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Animal Farm Audiobook

Animal Farm Audiobook

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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    Firstly, the performance was VERY good, however the ending gave me an empty feeling, why the story rating is lower. However, the rest of it was great. Except the back and forth with the windmill destruction, I though it was pretty good.

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    allofushere 10-29-15
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    I had read this book over 30 years ago. I remember liking it. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator and can see myself listening to this story again. It's a great, but sad, portrayal of how society can be taught to believe anything.

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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 09-07-15
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 09-07-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

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    "Required Reading"

    One of my summer reading projects was to re-read Animal Farm and 1984, having read them many years ago while in high school.

    Animal Farm should be required reading. It wraps so many truths in such a small package. It is an absolute classic for many good reasons.

    What stands out about the story is how it, or parts of it, keep repeating themselves. The sheep bleating "four legs good, two legs bad" when shouting down any dissent can't help but remind one of "debates" on cable news channels. Blaming everything bad on Snowball is reminiscent of our politicians repeatedly demonizing and blaming every failure on their predecessors. And there is so much more.

    The central message is that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Although that quote is not attributable to Orwell, "'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" captures the theme in a perhaps more memorable manner.

    Read this book again. You won't be sorry.

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    Liberty Maniacs Minnesota 05-09-15
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    "The Allegory of Chapter 10"

    Timeless as well as timely. Orwell the novelist for the elite foretold what our socialist society has become. The pigs lie. They conspire while we the lower animals toil. The swine are the over stuffed politicians and their bureaucrat minions. Chapter 10 tells of the false hope of retirement for the masses due to the squandering of resources for the betterment of the pigs. The ruse of healthcare for all becomes the reality of death panels, poisonous drugs, fluoridation, and all manner of tricks to shorten the lives of the lower beasts. We are now all creatures on the Animal Farm.

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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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    "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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    Judy New York, NY 09-04-12
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does Animal Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Tyler Charlotte, NC, United States 09-09-11
    Tyler Charlotte, NC, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2014
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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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    Ryan Drakos 04-21-16
    Ryan Drakos 04-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    Orwell's classic remains timeless and relevant in the present day. A must read for high school and above.

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    R. Novak California 04-17-16
    R. Novak California 04-17-16 Member Since 2016

    Quality and functionality without materialism.

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    "Great story, and a very nice performance."

    Another of those books I never should have waited so long to listen to. You'll understand why George Orwell is so highly-regarded as an author once you finish this, and the performance by Ralph Cosham was top notch.

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