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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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    Jennifer West Newton, MA, United States 05-09-13
    Jennifer West Newton, MA, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    Where does Animal Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great audiobook, but if you haven't read it in a while (or ever) - my advice is to skip the introduction. It assumes you've read the book and basically gives the entire storyline away in 12 sentences!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters are misguided in blindly following the leaders, so the story ends up making you dislike all of the characters...especially the pigs!!


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    Jearl Zephyr Cove, NV, United States 03-04-13
    Jearl Zephyr Cove, NV, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "awsome read"
    Would you listen to Animal Farm again? Why?

    Yes, read this in college, but it had been so long. Forgot how meaningful it really was. Enjoyed the voice too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot


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

    the liveliness of all the characters.


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

    revolution


    Any additional comments?

    not really, just so enjoyable - not much time to do these otherwise you'd have to read my book.

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    Sam Motes Tampa 03-04-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 03-04-13 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Two Legs bad"

    A very powerful deep read into the greed and corruption of the people by the elite wrapped in the guise of a children's story. The saddest sub-plot to me was the story of the dedicated Boxer who was dedicated to the leaders and vowed “I will work Harder” when things got tough, but when he was used up by the system he was ingloriously sent to a profitable death for the pigs rather then the promised days of ease in retirement.

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    Amazon Customer 03-04-13 Member Since 2013

    I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.

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    "Four legs good - two legs better"

    This book is a standard - a real classic. I listened to it once. Then I played it for my sons and listened to it again. It's good.

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    Barbara United States 01-23-13
    Barbara United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrifying!"

    I can easily see that this is what we are coming to in the good old U.S. of A.!

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    Eliza SHERMAN, ME, United States 01-22-13
    Eliza SHERMAN, ME, United States 01-22-13
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    A great classic that still has lessons that need to be taught in todays society

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-31-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great look at the future and the past"

    Here we have George Orwell giving us a story of what was to happen in Russia under Stalin and, so many other revolutions. As the story goes from beginning to end we see how a government can slowly lie to the people and people will start to believe what is said. Then the people start to turn on those that try to point out what the government has been doing. This should be a book to teach us about what happens when we become complacent in our lives.

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    Jan Houston, TX, United States 10-08-12
    Jan Houston, TX, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Orwell and Cosham, a Dynamic Duo!"

    I haven't attempted reading any of Orwell's works since high school. I'm now 60 and took the plunge. This book is amazing and the narration is truly awesome. I couldn't turn the book off and finished it in one sitting, and went straight on to "1984."

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    Adam SAINT JAMES, MO, United States 10-01-12
    Adam SAINT JAMES, MO, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A One Sitting Listen"
    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 2012
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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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