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Animal Farm Audiobook
Animal Farm
Written by: 
George Orwell
Narrated by: 
Ralph Cosham
Animal Farm Audiobook

Animal Farm Audiobook

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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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    Ben Palm 03-15-16
    Ben Palm 03-15-16
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    "Creepily accurate"

    Every time I read Animal Farm, it sends shivers down my spine - not because I forget what happens, but because of how true it is still today. Man's nature always goes towards greed, selfishness, lies, and pride.

    This time, I read it alongside a friend who had lived in a Communist country. He said that this hit home for him.

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    James Bel Air, MD, United States 03-05-16
    James Bel Air, MD, United States 03-05-16

    Self made, independent deep thinker, who never follows blindly just because you told me to! Man for others...

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    "Just one of those Classics"
    What made the experience of listening to Animal Farm the most enjoyable?

    It was great to listen to this on one of my cross country flights. I find listening to these classic novels brings an entirely enjoyment to an old classic. I found new or renewed joy and things I had forgotten. Some level of relaxation to having someone reading to me that allowed me to think deeper about the many different concepts in this book.


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    Jacob 02-11-16
    Jacob 02-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Expertly read. The introduction was designed to show the way the book was meant to be read"

    Expertly written, as is to be expected from Mr. Orwell.
    Introduction is a spoiler but the story isn't very long either way. Also this speaker is one of my favorite readers for both Audiobooks and Voice Acting.

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    nancy 01-22-16
    nancy 01-22-16 Member Since 2014

    From Wilm., De. Love reading and audiobooks. Other interests include cooking, attending cultural events, my dogs, birding, music and movies.

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    "War Humor"

    Did not know what to expect, had never heard the story. As odd as it was, I did enjoy the story. It definitely teaches multiple lessons or morals. I guess it's sort of a classic in its own way.

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    cody chamberlin 01-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "beautifully, terrifyingly, eloquently true"

    the best representation of reality through fiction ever set to paper. something to be considered by several "equality" movements today.

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    raul del portillo 01-08-16
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    "Was it a Prequel or is it a Sequel of our times?"
    If you could sum up Animal Farm in three words, what would they be?

    Benjamin was right


    What did you like best about this story?

    It portrayed the characters as real life beings. It presented a totalitarian regime very honestly and did so in an entertaining fashion. Had it not been so realistic, I might have been able to take it more lightly, but as it was written, having lived through a communist revolution, I can see where all of the characters were present and necessary in real life. At the risk of being redundant, George Orwell was more of a visionary than a writer. A great work of literature.


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

    You close your eyes and you and see Major, Squealer, Napoleon, Clover, Benjamin, the sheep, etc. far better than the later movie version of the book. His elocution was near perfect.


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

    They did, and it failed miserably, mostly because I believe it was trying to be politically correct.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read (or listen) for all. I can see where as this book was mandatory reading in grade school (for me), more than likely it would not be mandatory now... or might even be banned. Parents need to inform their children that such risks do exist, that the world is full of potential Majors, Napoleons and Squealers, and as such they must be vigilant.

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    Meghna 01-07-16
    Meghna 01-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "No wonder it's a classic"

    loved it. thought about it for days after. short enough for a day trip in a car somewhere.

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    E. Bradley Tennessee 01-06-16
    E. Bradley Tennessee 01-06-16
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    "SKIP THE PREFACE!"

    Great book, but if you're heading it for the first time, skip the into. Go directly to Chapter 1 (Listed as Chapter 2, because of the intro). The intro contains spoilers, and will shape the way you look at the story. I recommend listening to the book first, and once you've pondered it in your own a bit, go back and listen to the intro if you want a bit of context and a critic's perspective.

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    Joe 12-08-15
    Joe 12-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"

    I love the personification of animals in order to simplify the horrors of totalitarianism. a great read. I also strongly recommend 1984.

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    Daniel 09-01-15
    Daniel 09-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "overated"

    A somewhat overated book. I found it very predictable. At least it is a short listen.

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