Here we have George Orwell giving us a story of what was to happen in Russia under Stalin and, so many other revolutions. As the story goes from beginning to end we see how a government can slowly lie to the people and people will start to believe what is said. Then the people start to turn on those that try to point out what the government has been doing. This should be a book to teach us about what happens when we become complacent in our lives.
I haven't attempted reading any of Orwell's works since high school. I'm now 60 and took the plunge. This book is amazing and the narration is truly awesome. I couldn't turn the book off and finished it in one sitting, and went straight on to "1984."
Both, funny in the presentation but sadly true for the most part
Surprisingly enjoyable and Interesting to see how relevant the twist and turns of this allegory still are. I remember that 30+ years ago I thought the concept of the book was great but the details were boring. Now, in part due to listening and in part due to living through lots of examples in modern history to compare it to, I felt the flow of the political satire and truth behind the sarcasm. All in all a pleasurable read and one can see Orwell on his way towards 1984.
I just loved the story! It was my first time reading/listening to it but I have heard great things about it for years. Animal Farm is ranked pretty high on my list now. I loved the narrator as well...really well acted. It is relevant to this day and age so I recommend listening to it.
avid reader, on my way to avid listener. also an employee at Audible.
Animal Farm, though being an obvious allegory for Stalinist Russia, contains wisdom and symbolism applicable to, perhaps, all societal conditions. There is very little of rich character development here, yet there is something so deeply familiar about this simplified world. Orwell is not afraid of using stereotypes as a means of getting at truth; and I believe that he is successful. His story is not only politically convincing, but it also manages to grip the reader in unexpected ways. I experienced deep sadness and frustration while reading this weird little story about talking animals.
While seemingly silly in content, the story manages also a very dark melancholy from which it never rises. There is no happy ending to Animal Farm. It brings us to a place different in physical description from the opening state of things, and yet so similar in feeling; a feeling mostly dark and discouraging. But there is good here too, and that good is the importance of awareness. The biggest flaw of the animals on Animal Farm seems to be a lack of awareness, and this flaw brings them out of, through, and back to the same state of misery. I don't think Orwell believed that this cycle would ever end; there will always be a Napoleon and the pigs. But there are also always tools available for a fight, and the most important tool is awareness.
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Although the story is about Soviets, it could apply to any present day government.
I will probably listen to this again mostly to remember how many freedoms we enjoy and how precious liberty is. The insights were very thought provoking as well as the ability to relate to the characters.
Absolutely. It is a classic that everyone should read (or listen to). I'm glad I finally did.
Of course, Lord of the Flies and 1984, both of which deal with society and power. And how power inevitably manipulates the (usually largely dimmer-witted) followers in society, to the deliberate benefit of those in power.
Boxer. He represents the simpleminded but industrious masses which the authorities utilize to sustain power for themselves.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
I'm trying to catch up on some classics I missed out on. I loved 1984 and thought I would like this book as well. Not so much. I understand the underlying political and social statements, but I had a hard time with the talking animal aspect.