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.
I really enjoyed my re-read of this story as an adult. As a child, I remember choosing the book because it was about animals. I was surprised as I got older to learn that it was about a totalitarian society. I certainly did not read it on that level when I was younger. I finally decided to read this again as an adult and I am so glad that I did. Far from the charming animal book I recalled from my childhood, I was enthralled with the farm's evolution in the story. I enjoyed comparing the behavior of the pigs to the behavior of modern day dictators, particularly with the constant changing of the commandments to suit those in power. I felt sorry for Boxer, who worked harder and harder with no recognition; finally, despite giving his all, he was discarded when he was no longer useful. I also could not help making comparisons to management and labor issues that I have experienced and observed in the workplace. This was a great read, and I am happy that I returned to this book with a different frame of reference than I had as a child.
Great audiobook, but if you haven't read it in a while (or ever) - my advice is to skip the introduction. It assumes you've read the book and basically gives the entire storyline away in 12 sentences!!
All of the characters are misguided in blindly following the leaders, so the story ends up making you dislike all of the characters...especially the pigs!!
Yes, read this in college, but it had been so long. Forgot how meaningful it really was. Enjoyed the voice too.
the liveliness of all the characters.
not really, just so enjoyable - not much time to do these otherwise you'd have to read my book.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
A very powerful deep read into the greed and corruption of the people by the elite wrapped in the guise of a children's story. The saddest sub-plot to me was the story of the dedicated Boxer who was dedicated to the leaders and vowed “I will work Harder” when things got tough, but when he was used up by the system he was ingloriously sent to a profitable death for the pigs rather then the promised days of ease in retirement.
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
This book is a standard - a real classic. I listened to it once. Then I played it for my sons and listened to it again. It's good.
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."