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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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    Adam SAINT JAMES, MO, United States 10-01-12
    Adam SAINT JAMES, MO, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Animal Farm the most enjoyable?

    The narrator


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

    The ending


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

    Both, funny in the presentation but sadly true for the most part


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    Lawerence Brooklyn, NY, USA 09-24-12
    Lawerence Brooklyn, NY, USA 09-24-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Nice to read again after 30 years"
    What did you love best about Animal Farm?

    Surprisingly enjoyable and Interesting to see how relevant the twist and turns of this allegory still are. I remember that 30+ years ago I thought the concept of the book was great but the details were boring. Now, in part due to listening and in part due to living through lots of examples in modern history to compare it to, I felt the flow of the political satire and truth behind the sarcasm. All in all a pleasurable read and one can see Orwell on his way towards 1984.


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    Judy New York, NY 09-04-12
    Judy New York, NY 09-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    Where does Animal Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I just loved the story! It was my first time reading/listening to it but I have heard great things about it for years. Animal Farm is ranked pretty high on my list now. I loved the narrator as well...really well acted. It is relevant to this day and age so I recommend listening to it.


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    Frank Newark, NJ, United States 08-17-12
    Frank Newark, NJ, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2012

    avid reader, on my way to avid listener. also an employee at Audible.

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    Animal Farm, though being an obvious allegory for Stalinist Russia, contains wisdom and symbolism applicable to, perhaps, all societal conditions. There is very little of rich character development here, yet there is something so deeply familiar about this simplified world. Orwell is not afraid of using stereotypes as a means of getting at truth; and I believe that he is successful. His story is not only politically convincing, but it also manages to grip the reader in unexpected ways. I experienced deep sadness and frustration while reading this weird little story about talking animals.

    While seemingly silly in content, the story manages also a very dark melancholy from which it never rises. There is no happy ending to Animal Farm. It brings us to a place different in physical description from the opening state of things, and yet so similar in feeling; a feeling mostly dark and discouraging. But there is good here too, and that good is the importance of awareness. The biggest flaw of the animals on Animal Farm seems to be a lack of awareness, and this flaw brings them out of, through, and back to the same state of misery. I don't think Orwell believed that this cycle would ever end; there will always be a Napoleon and the pigs. But there are also always tools available for a fight, and the most important tool is awareness.

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    E. Keshishyan Glendale, ca United States 08-10-12
    E. Keshishyan Glendale, ca United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2002

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    "This holds true for today as well"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


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

    All of them


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

    Nice


    Who was the most memorable character of Animal Farm and why?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    Although the story is about Soviets, it could apply to any present day government.

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    Kirk MARICOPA, AZ, United States 07-12-12
    Kirk MARICOPA, AZ, United States 07-12-12
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    Would you listen to Animal Farm again? Why?

    I will probably listen to this again mostly to remember how many freedoms we enjoy and how precious liberty is. The insights were very thought provoking as well as the ability to relate to the characters.


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    Charles Cyr Underhill, VT, United States 06-21-12
    Charles Cyr Underhill, VT, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    ".... only some are more equal...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It is a classic that everyone should read (or listen to). I'm glad I finally did.


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

    Of course, Lord of the Flies and 1984, both of which deal with society and power. And how power inevitably manipulates the (usually largely dimmer-witted) followers in society, to the deliberate benefit of those in power.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Boxer. He represents the simpleminded but industrious masses which the authorities utilize to sustain power for themselves.


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

    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.


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    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-24-12
    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    I'm trying to catch up on some classics I missed out on. I loved 1984 and thought I would like this book as well. Not so much. I understand the underlying political and social statements, but I had a hard time with the talking animal aspect.

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    Q. Chase 05-14-12
    Q. Chase 05-14-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "A great way to experience this stirring classic"
    Where does Animal Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio books I have heard. I especially appreciated the reader's rendition of the song "Beasts of England", because a song without a believable tune is much less effective than a catchy ditty that draws the listener into the story.
    This is an important story for our time and easy for even young readers to grasp.


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

    When the pigs walked out of the house on two legs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the animals kicked the farmer out of the farm house and successfully took over all the farm work themselves.


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

    My reaction was resolve and determination to not let my cause go the same route.


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    Mahal La Quinta, CA USA 05-07-12
    Mahal La Quinta, CA USA 05-07-12
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    What did you love best about Animal Farm?

    The symbolism of it all is better then i remember from school.


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

    Must have been when the working house passed. The pigs new they were in trouble. And the horrible act they did then do what was right for the horse is kind of like today.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    the conclution is off. maybe come up with a down fall for the pigs. in communism it is meant to main government is ment to fall.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who are into politics or have read this book in school re-reading it as an adult is even better when you can see more of the double meaning.

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