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Animal Farm | [George Orwell]

Animal Farm

George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!
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Publisher's Summary

George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words. It is an account of the bold struggle that transforms Mr. Jones' Manor Farm into Animal Farm, a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that bears an insidious familiarity. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.

To supplement the full text version of George Orwell's Animal Farm, listen to the SparkNotes Guide for Animal Farm.

©1946 Harcourt Brace and Jovanich, Inc.; (P)1991 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable of our times....The steadiness and lucidity of Orwell's merciless wit are reminiscent of Anatole France and even of Swift." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    "A sad, but necessary, book"

    I will work harder. I have been inspired by Boxer but not in the way that he, that poor, misguided horse, himself was inspired. Animal Farm has inspired me to work harder at making sure to educate all parts of the human populace, in my job as educator, even more equally and vigorously than before so as not to ever have to see such misery wrought upon any student I have taught or by any student I have taught. May no tyrants live.

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    Kellie 12-14-14
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    "Classic well-read"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 07-08-13 Member Since 2014

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Not much to say that hasn't been said already"

    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.

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    Tyler Charlotte, NC, United States 09-09-11
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    "Best book ever."

    My absolute single favorite book of all times.

    Narration is quite good as well.

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    My first audiobook and a good one! Moves very quickly at the end...

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    Cheryl M. Haab 05-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "wonderful story, wonderfully read"

    a compelling story by a great reader. my 13 year old and I very much enjoyed the different voices the reader put on, especially of the sheep.

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    Christopher Dale Steward 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beyond Classic."
    Where does Animal Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is became my new favorite.


    What other book might you compare Animal Farm to and why?

    "The Revolution" - Congressman Ron Paul


    Any additional comments?

    A super read for ages 13- 103.

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    C. Fox 05-06-15
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    "Riveting"
    If you could sum up Animal Farm in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting story, engaging and thought provoking


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Squealer was one of the most interesting characters to me


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Velva Jacobson 04-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent"

    Have truly enjoyed listening to this book. As always Orwell is an author whose books should be read by all

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    "Truth be told"

    I enjoyed this book. It perfectly summarized how even if powers are over thrown, there is still room for others to become corrupted by power.

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