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)
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.
The story is amazing.
He spoiled the entire plot line in the first ten minutes of listening. How did that pass any kind of quality control?
This is became my new favorite.
"The Revolution" - Congressman Ron Paul
A super read for ages 13- 103.
Riveting story, engaging and thought provoking
Squealer was one of the most interesting characters to me
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
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
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
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.
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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