its such a powerful story, I just found it very engaging - I was eager to listen to it. Its upsetting and thought provoking - it didn't make me laugh or cry but it certainly made me think a lot
I love that it was only a few hours. It is hard to find an audio book as good as this that is so short - in fact so far this is the only one I've found - which is perfect for someone like me who has very limited time in the car to listen to audiobooks
If you are looking for a great way to get through Animal Farm, you'll want to get this. The reader does an excellent job. The book includes an introduction about why Orwell wrote this book and the type of literature he saw it as.
Reading Orwell's classic in this early half of the 21st century, one might perceive it to be a bygone prophesy of a bygone era. Indeed, its metaphors refer to dynamics of class warfare, nationalism, ideological internationalism, and international politics that were unique to the period in which Orwell was writing, and which he personally experienced in its rawest form. Today, thanks to the thorough discrediting of Darwinist social theory and demise of empires and colonies, nationalism is a low and controllable flame. Thanks in part to their own extreme failures, the great ideologies of the twentieth century (i.e. fascism, communism, anarchism, etc...) have become moot concepts. Finally, now that a democratic country has become world hegemon, thereby eliminating the kind of life or death squabbles that brought the world right near collapse in 1939-1945, or afterward during the Cold War, the metaphors of competition and cooperation between the human farms and the Animal Farm no longer have quite the same relevance.
All that said, we would be mistaken to think that Animal Farm is not still prophetic to this day and age. For one, supremacist thought/ideology does not need scientific theory to justify it, and entire "peoples," however they come to define themselves, always have and will continue to find ways to justify their conquest or enslavement of others. And although the great ideologies are dead for now, class inequities and oppression are perhaps now greater than they have ever been, and it takes precious little peckering to teach a poor man that he deserves better. The modern state will crack again soon, and from its fissures will rise new movements of workers and oppressed. And finally, the United States is most certainly in decline vis-a-vis the various rising regional powers of the world, all of which justifiably feel threatened by US power and will consequently do what they can, when they can, to diminish it further. Furthermore, democracy is rarely a priority amid insecurity. The ultimate result: a return to the sickening conspiracies of power that defined the 20th Century, and which were described so well in a fairy tale about animals on a farm in 1945.