After hearing so much of how boring this book was I did not want to read it. It helped me to get the audio book rather than the paper back and I really ended up enjoying it. It delves deep into the history and psyche of mankind and was informative in a very creative way. I liked it much more than I thought I would.
This simple parable is more effective in showing the true nature of this awful form of government than any long winded treatise I have ever read. We watch as the leadership of the animal farm becomes more corrupt with every day just as all totalitarian systems go. Never was such a system damned with so few words. It remains my favorite work of Orwell's.
I loved this book for several reasons: 1. it has an excellent storyline and character development that is compelling, intriguing, and catches interest very easily through its incredible nature and simultaneously its relateability; 2. its excellent political commentary on the specific historical time of publication as well as broader social commentary regrettably infinitely relateable; and 3. for its release on the need for a happy ending while still maintaining an excellent message. I can always count on George Orwell to deliver inciteful social commentary while tugging on my heart strings and keeping it concise. He's my briefer, 20th century Charles Dickens.
The reader for this particular audio book is also excellent, keeping it lively, using different voices, and even sings the Beasts song in the beginning.
At just a little over 3 hours, this little book grabs your attention and in true George Orwell fashion, disturbs you deeply and makes you look at life just a little differently. A good listen, a good narrator and a pleasure to listen through.
Animal Farm is an outstanding fictional work which so accurately describes the unfortunate yet common results of ignorance plus gullibility. The performance kept me invested in the story.
I think this book shows how the evil of man can spread from all of the animals that assume power. I personally hope that one day, there may be a sequel to this outstanding book.
"Some are more equal than others..."
Animal Farm has long been considered "required reading" by many. As it so happens, I was never assigned this book in school - the other American literature classes were assigned it (and my mom always assigned it to her classes), but my class was assigned much longer and, shall we say, more difficult reads. Being a book hound, I generally read what the other classes were assigned, too, but I had never got around to this one until recently. In all honesty, it was probably the length (or lack thereof) that kept me away, as I tend to prefer much longer works. But, in preparation for a recent road trip, I stocked up on on audio books and did some bargain shopping. This title was available to Kindle Unlimited members with whispersync for audio either at no additional cost or for very little cost - and it is just $3.99 on Audible now, I see.
I'm sorry I put this work off for so long. "Some are more equal than others," indeed.