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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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    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
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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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    "Animal Farm in the 21st Century"
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    Reading Orwell's classic in this early half of the 21st century, one might perceive it to be a bygone prophesy of a bygone era. Indeed, its metaphors refer to dynamics of class warfare, nationalism, ideological internationalism, and international politics that were unique to the period in which Orwell was writing, and which he personally experienced in its rawest form. Today, thanks to the thorough discrediting of Darwinist social theory and demise of empires and colonies, nationalism is a low and controllable flame. Thanks in part to their own extreme failures, the great ideologies of the twentieth century (i.e. fascism, communism, anarchism, etc...) have become moot concepts. Finally, now that a democratic country has become world hegemon, thereby eliminating the kind of life or death squabbles that brought the world right near collapse in 1939-1945, or afterward during the Cold War, the metaphors of competition and cooperation between the human farms and the Animal Farm no longer have quite the same relevance.

    All that said, we would be mistaken to think that Animal Farm is not still prophetic to this day and age. For one, supremacist thought/ideology does not need scientific theory to justify it, and entire "peoples," however they come to define themselves, always have and will continue to find ways to justify their conquest or enslavement of others. And although the great ideologies are dead for now, class inequities and oppression are perhaps now greater than they have ever been, and it takes precious little peckering to teach a poor man that he deserves better. The modern state will crack again soon, and from its fissures will rise new movements of workers and oppressed. And finally, the United States is most certainly in decline vis-a-vis the various rising regional powers of the world, all of which justifiably feel threatened by US power and will consequently do what they can, when they can, to diminish it further. Furthermore, democracy is rarely a priority amid insecurity. The ultimate result: a return to the sickening conspiracies of power that defined the 20th Century, and which were described so well in a fairy tale about animals on a farm in 1945.

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    Ian 03-27-15
    Ian 03-27-15

    Interested in keeping it interesting, leadership, theology and business.

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    The government media propaganda on employment, gas prices, the economy, medicine. It's as if they took this story and are using it as a playbook. The ignorance of the people is their demise.

    I love the contrast of the sheep and the sheeple today that just repeat the dividing rhetoric. Their decision to or lack of ability to think critically and their dependence on the system allows them to be manipulated to promote their own enslavement.

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    MIGHTYA 03-03-15
    MIGHTYA 03-03-15

    Life is too short to skip a great story, and ice cream.

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    "Great classic"

    A great classic and recording. Worth going back to read it again in a few years. The narration is fine.

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    Yes ! Amazing so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so amazing used it for school

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    "A must read"

    Very beautifully written with an excellent reader. George It is a moving journey through the satires experienced by the animals.

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    "A Great Reading of a Book Everyone Should Know"

    This book is a classic for very good reason. Good narration and even a really good introduction.

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    Cody Brown 02-10-15
    Cody Brown 02-10-15 Member Since 2014

    Interested in mostly history, biographies, autobiographies, classics, and Great Courses...with some Sci Fi thrown in for fun!

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    "Great narration of one of the best of all time."
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    Animal Farm is a classic among classics, and Cosham does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.

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    "A classic fit for our day"

    This is a classic that I read along time ago but reading it today seemed so fitting.
    The reading was well done.

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