To supplement the full text version of George Orwell's Animal Farm, listen to the SparkNotes Guide for Animal Farm.
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"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)
Cosham's narration was on point in bringing the many characters to life. This is a worthy presentation of the Orwell classic.
Of course the story is good and very important/relevant but the recording is fuzzy and hard to hear articulately when sped up (im aware that things in general are hard to hear quickly of course but I've had an easier time with newer recordings)
Pretty highly, definitely not on the top though
Snowball (I think that's his name). He's the morally correct one
Great voice actor. Differentiated between characters well. His voice fit the mood well. I'd listen to him again
Not sure. I think I finished it in one day though.
I'm a big George Orwell fan. This was not as good as 1984, but mainly because I feel like it was rushed. The book has a great concept, it just wasn't very long and could have been a lot better.
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It should not have taken me until now to have listened/read this story. It does ring true to our current political situation in the USA. And Ralph Cosham did a fantastic job creating voices for the narrator and characters. There is a creepy factor throughout the story, leading down this path to it inevitable ending. I still love dogs and pigs and will call myself a misanthrope, this story did not take that from me even though it tries to subvert the intellectual animals. As to say--the smarter you are the more likely it is you'll take advantage of the dumb and uneducated. But it's not only intellect, it's the characters' abilities in their confidence. They are con men, just not actually men.
History, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Anyone who aspires to decipher political motives and base behavior must read this book, and when they do they will recognize disturbing and quite familiar characters who must be held to account before they become the elite, and I'm not talking about our current administration.
Listening to audiobooks for few hours everyday since the start of 2017.
I finished listening to this in a single sitting, something I haven't done with any other book. The story was so captivating because we can see our own real world reflected in it.
Every union man and woman should read (or listen) to this book....I can absolutely admit that it's message was lost on me the 1st time I read it in high school.......but now, it's words are particularly poignant.......if you do read it ( it only takes about 3 hours to listen to it ), pay close attention to the pigs (Napoleon, Snowball, Squealer), Mr Jones and the other farmers, the sheep, the dogs, and Boxer and Benjamin.......I guarantee each character will specifically remind you of different people or groups of people that currently make up or comprise your union/company relationship............which is amazing being that this book was published in 1945
In this book, I just love how the "seven commandments" keep subtly changing to benefit the leaders of the laborers.... and how they constantly and incrementally change the narrative of what happened in the past....and how they simply keep repeating a simple dumbed down version of history which is easily remembered and regurgitated by the easily deceived masses......and especially how they control the masses by appealing to their sense of "nationalism" and vague fears.....written 82 years ago, it perfectly describes present day union and political dynamics
I loved the feeling of being powerless and frustration (in a good way) the book gives. Through out the book there are moments of moments were you just want to shout. "Don't do it!" or "You wouldn't actually believe that?!?!" I also love the way the book starts as a triumphant revolution and turns into a effort to burn the point of the original revolution in the first place.
Boxer due to his trust in Napoleon's regime but still holding on to his morals as well as questioning Napoleon's authority as well.
The sheep obliviously.
At the end book as Boxer's health is at its end he his sent to be treated at an animal surgeon but things aren't as the seem and he isn't actually going to a surgeon. Not to spoil anything but at the end the pigs (mainly squealer) convinces them that Boxer was going to the hospital and what the animals thought was incorrect. This was the moment I just lost it. There was clear evidence that the conflict that idea but the pigs somehow convince them to believe there propaganda.
If you want to learn about the history of Communism but want a less historical version of that or you want a strange and sad tale. Even if you have or have not read 1984 or anything written by George Orwell still read this. You will not be disappointed!
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