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)
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.
Absolutely. It is a classic that everyone should read (or listen to). I'm glad I finally did.
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.
Boxer. He represents the simpleminded but industrious masses which the authorities utilize to sustain power for themselves.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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.
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.
When the pigs walked out of the house on two legs.
When the animals kicked the farmer out of the farm house and successfully took over all the farm work themselves.
My reaction was resolve and determination to not let my cause go the same route.
The symbolism of it all is better then i remember from school.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone should read this book. I am not sure what age for kids. It could be too scary if they are too young.
40 years in radio. Free speech... don't ever let anyone take it away from us. The Theatre of the mind is beautiful.
Our government today?
all animals are NOT created equal
The pigs started walking on 2 legs. 4 legs good...2 legs bad
With what is happening in Washington DC...is this happening today?
The introduction is invaluable. After listening to this recording, a modern teenager will be able to understand what Orwell was trying to get at. An adult will still need to explain the book in todays context.
The nature of man in animal form. Ideology, loyalty, and devotion become strings for a corrupt puppet master. What I love is how this story continues to be relevant regardless of how much time passes. Network News, Politicians, Social organizations can all be seen on the farm. Highly recommended!
Squealer- He was tasked with doing the mental gymnastics to hew to the Party Line.
The scene at the end when the pigs were dancing on two feet.
No, I was more impressed by the author's fidelity o the true picture of Communism.
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