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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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    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 06-16-15
    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 06-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Considered Required Reading With Good Reason"

    "Some are more equal than others..."

    Animal Farm has long been considered "required reading" by many. As it so happens, I was never assigned this book in school - the other American literature classes were assigned it (and my mom always assigned it to her classes), but my class was assigned much longer and, shall we say, more difficult reads. Being a book hound, I generally read what the other classes were assigned, too, but I had never got around to this one until recently. In all honesty, it was probably the length (or lack thereof) that kept me away, as I tend to prefer much longer works. But, in preparation for a recent road trip, I stocked up on on audio books and did some bargain shopping. This title was available to Kindle Unlimited members with whispersync for audio either at no additional cost or for very little cost - and it is just $3.99 on Audible now, I see.

    I'm sorry I put this work off for so long. "Some are more equal than others," indeed.



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    adriana Poile 06-11-15
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    "Wow!"

    This book was excellent. The way it tells the story of the man in power or should I say pigs in power is disturbing and yet it happen in the past and it is still happening.

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    Steve 06-02-15
    Steve 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entire plot line spoiled in the intro. Really?!?"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is amazing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He spoiled the entire plot line in the first ten minutes of listening. How did that pass any kind of quality control?


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    Cheryl 05-15-15
    Cheryl 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
    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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    Have truly enjoyed listening to this book. As always Orwell is an author whose books should be read by all

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    Tina_t 04-25-15
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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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    Jimmy Lubbock, TX, United States 04-23-15
    Jimmy Lubbock, TX, United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great recording of a great classic"

    If you are looking for a great way to get through Animal Farm, you'll want to get this. The reader does an excellent job. The book includes an introduction about why Orwell wrote this book and the type of literature he saw it as.

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    Jessica United States 04-01-15
    Jessica United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    Awesome book. Still relevant after all these years. Recommend this to anyone who likes a good story.

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