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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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    Farien 03-21-14
    Farien 03-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Should have read in High School, but Didn't."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Animal Farm to be better than the print version?

    The audio book helps to digest the book by providing full reading within a day or two. The print version would allow the reader to flip back to see what the original Rules of the Farm were; I missed this option.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I saw this coming. The cover page leads the reader to this spoiler image.


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

    I am surprised to know teenagers are encouraged to read this book. It is a lot to digest.


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    Denis A. 02-24-14
    Denis A. 02-24-14 Listener Since 2007
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    "four legs good, two legs bad!"
    What made the experience of listening to Animal Farm the most enjoyable?

    This was my first time reading Animal Farm and I must say with the narration, it made for a memorable read. I enjoyed narration parts of Boxer, Squealed, and Napoleon.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the narration part for mighty Boxer, the most.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite moments from the audio were the chanting of the animals and the various anthems they came up with.


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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 02-06-14
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2011

    I like to read but listening is better.

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    "Brilliant Fairy Tale"
    If you could sum up Animal Farm in three words, what would they be?

    Power Corrupts Absolutely


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Animal Farm?

    The coup that drives out Snow Ball and elevates Napoleon is obviously the turning point in the book. At that point it turns from a story of rebellion to one of tragedy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Four Legs Good; Two Legs Better"


    If you could take any character from Animal Farm out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well, most of the characters are animals so this isn't a very good question for this particular book.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the narrator. The story really needs a British voice, and I thought the narrators soft, sad way of speaking was perfect. I honestly think hearing the story told by this narrator made it a very different experience for me than if I had simply read the book on my own.

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    Khalid HOUSTON, TX, United States 07-12-13
    Khalid HOUSTON, TX, United States 07-12-13
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    "magnificent Story."
    Would you listen to Animal Farm again? Why?

    I'd like to listen to Animal farm again since it's show how the history repeat its self. I'm aware of what happend in the Arab country. So what happend in Animal Farm could happen again in the Arab spring country. There is a revolution and a new party that rule the people and the seem democratic but it's not true at all. So I believe every one should listen and read this significant piece of literature.


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

    on of the book is 1984 by the same author. it's predict the hidden future under a dictatorship regime.


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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 07-08-13
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "Enjoyable"

    I liked but did not love the story. The best part, in my opinion, was the comparison of people to animals. The use of animals in the story allowed my mind to wander and explore the story more openly. I did enjoy it quite a bit.

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    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 07-08-13
    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2011

    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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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 05-30-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Classic Revisited as an Adult"

    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.

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    Jennifer West Newton, MA, United States 05-09-13
    Jennifer West Newton, MA, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Skip the introduction...please!"
    Where does Animal Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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!!


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    Jearl Zephyr Cove, NV, United States 03-04-13
    Jearl Zephyr Cove, NV, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "awsome read"
    Would you listen to Animal Farm again? Why?

    Yes, read this in college, but it had been so long. Forgot how meaningful it really was. Enjoyed the voice too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot


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

    the liveliness of all the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    revolution


    Any additional comments?

    not really, just so enjoyable - not much time to do these otherwise you'd have to read my book.

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    Sam Motes Tampa 03-04-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 03-04-13 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Two Legs bad"

    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.

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